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Coronavirus live updates: Wednesday marks seventh straight day with 6,000 new cases

coronavirus live updates: wednesday marks seventh straight day with 6,000 new cases

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 916,286 cases in Texas, including 18,092 deaths.

• 221,829 in the Houston region, including 3,726 deaths.

• More than 8.8 million in the U.S., including 227,673 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 44.3 million in the world, with more than 1.1 million deaths. More than 29.9 million people have recovered. You can view the worldwide totals here.

Resources on COVID-19 and Texas’ reopening: Use our interactive page to track the spread of cases through Harris County and the rest of Texas. For a detailed look at our state, check out the Chronicle’s Texas Coronavirus Map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.

Latest updates from today:

11:20 a.m. More layoffs loom for Houston’s oil and gas industry.

ExxonMobil plans to lay off 1,900 U.S. employees, primarily in the Houston area, …

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Gov. Ducey to hold news conference on coronavirus in Arizona

gov. ducey to hold news conference on coronavirus in arizona

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article Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and AZDHS Director Dr. Cara Christ on Aug. 31, 2020. PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Health Service Director Dr. Cara Christ will speak at a news conference on Oct. 29 amid rising COVID-19 cases across the state. According to a news release from the governor’s office, Ducey will also make an announcement about partnering with food banks ahead of the holiday season.  Ducey will tour the St. Mary’s Food Bank facility and meet with the food bank’s president and CEO prior to the COVID-19 news conference.On Oct. 28, the state department of health service reported 1,044 new COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths. Arizona has reported a total of 241,165 cases and just over 5,900 deaths. The news conference is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Advertisement Get breaking news alerts in the FREE FOX 10 News app. Download for Apple iOS or Android. Tips for keeping a strong immune system Exercising and eating right are vital.In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then …

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Maine sees 2nd straight day of record-high new coronavirus cases

maine sees 2nd straight day of record-high new coronavirus cases

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Another 94 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Thursday. It marks yet another day of record-high new cases as the state sees a predominantly rural surge in virus transmission.

Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 6,467. Of those, 5,749 have been confirmed positive, while 718 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency revised Wednesday’s cumulative total to 6,373, down from 6,387, meaning there was an increase of 80 over the previous day’s report, state data show. As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined to have not been the coronavirus, or coronavirus cases not involving Mainers. Those are removed from the state’s cumulative total. The Bangor Daily News reports on the number of new daily cases reported to the Maine CDC, rather than the increase of daily cumulative cases. 

New cases were reported in Androscoggin (7), Aroostook (1), Cumberland (26), Franklin (2), Hancock (1), Kennebec (10), Knox (4), Penobscot (1), Sagadahoc (2), Somerset (17), Waldo (5), Washington (3) and York (14) counties, state data show. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.



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Coronavirus: U.S. records more than 80,000 new daily cases

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8 Hours AgoU.S. reports more than 80,000 new coronavirus cases on WednesdayThe U.S. reported another 80,662 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to a tally kept by NBC.The U.S. also reported an additional 996 deaths in the last day.NBC said the number of new cases surpassed the previous high of 79,303, set last Friday.However, the NBC figure still falls short of a separate daily total reported by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. — Yen Nee Lee11 Hours AgoMexico’s coronavirus death toll crosses 90,000Mexico reported an additional 495 deaths from Covid-19 over the last day, taking its death toll to 90,309, according to Reuters, which cited data from the health ministry.The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Mexico is the fourth largest globally, behind the U.S., Brazil and India, showed data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.The Mexican health ministry also confirmed another 5,595 cases, taking the country’s official cumulative infections to 906,863, reported Reuters. — Yen Nee Lee14 Hours AgoGilead’s revenue rises 17% driven by sales of Covid treatment remdesivirGilead Sciences reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings with revenue rising 17% from a year earlier, driven by sales of coronavirus treatment remdesivir.Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir, under the brand name Veklury,  generated $873 million in sales during the third …

