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New Restrictions On Sports, Travel Amid Surge In Covid Cases And Hospitalizations

A record number of COVID cases and hospitalizations across Santa Clara County prompted health officials to sound the alarm on Saturday and announce new restrictions on sports, businesses and travelers.

The restrictions in Santa Clara County include a ban on contact sports like the San Francisco 49ers football team, quarantines for travelers outside the region, and reduced capacity inside businesses and facilities open to the public.

The new measures are in addition to the county’s purple tier designation and will be effective Monday through at least Dec. 21.

“We have come to a place where our cases and our hospitalizations are so high that we must do something to settle things down,” said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody at a Saturday press conference.

Cody and other officials urged residents to stay home whenever possible, wear masks and observe social distancing.


On Saturday, the county saw 760 new cases — shattering the previous record by 215, Cody said. There were also a record 239 COVID patients at hospitals, 71 of them in intensive care units.

Health officials expect virus-spreading Thanksgiving gatherings and flu season to add more patients and overwhelm hospitals by mid-December.

“This pandemic is like a high-speed train and our projections tell us we are on target to derail by the third week of December if we don’t apply brakes right now with all our collective might,” Cody said.

The county has seen 32,985 cases since the pandemic began, the highest in the greater Bay Area, and 476 deaths.

The county’s new restrictions limit capacity to 10 percent at businesses and facilities that are open to the public, except grocery stores and pharmacies, which are allowed 25 percent capacity, said County Counsel James Williams.

In addition, all facilities must establish a system to keep track of the number of people inside, such as posting an employee at the entrance.

First Amendment-protected gatherings, such as religious services or protests, are allowed outdoors with a maximum attendance of 100 people, Williams said.

Professional, collegiate and youth sports like football that involve physical contact or close proximity to persons outside one’s household, including all contact sports, are temporarily banned. People can continue to engage in outdoor athletics and recreation where social distancing can be maintained at all times.

Cardrooms are temporarily closed, and hotels and lodging facilities are only allowed to be open for essential travel and to use for isolation or quarantine.

Leisure and non-essential travel are strongly discouraged, and a new directive requires people to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the county from travel of more than 150 miles away. Healthcare workers traveling into the county to provide care or patients traveling into the county to obtain treatment will be exempted.

The new Santa Clara County restrictions are effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

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Largest Spike in Air Travel Since March Reported Day Before Thanksgiving as COVID Hospitalizations Reach All Time High

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported its largest spike in air travel since March 16 on Wednesday as millions of Americans took to the skies the week of Thanksgiving.



a group of people wearing costumes: Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on November 25, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. According to the TSA’s records, more people traveled on Wednesday than on any other day since March 16.


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Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on November 25, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. According to the TSA’s records, more people traveled on Wednesday than on any other day since March 16.

The number of air travel passengers reported over the last week is significantly lower than the number reported a year ago, however, as health officials across the U.S. continued to warn Americans to avoid travel and other activities that could lead to further spread of the novel coronavirus.

Despite the warnings, the TSA pointed Newsweek to records that show 1,070,967 individuals passed through agency checkpoints at airports across the U.S. on Wednesday. The last time the TSA’s number of reported travelers exceeded that number was on March 16 when 1,257,823 people traveled by air. States began announcing stay-at-home orders in response to the pandemic three days later.

There have been only four days since March 16 when the agency’s records show that more than one million people passed through TSA checkpoints on a single day, including Wednesday and two other days in the last week. In contrast, the TSA regularly recorded more than two million people on average travel days last year. The difference in air travel during the week of Thanksgiving between this year and 2019 represents a decline of about 60 percent, according to the Associated Press.

As of Thursday, November 26, more than 12.7 million people across the country had been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began and more than 262,000 people died after contracting the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University’s data tracker. The number of reported cases in the U.S. has been steadily rising in recent weeks, with the tracker showing more than 1.2 million new cases reported in the last week alone. More Americans were also receiving treatment for COVID-19 in hospitals this week than at any other time since the pandemic began, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

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As the number of new infections continued rising, health care professionals throughout the U.S. have been sounding the alarm about what rising numbers of COVID-19-related hospitalizations will mean for hospitals, many of which are already struggling to meet their needs in terms of supplies, staffing and space for patient care.

In anticipation of a post-Thanksgiving surge, government officials at the local and state levels have spent the bulk of this month warning Americans to avoid travel and to limit their exposure to individuals with whom they do not live. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a set of guidelines for Thanksgiving celebrations and Thanksgiving travel, which include wearing a mask while around others, practicing social distancing, becoming familiar with

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US coroanvirus: Hospitalizations and Covid-19 cases soar as country enters one of the busiest travel weeks of the year

Historically, the week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for travel. But with the US reporting its 20th day in a row of more than 100,000 new cases Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against traveling for the holiday this year to decrease risk of spreading infections.

As new cases spike, hospitalization rates have followed. At least 83,870 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized Sunday — the 13th straight day the US has broken its hospitalization record, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Health experts have long worried that the colder months could drive people indoors, leading to a rise in infection rates. On Friday, the CDC said that 50% of cases are spread by people without symptoms. With just one infected person having the potential to cause an outbreak, experts worry that people traveling and gathering could prove dangerous to the American public that is still in the thick of the pandemic.

State leaders warn against superspreader events

As the pandemic devastates regions across the country, many state leaders are urging residents to follow recommended guidelines.

Oregon reported a record high for three days in a row with 1,517 new cases on Sunday. Gov. Kate Brown ordered a two week “social freeze” on November 18 and warned residents Sunday not to attend large Thanksgiving gatherings.

