Big spike in new cases in OC — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE (California)

NEW CASES of coronavirus in Orange County were up to 628 in Wednesday’s report (Shutterstock/Mongkolchan). The count of new coronavirus cases in Orange County spiked again in Wednesday’s report by the county health agency. The latest tally was 628, up from 352 on Tuesday. Wednesday’s death count was two, compared to zero the previous two days.…

Big spike in new cases in OC — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

‘Thanksgiving could be a massive superspreader event,’ RI doctor says

Dr. Laura Forman, chief of emergency medicine at Rhode Island’s Kent Hospital, said healthcare professionals are “really concerned” about Thanksgiving, and that it could be a “massive superspreader event” The positivity rate in Rhode Island is now at 5.9%, according to the state’s Department of Health. “Our cases are increasing so rapidly here, we literally today are making plans to put refrigerated trucks for morgue space outside of our hospitals and field hospitals,” said Dr. Forman. Emergency room doctors said they are worried about the toll the pandemic is taking on healthcare workers

Source: ‘Thanksgiving could be a massive superspreader event,’ RI doctor says

Trump appoints speechwriter fired for attending conference with white nationalists to commission that preserves Holocaust memorials

Jewish groups expressed dismay at news of Beattie’s appointment. “It’s appalling that someone who was considered too close to xenophobic white nationalists to continue working in the Trump White House would now be appointed to a U.S. government body focused largely on the preservation of sites dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims,” said Logan Bayroff, communications director for J Street, a progressive Jewish lobbying organization.

“It should be obvious that those who traffic in hatred of immigrants and refugees are the last people on earth who should be entrusted with honoring the victims of Nazis,” Bayroff went on to say.

The Anti-Defamation League, which was founded to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, called on Trump to “immediately rescind” the appointment. “It is absolutely outrageous that someone who has consorted with racists would even be considered for a position on a commission devoted to preserving Holocaust memorials in Europe,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in a statement.

Source: Trump appoints speechwriter fired for attending conference with white nationalists to commission that preserves Holocaust memorials

Republican mayor from Michigan: ‘President Trump is deliberately lying to Americans’ – mlive.com

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — The Republican mayor of Michigan’s 4th largest city is speaking out against President Donald Trump and attempts by fellow Republicans to undermine the legitimacy of the election results. In a Facebook message posted Wednesday, Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said the president knows he has lost the election and that his “temper tantrums” should be condemned by all “patriotic Americans.”Source: Republican mayor from Michigan: ‘President Trump is deliberately lying to Americans’ – mlive.com

No, Trump did not win in Nevada. – The New York Times

There was no sign of “large-scale” voter discrepancies, said Lisa Mayo-DeRiso, campaign manager for Stavros Anthony, the Republican, who will now compete in the special election for the Clark County commission seat against Ross Miller, the Democrat, who led the first election by 10 votes.

“It’s not an accurate statement,” she said of the president’s claim that Clark County officials did not have confidence in the election’s security. “We have not had any problems or difficulties with the Clark County Election Department.”

GOP Maricopa County Board Chair Says ‘No Evidence’ of Election Fraud | Phoenix New Times

With the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors expected to soon certify the November election results, Republican Board Chair Clint Hickman says that there is “no evidence of fraud or misconduct or malfunction.”

Hickman is one of the handful of local Republicans who have forcefully pushed back on the false claims of fraud as President Donald Trump refuses to concede to Democratic president-elect Joe Biden, and many state GOP elected officials continue to peddle in baseless conspiracy theories about a rigged election. The letter also comes amidst calls by other local Republicans to investigate the election results in Maricopa County and a battery of flimsy lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign alleging shoddy election administration.

The letter, made public on November 17, was addressed to “Maricopa County voters.” Hickman wrote that while the Board “considered many theories” about the election results, “none of these theories have proven true or raised the possibility the outcome of the election would be different.”

Source: GOP Maricopa County Board Chair Says ‘No Evidence’ of Election Fraud | Phoenix New Times

US surpasses 250,000 coronavirus deaths, as hospitals are overwhelmed by cases – ABC News

Parking garage ward: hospital beds covered in plastic sit in a parking garageOverwhelmed medical facilities are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, and parking garages into patient treatment areas, while staff members are desperately calling around to other centres in search of open beds.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in the US has doubled in the past month, and set new records every day this week.

As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 people were hospitalised with the virus.

Newly confirmed infections per day in the US have exploded by more than 80 per cent in the past two weeks to the highest levels on record, with the daily count running at close to an average of 160,000.

Source: US surpasses 250,000 coronavirus deaths, as hospitals are overwhelmed by cases – ABC News

Illinois COVID 19 Update Today: IL reports 8,922 new coronavirus cases, 140 deaths; Tier 3 restrictions announced by Gov. JB Pritzker – ABC7 Chicago

CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois public health officials reported 8,922 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 along with 140 deaths Wednesday, one day after Governor JB Pritzker announced new Tier 3 restrictions for the state. COVID-19 is once again one of the leading causes of death in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker said in his daily COVID-19 briefing Wednesday. He and Illinois’ public health director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, called out those who continue to deny the seriousness of the disease.

Source: Illinois COVID 19 Update Today: IL reports 8,922 new coronavirus cases, 140 deaths; Tier 3 restrictions announced by Gov. JB Pritzker – ABC7 Chicago

The Problem With Coronavirus School Closures

https://ift.tt/36Rodkm But they will still have parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents and teachers who be alive to help them catch up when we have made it safe for them again. Losing loved ones is not the price to pay for disruption of the old normal!

Children have suffered because many mayors and governors were too willing to close public schools.