Months into the COVID-19 pandemic states are setting records for the most new cases and deaths in a week since the pandemic began.
While the resurgence of the coronavirus had been tough on the economy, there was a bit of good news Thursday — the economy grew more than 33% in the third quarter as it bounced back from shutdowns spawned by the pandemic.
The reversal, however, came amid warnings that rising COVID-19 infections around the country could again slow the economy in the fourth quarter. The situation could worsen because of the lack of a stimulus deal from Congress.
Daily U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations surpassed 45,000 for the first time since mid-August this week as the autumn pandemic surge continues unabated.
Wisconsin is on track to run out of ICU beds, and nurses to staff them, in as little as two weeks as the state reported 5,200 positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday with only 187 beds available.
Meanwhile, in the world of sports, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced that the 125th Boston Marathon will be postponed from the third Monday in April to at least fall 2021. And the Houston Texans closed the team facility down during their bye week after another player tested positive for COVID-19.
Here’s what to know today:
- The U.S. set a record this week for new COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period with more than 500,000 infections. An American is testing positive every 1.2 seconds. Daily deaths are also climbing — one of us is dying every 107 seconds, according to Johns Hopkins data.
- CVS Health announced that it will add nearly 1,000 rapid COVID-19 testing sites throughout the country by the end of the year, with about 100 of them running this week in 22 states.
- Boeing will cut more jobs as it continues to bleed money during the pandemic, announcing that it expects to cut its workforce to about 130,000 by the end of next year.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 8.8 million cases and more than 227,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 44.4 million cases and 1.17 million deaths.
🗺️ Mapping coronavirus: Track the U.S. outbreak in your state.
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