Today's In Crisis headlines


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

Unemployment claims rise as 898,000 new ones filed last week
The U.S. experienced its 30th consecutive week of historically high employment as an additional 898,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending October 10, according to numbers released this morning by the U.S. Department of Labor.  That’s an increase of 53,000 claims from the previous week’s level, which itself was revised up by 5,000 to 845,000.  The uptick in claims is more than most pundits expected and continues a seven-week trend of higher than expected filings.  Thursday’s report also shows that 25,290,325 people are currently receiving unemployment benefits under state and federal programs.  The news comes as President Trump and congressional lawmakers have halted talks on any additional forthcoming federal stimulus money for Americans.

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: 38,586,918
Global deaths: 1,093,318.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 216,904.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 26,720,847

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 7,917,297 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 216,904.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,316.
U.S. total patients recovered: 3,155,974
U.S. total people tested: 118,368,930

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 865,637 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,554,389 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,045,060 reported cases.

COVID-19 case increases continue nationwide
States on Wednesday reported 949,000 COVID-19 tests, 57,000 cases and 809 deaths, according to the latest data from The Covid Tracking Project.  The number of cases reported Wednesday is an increase of 10,000 from the day before, another sign that COVID-19 cases are increasing around the nation.  As of late Wednesday, there were also a reported 37,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19. 

Ohio reported the highest COVID-19 case count to date, with 2,039 new cases reported Wednesday — the largest single-day spike in cases there since the start of the pandemic – and 1,042 people currently hospitalized, the highest number there since early August.  Kansas on Wednesday reported its largest seven-day increases in both COVID-19-related deaths and new coronavirus cases, while the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,926 new COVID-19 cases, continuing a recent upward trend, and 1,152 people hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest numbers since August 5. 

In Wisconsin, where Gov. Tony Evers recently declared that the virus was “out of control,” a judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an order from Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places, a move that comes as the state breaks records for new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations.  Across Lake Michigan, in Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday extended the state’s mask mandate until at least Nov. 14.  That declaration came on the same day Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said she’d tested positive for COVID-19, along with her daughter and grandson.  And in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee is in quarantine after a member of his security detail tested positive for COVID-19.  According to a statement from the governor’s office, Lee tested negative but is quarantining with the state’s first lady until further notice “out of an abundance of caution.”

There are currently at least 7,917,297 reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than in any other country.  As of Thursday morning, there were 216,904 reported U.S. deaths.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19
Nick Saban, the 68-year-old coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, has tested positive for COVID-19.  The news was first reported by ESPN and later confirmed by Saban in a statement that declared he learned of his infection Wednesday afternoon and as of then displayed no symptoms.  Saban is currently self-isolating at home.  Alabama’s athletic director, Greg Byrne, also tested positive on Wednesday.  Saban is one of college football’s winningest coaches and is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time.  His #2-ranked Crimson Tide team is scheduled to play the #3-ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia on Saturday.

Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.