There were 88,521 new coronavirus infections reported in the US on October 29, 9,540 more than Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In total, there were 8,944,934 cases and at least 228,656 deaths in the US – 971 of them on Thursday, JHU data show.
“This is the toughest point in this pandemic right now – the next two months,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former member of the US Food and Drug Administration, in an interview on “Squawk Box. “by CNBC on Thursday. “We can’t let go of our guard right now.”
And it could get much worse.
“If states do not respond to increased numbers by re-imposing duties, the cumulative death toll could reach 514,000 on the same day,” said IHME in its latest forecast.
“The fall / winter increase will lead to about three times the daily death toll than current in mid-January. The hospital system, especially ICU, is expected to be under extreme stress degrees in December and January in 18 states. “
The states continued to break records for the number of daily cases
According to the JHU, 43 states showed an increase in the number of cases from the previous week, with five states holding steady and two – Oklahoma and Louisiana – reporting a drop.
New Mexico reported 1,082 new coronavirus infections on Thursday – a record – and a top healthcare operator there rang alarm bells about Covid-19’s direction of spread in the state. he.
Dr Jason Mitchell said Thursday: “We are at an unsustainable rate of growth. Mitchell is the medical director of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, which operates nine regional hospitals in New Mexico.
The state’s overtime rate averages about 5 percent a day, Mitchell said, which would lead to catastrophic numbers if there was no attempt to change trends. “In December, we are going to have a lot of cases in MASH tents,” Mitchell said during a briefing on state health.
The state of Illinois also reported a second daily high number of new Covid-19 infections with 6,363 new infections on Thursday.
Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio also reported their highest daily Covid-19 total on Thursday, with 2,872, 1,222 and 3,590 new positive cases, respectively.
Officials warn against traditional encounters
The Oregon Health Authority reported 575 new cases of Covid-19 in the state on Thursday, also breaking the state’s one-day record.
“Preliminary data suggest this increase reflects the continued spread among communities leading to small clusters and outbreaks across the state,” OHA said in a written statement. The state’s coronavirus death toll is now 673.
Health officials are strongly encouraging Oregonians to give up scams or treat and meet with traditions during this year’s Halloween.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the state was witnessing a sudden drop, when he announced another 1,477 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.
Murphy said the state is on a “pattern of stability” with reopening after the recent spike, noting that restaurants are a specific challenge.
Murphy also urged residents not to take family members out of the nursing home on Thanksgiving.
“It’s cold, it’s raining, our numbers go up. I’m not happy to say you can’t get your mom or dad out of the nursing home,” Murphy said. “I’m not happy to say you can’t have a normal Thanksgiving.”
Covid-19 higher rates after the Trump campaign protests
17 rallies took place between August 17 and September 26. CNN evaluated the daily incidence rate per 100,000 residents four weeks before the rally, on the day of the demonstration, and 4 weeks after protests at the county and state levels.
Of the 14 host counties with an increased infection rate, eight of them had a decline in infection rates in the month before the rally. The other six counties had their rates of infection on the rise in the previous month.
CNN’s analysis also showed that in 10 counties, new infections are growing faster than the state’s overall rate.
The survey evaluated protests in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida.
CNN’s Maggie Fox, Nadia Kounang, Andy Rose, Andrea Diaz, Lauren del Valle, Brad Parks, Kay Jones and Anna Sturla contributed to this report.