US COVID-19 crisis deepens as deaths top 250,000

Nov. 19, 2020

As COVID-19 deaths topped 250,000 today, the White House coronavirus task force signaled that the nation's pandemic situation is worsening, with more overrun hospitals and deaths potentially approaching 2,000 a day in the lead-up to Christmas—unless strong mitigation measures are taken, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

According to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard, the United States’ totals now are 11,538,104 cases and 250,652 deaths and the global totals now are 56,421,331 with 1,352,338 deaths.

Meanwhile, the latest coronavirus task force memo—shared with governors and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity—said 47 states are now in the "red zone," meaning that their new cases are more than 100 per 100,000 residents per week. The only states not on the red zone list are Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont. The memo said current measures aren't enough to flatten the curve and pushed for more antigen testing and for states to strengthen their warning to the public before Thanksgiving gatherings, which will likely amplify the spread of the virus.

There are 79,410 Americans currently hospitalized for COVID-19, the COVID Tracking Project said.

CIDRAP has the report.

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