Today’s In Crisis headlines


(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: 35,231,182
Global deaths: 1,037,887.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 209,734.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 24,539,096

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 7,418,036 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 209,734.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,205.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,911,699
U.S. total people tested: 107,874,833

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 832,973 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,443,409 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,003,902 reported cases.

Global COVID-19 cases now over 35 million; US deaths near 210,000
The number of reported COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed 35 million Sunday, with 35,231,182 as of Monday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  At least 7,418,836 of those cases are in the United States, which accounts for 21% of all global cases.  The U.S. is also reporting 209,734 COVID-19 deaths, which is just over 20% of the 1,037,887 reported global deaths.  The U.S. is on track to exceed 210,000 COVID-19 deaths by Tuesday.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently forecasting from 219,000 to 232,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by the week ending October 24.

President Trump remains hospitalized as questions about his condition continue
President Trump spent his third night in Walter Reed Medical Center Sunday for treatment of COVID-19, amid questions about his condition.  Contrary to what he said Saturday, the president’s personal physician, Dr. Sean Conley, admitted on Sunday that the president did receive supplemental oxygen on Friday, after the first of two drops in his blood-oxygen levels. “I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness has had,” said Dr. Conley, addressing the inconsistent statements. 

Doctors say the president is continuing to receive the anti-viral drug remdesivir and has also begun receiving dexamethasone, a steroid treatment usually reserved for more serious COVID-19 cases.  The president, wearing a mask, left his room Sunday evening for a few minutes in his motorcade to greet supporters outside.  Others in the SUV with him wore more extensive PPE equipment.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say transporting a symptomatic COVID-19 patient “outside of their room should be limited to medically essential purposes,” but White House spokesman Judd Deer issued a statement declaring “Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.” 

Exactly when the president was known to be infected with COVID-19 remains uncertain, but it’s confirmed he was infected at the September 26 White House gathering to introduce Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee.  That gathering, attended by dozens of people, few of whom wore masks and at which social distancing wasn’t practiced, is now being regarded as a superspreader event, with numerous attendees already having tested COVID-19 positive.  The White House says it’s following CDC guidelines on contact tracing but would not say how many staffers have been diagnosed, citing “privacy concerns.”

However, ABC News has obtained a copy of an email sent to White House staff Sunday evening informing them of positive cases on the grounds.  The email comes after Trump advisor Hope Hicks was the first confirmed positive case Thursday morning.  Sunday’s email now urges staff to stay home if they’re not feeling well, and to go home if they begin feeling unwell at work.  It also advises recipients to not go to the White House Medical Unit Clinic “for any COVID-19 testing inquiries” but to instead consult their own doctor.

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