Today's In-Crisis headlines


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

Louisville, KY declares state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor possible charges decision
With Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron expected to announce perhaps as early as today whether the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s fatal shooting will be charged, the city of Louisville has declared a state of emergency ahead of the announcement.  Three former and one current officer face possible charges.  Former officers Brett Hankinson, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly are the ones who fired shots into 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor’s apartment on March 13, killing her as she slept in her bed.  Officer Joshua Jaynes, who applied for the so-called ‘no knock’ search warrant for Taylor’s apartment that led officers to her home, also faces possible charges.  The Louisville Courier Journal reports police officials have canceled all days off for personnel, while Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has said he’s prepared to deploy the National Guard in the event Louisville sees the kind of sometimes violent demonstrations that other cities have experienced in recent months.

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: 31,352,117
Global deaths: 965,529.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 199,890.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 21,523,493

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 6,858,138 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 199,890.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,092.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,615,949
U.S. total people tested: 95,841,281

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 790,916 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,224,380 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 937,332 reported cases.

US likely to cross 200K COVID-19 deaths threshold today
The United States death toll from COVID-19 will likely exceed 200,000 today.  As of Tuesday morning, Johns Hopkins University reported there were 199,890 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., which remains more than any other nation.  That number Monday morning was 199,517.  The latest forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there will be between 207,000 to 218,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths by October 10.  The milestone comes as the World Health Organization reported there were two million new COVID-19 cases reported last week globally, the largest one-week increase in total cases to date.  The United States, Argentina and Brazil reported the greatest number of new cases.

Six in ten Americans say they’ll skip the first-generation COVID-19 vaccine
Whether it arrives before the year is out or by mid-year 2021, depending on which forecast you believe, six in ten Americans say they likely won’t take advantage of a first-generation COVID-19 vaccine.  The new Axios/Ipsos poll finds 39% of Americans saying they will opt to receive whatever vaccine become available first.  Sixteen percent of Americans said they’ll get vaccinated a few weeks after the vaccine is available, while 30% said they would after a few months.  Eighteen percent said they’d wait a year or more after it’s available before being vaccinated, and a further 23% said they won’t get the vaccine at all.  There are currently at least eight COVID-19 vaccines in Phase III human trials, some of which have U.S. government backing.

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