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Nearly 300K more deaths than usual; Trump, Fauci and ‘The Godfather;’ Disneyland won’t reopen soon

The top U.S. infectious disease expert is shrugging off sharp criticism from President Donald Trump while the U.S. is keeping its borders with Canada and Mexico closed for another month in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tapped “The Godfather” in describing his relationship with Trump.

“It’s like in ‘The Godfather’ – nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned,” Fauci told Southern California AM radio station KNX1070. “I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country.”

Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said restrictions on non-essential travel will be extended through Nov. 21. The announcement comes days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it would keep its borders closed until the U.S. gains control of the coronavirus.

Some significant developments:

  • Fargo became the first

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DHEC reports 539 new confirmed cases, 11 confirmed new deaths

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 157,970, probable cases to 6,639, confirmed deaths to 3,449, and 212 probable deaths.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced Monday 539 new confirmed cases and 29 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 11 additional confirmed deaths, and 1 new probable death.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 157,970, probable cases to 6,639, confirmed deaths to 3,449, and 212 probable deaths.

Confirmed and probable cases: please click here.
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Who Should Get Tested? 
If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, we recommend that you get tested at least once a month.

Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread

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Key coronavirus model predicts nearly 80 percent rise in deaths by February

A key model foresees approximately 171,000 more coronavirus related deaths by February 2021, a number that would represent a spike of 78 percent.

The model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine suggests there will be roughly 389,087 deaths by Feb. 1.

If all Americans use face masks, the model’s best-case scenario projects 314,000 deaths by that date. The model, however, foresees more than 477,000 deaths if mask mandates are eased.

“We expect deaths to stop declining and begin increasing in the next one to two weeks,” researchers said, according to CNN. “The winter surge appears to have begun somewhat later than the surge in Europe. Daily deaths will reach over 2,000 a day in January even with many states reimposing mandates before the end of the year.”

As of Thursday morning, the United States is now averaging approximately 52,345 new

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Warning of extra cancer deaths after more than 25m GP appointments lost during pandemic

The Care Quality Commission said access to family doctors remains worse than it was before lockdown - Anthony Devlin/PA
The Care Quality Commission said access to family doctors remains worse than it was before lockdown – Anthony Devlin/PA
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More than 25 million GP appointments have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic, with the NHS watchdog warning that the crisis could fuel cancer deaths. 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said access to family doctors remains worse than it was before lockdown, raising concerns that people with worrying health problems were struggling to see a physician. 

Cancer Research UK said that, since March, more than 350,000 people who would normally have been urgently referred to hospital with suspected cancer have not been.

It said too many patients had been left struggling to get an appointment or had been scared off seeing their GP for fear of being a burden on the health service or catching Covid-19.

In numbers: how Covid-19 has impacted NHS treatment
In numbers: how Covid-19 has impacted NHS treatment

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Montgomery County’s COVID-related deaths now 143

Montgomery County logged its 143rd COVID-19-related death Monday.

The death is a Spring woman in her 60s who died at the hospital. The woman had other health conditions in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.

The county’s total number of cases is now 12,365. Of those total cases, 1,914 are active, an increase of 177, according to the Montgomery County Public Health District.

Total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, increased by 15 to 71 with 14 of those patients in ICU.

The reason for the difference in the new cases and active cases is the Montgomery County Public Health District is continuing to process cases that were reported to the Department of State Health Services directly by health care providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County.


To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org

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Live updates: Minnesota reports 1,276 new cases, 8 deaths Thursday

The latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • Minnesota Department of Health announces no-barrier testing locations for week of Oct. 12
  • IRS tells 116K Minnesotans to file for stimulus check before Nov. 21
  • President Trump released from hospital but still contagious
  • MDH urges caution if voting in person this year
  • COVID-only Bethesda Hospital to convert to housing space
  • Vikings announce no fans will be allowed for Oct. 18 home game
  • Wisconsin governor restricts indoor gatherings to curb spread

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on Thursday added four more schools to its list of school buildings with five or more confirmed COVID cases:

  • Horizon Middle School, Moorhead
  • Grand Rapids Senior High, Grand Rapids
  • Roosevelt Elementary, Willmar
  • Rocori Senior High, Cold Spring

Those schools are in addition to the 7 buildings listed last week:

  • Brainerd Senior High School, Brainerd
  • Albert Lea Senior High School, Albert Lea
  • Isanti Middle
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Department of Health: 1,376 new positive cases of COVID-19 in PA; 27 new deaths

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported as of 12 a.m. October 8th that there were 1,376 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 167,928.

Allegheny is reporting an increase of 128 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 122 cases.

The department also reported 27 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 8,299 total deaths.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 1st and October 7th is 210,227 with 7,585 positive cases. There were 32,653 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 7th.

Yesterday, Oct. 7th, the department reported 1,309 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 28 new deaths.

Pennsylvanians are urged to download the COVID Alert PA app.

“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased

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US medical supply chains failed, and COVID deaths followed

Nurse Sandra Oldfield’s patient didn’t have the usual symptoms of COVID-19 — yet. But then he tested positive for the virus, and it was clear that Oldfield — a veteran, 53-year-old caregiver — had been exposed.

She was sent home by Kaiser Permanente officials with instructions to keep careful notes on her condition. And she did.

“Temperature 97.1,” she wrote on March 26, her first log entry. Normal.

She and her colleagues said they had felt unsafe at work and had raised concerns with their managers. They needed N95 masks, powerful protection against contracting COVID-19. Kaiser Permanente had none for Oldfield. Instead, she was issued a less effective surgical mask, leaving her vulnerable to the deadly virus.

Many others were similarly vulnerable, and not just at this 169-bed hospital in Fresno. From the very moment the pandemic reached America’s shores, the country was unprepared. Hospitals, nursing homes and other health

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Department of Health: 672 new positive cases of COVID-19 in PA; 11 new deaths

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported as of 12 a.m. October 5th that there were 672 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 164,207.

The department also reported 11 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 8,227 total deaths.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between September 28 and October 4 is 187,158 with 7,385 positive cases. There were 18,466 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 4. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

Pennsylvanians are urged to download the COVID Alert PA app.

“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.

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DHEC: 619 new confirmed cases, 12 additional deaths of COVID-19

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 146,576, probable cases to 5,006, confirmed deaths to 3,255, and 198 probable deaths.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 619 new confirmed cases and 20 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 12 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 146,576, probable cases to 5,006, confirmed deaths to 3,255, and 198 probable deaths.

Confirmed and probable cases: please click here.
Confirmed and probable deaths: please click here.

Who Should Get Tested? 
If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, we recommend that you get tested at least once a month. 

Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread of

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