Today’s In Crisis headlines

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(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 50,913,451
Global deaths: 1,263,089.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 238,251.
Number of countries/regions: at least 190
Total patients recovered globally: 33,289,404

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 10,110,552 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 238,251.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,705.
U.S. total patients recovered: 3,928,845
U.S. total people tested: 153,965,479

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in Texas, with 998,027 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks fourth in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,723,135 reported cases; Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,125,936 reported cases; and England, which has 1,034,708 reported cases.

US posts largest single-day COVID-19 hospitalization increase as cases top 10 million
On the same day that the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. exceeded 10 million, the nation on Monday also posted the largest single-day increase in hospitalizations due to the virus.  The Covid Tracking Project reports there were 59,275 people hospitalized as of November 9, marking the “largest single-day increase since July 10, and the highest total number since July 25.”  

Also Monday, the latest internal memo from the Department of Health and Human Services, obtained by ABC News, shows 48 states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases, with five jurisdictions at a plateau and three declining.  Some 730,925 new cases were confirmed during the period of November 2-8 and 6,654 deaths, marking a 29.2% and 15.1% increase, respectively, from the previous seven-day period.  The national test-positivity rate increased to 8.6% from 7.2% in week-to-week comparisons, while 24% of hospitals across the country report having more than 80% of their ICU beds filled. That number was 17-18% during the summertime peak.  The U.S. continues to lead the world in the total number of reported novel coronavirus infections and fatalities.

Also Monday, it was announced that Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms that prompted him to receive a test at Walter Reed Medical Center. Carson was at the White House for the election night party, an event also attended by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who also tested positive for COVID-19 last week.  Dave Bossie, President Trump’s outside adviser who was recently tapped to lead the campaign’s legal challenges to the 2020 election result, also has tested positive for COVID-19, two sources familiar with the diagnosis told ABC News Monday.

NIH study says hydroxychloroquine ineffective against COVID-19
A National Institutes of Health clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults with COVID-19 has formally concluded that the drug provides no clinical benefit to hospitalized patients.  The trial was begun in April, when President Donald Trump and others began touting the drug as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus, and involved 34 hospitals and 479 COVID-19 patients.  By June, the trial was stopped with researchers concluded “the drug was not improving outcomes in COVID-19 patients.”  Hydroxycholoroquine is commonly used to treat malaria and other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

CDC issues Thanksgiving celebration guidelines
With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines on how to safely celebrate the holiday with family and friends during the ongoing pandemic.  Mask-wearing, social distancing and frequent hand-washing top the list of precautions to take to help prevent spreading COVID-19, with the CDC recommending “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household.”  But if you do go out, the CDC suggests thinking of it as a picnic – bring your own food, condiments, utensils, plates and so on.  The same goes for if you’re hosting a gathering — have it outside with a limited number of guests, have them bring their own food, etc., and set COVID-19 prevention rules and discuss them with invitees ahead of time.  The CDC also provides tips for pandemic holiday travel, as well as virtual celebration ideas.

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