“Our hospitals are simply too strained for superspreader events,” Brown tweeted.
Masks mandates worked to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Kansas, CDC research shows

In Nevada, cases are rising at “wildfire level,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. He announced new restrictions will begin Tuesday, including a mask mandate indoors and outdoors for residents and visitors, limiting private gatherings to ten people or less and requiring restaurant reservations to be for no more than four people at a table.

El Paso, Texas, has a record number of active cases with 35,963 as of Sunday, according to the El Paso Department of Health. The case load has motivated the Texas National Guard to “provide mortuary support,” County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told CNN affiliate KVIA.

“Right now they’re helping us with the overflow of transporting where the trailers are, trying to get some movement so we don’t have any backup,” Samaniego told KVIA. “We’ve got a lot of loved ones waiting for relatives and moms and dads.”

On Friday, Samaniego sent a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in hopes of reinstating a curfew for El Paso county as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the area.

Promising vaccine developments

Americans likely still have a while to wait for a vaccine, but there are promising developments in the research.

The US Food and Drug Administration has set a meeting December 10 for the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to discuss an emergency use authorization request for a vaccine candidate, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn tweeted on Sunday.

Most coronavirus cases are spread by people without symptoms, CDC now says

“While we can’t predict how long FDA’s review will take, the agency will review the request as expeditiously as possible, while still doing so in a thorough and science-based manner, so that we can help make available a vaccine

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Hospitalizations and Covid-19 cases soar as country enters one of the busiest travel weeks of the year

From surging case numbers to record hospitalizations, the US is grappling with what experts long warned could be the biggest spike in the Covid-19 pandemic — and it still has to get through the Thanksgiving holiday.



a group of people standing in front of a store: Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. - Current US numbers -- more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported -- have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)


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Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. – Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

Historically, the week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for travel. But with the US reporting its 20th day in a row of more than 100,000 new cases Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against traveling for the holiday this year to decrease risk of spreading infections.

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As new cases spike, hospitalization rates have followed. At least 83,870 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized Sunday — the 13th straight day the US has broken its hospitalization record, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Still, more than a million people passed through airports on Friday alone, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

While people board airplanes and load cars to visit family, the US has reported a million infections in under a week. Since the pandemic began, more than 12.2 million people have been infected and 256,783 people have died of the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Health experts have long worried that the colder months could drive people indoors, leading to a rise in infection rates. On Friday, the CDC said that 50% of cases are spread by people without symptoms. With just one infected person having the potential to cause an outbreak, experts worry that people traveling and gathering could prove dangerous to the American public that is still in the thick of the pandemic.

State leaders warn against superspreader events

As the pandemic devastates regions across the country, many state leaders are urging residents to follow recommended guidelines.

Oregon reported a record high for three days in a row with 1,517 new cases on Sunday. Gov. Kate Brown ordered a two week “social freeze” on November 18 and warned residents Sunday not to attend large Thanksgiving gatherings.

“Our hospitals are simply too strained for superspreader events,” Brown tweeted.

In Nevada, cases are rising at “wildfire level,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. He announced new restrictions will begin Tuesday, including a mask mandate indoors and outdoors for residents and visitors, limiting private gatherings to ten people or less and requiring restaurant reservations to be for no more than four people at a table.

El Paso, Texas, has a record number of active cases with 35,963 as of Sunday, according to the El Paso Department of Health. The case load has motivated the Texas National Guard to “provide mortuary support,” County Judge Ricardo Samaniego

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Mike Pence Celebrates Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations With Florida Vacation

With most of the oxygen being sucked out of the room by Donald Trump’s totally normal attempts to overturn the 2020 election—which got a boost Tuesday afternoon from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—you might have forgotten there’s a pandemic still raging in the United States. But surprise! There is, and it’s worse than it was this spring. On Monday more than 59,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, the country’s highest number ever, while new infections hit a record level for the sixth consecutive day. As head of the federal government’s coronavirus task force, Mike Pence was presumably made aware of these statistics when he convened a meeting of the group yesterday for the first time in almost a month. And apparently what he’s decided to do in light of these extremely worrisome numbers is…pack a swimsuit and flip-flops, because the V.P. is headed for a little beachside vacation, baby!

That’s right, the man ostensibly in charge of the government’s response to a deadly disease that has infected 10 million in the U.S. is putting up his out-of-office message and getting some much-deserved R&R!

To be fair, it’s not as though Pence has been doing a bang-up job controlling the virus to date, so his absence will seemingly have little impact on the situation, which is to say: It’ll probably continue to spiral out of control whether or not he’s sipping a virgin daiquiri and yelling at Mother to pass him a beach towel so he can hide his eyes from the heathen displays of flesh on the beach. Under his tutelage, hospitalizations have surged an astounding 73% in the last 30 days, with experts predicting the U.S. could soon hit 200,000 new infections daily. It also appears that the administration held another super-spreader event on election night, with multiple people testing positive after attending Trump’s viewing party. The administration has of course claimed the virus is under control, which is a lie, and on Monday, tried to take credit for the news that a vaccine from Pfizer proved more than 90% effective in early trials, before the company promptly told it to fuck off.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has announced his COVID-19 task force. Shockingly, it’s comprised of actual physicians and health experts, one of whom has a bleak warning for the country. Speaking to CNBC, infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm said the next several months will be “the darkest of the pandemic,” predicting that the number of new daily infections is “going to continue to increase substantially.” He added that “we have not even come close to the peak and, as such, our hospitals are now being overrun. The next three to four months are going to be, by far, the darkest of the pandemic. I don’t think America quite gets this yet. This is going to get much worse.” All of which makes it exponentially more fucked up that the Trump administration is actively blocking the handoff of transition resources to the Biden team, as

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