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Doctors worry coronavirus pandemic may hit LGBTQ people harder than most

doctors worry coronavirus pandemic may hit lgbtq people harder than most

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Participant holding a rainbow flag during protest in New York.Erik McGregor | LightRocket | Getty ImagesThomi Clinton says she is exhausted.Clinton, CEO of the Transgender Health and Wellness Center in Cathedral City, California, said she has been working 70-hour weeks providing services to the LGBTQ community, which has been hit especially hard as the Covid-19 pandemic rapidly spreads across the U.S.She said she’s seen a rise in transgender people seeking the center’s help after they have lost their homes or jobs and have had to go back to sex work to make ends meet.The social and economic disparities are hitting the transgender community “very hard,” Clinton said in a phone interview with CNBC, adding transgender people already faced extra obstacles before the pandemic. “I’ve also noticed a growth in mental health issues, basically suicidal thoughts and attempt.”Doctors are concerned the pandemic, which has shuttered businesses and schools and left people without jobs, may hit the LGBTQ community harder than most others.Public data has already shown that the Covid pandemic, which killed more than 1 million people worldwide in less than nine months, has disproportionately impacted Black, Latino and Indigenous Americans.More from Invest in You:Actor …

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How coronavirus is sinking Trump’s election hopes

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Coronavirus is raging nationwide with only five days to go until Election Day. For President Donald Trump to win reelection, he’s going to have to somehow do so even as cases are on the upswing in almost all the key battleground states that he won four years ago. Visit CNN’s Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceThere were 10 states Trump won by less than 10 points in 2016: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. In nine of these states, there was a daily average of at least 15 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past week. The lone exception was Arizona, according to The New York Times, where there were 14 new cases per 100,000 people.Wisconsin, on the other hand, had a high of 72.5 new cases per 100,000 people. This was the highest number among the battleground states and was third in the nation. The high number of coronavirus cases can’t possibly help the President in the closing stretch of the campaign. Trump seems to be doing worse in communities where Covid-19 deaths are higher, according to one study. This could help to explain at the margins why Biden is doing so well in Wisconsin right now. …

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As Coronavirus Surges, Chastened Dutch Wonder, ‘What Happened to Us?’

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AMSTERDAM — As coronavirus cases have shot through the roof, waiting times for tests and results have grown so lengthy that the health authorities have considered sending samples to labs in Abu Dhabi. Contact tracing, divided among 25 competing contractors, has never gotten off the ground.After months of discouraging the use of masks, saying they promote a false sense of security, the government just did an about face, calling for them to be worn in all public spaces.And topping it all off, the royal family, ignoring the government’s advice to travel as little as possible, flew off to their luxurious holiday home in Greece, adding to growing mistrust and resentment at home.Britain? Spain? No. It’s the Netherlands, one of Europe’s wealthiest countries, renowned for its efficient and organized government in most circumstances — but not, apparently, in the pandemic.As a second wave surfaces across Europe, the Netherlands stands out with the Czech Republic and Belgium as among the hardest hit. It currently ranks sixth among European Union countries when it comes to the rate of new infections, with 56 cases per 100,000 inhabitants — its highest total ever.Image In Amsterdam this month. Many people in the Netherlands had …

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Texas landowners facing coronavirus pandemic and land seizures for border wall

texas landowners facing coronavirus pandemic and land seizures for border wall

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In the final days of the presidential election, President Donald Trump, along with senior administration officials, have cited the border wall as a cornerstone accomplishment of his first term. “Under my leadership, we achieved the most secure border in US history,” Trump said at a rally in Arizona Wednesday. “We built almost 400 miles.” But on the other side of that effort is thousands of Texas residents juggling legal challenges and the pandemic. “People right now are having to choose between their health and their homes,” said Ricky Garza, a staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, a legal advocacy group, which is currently representing landowners in eight land seizure cases. Between May and October 22, 75 lawsuits to take private land were filed in Texas, up from 17 lawsuits around the same period last year, according to data based on court filings. A US official confirmed to CNN that the administration has been moving at a faster rate to obtain private land to meet the White House’s goal. Generally, the government is allowed to acquire privately owned land for public use, otherwise known as eminent domain. Border barriers built under previous administrations have largely gone up in areas where land was federally …

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Donald Trump, Coronavirus Hero

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The far-right group Super Happy Fun America protests in Boston on October 18. (Mark Peterson / Redux)Kurtis, a young accountant in McKinney, Texas, likes the thing that many people hate about Donald Trump: that the president has left the pandemic response almost entirely up to local officials.“He left it up to each state to make their own decision on how they wanted to proceed,” Kurtis told me recently. Most experts think the absence of a national strategy for tackling the coronavirus has been a disaster. But Kurtis argues that North Dakota, for example, shouldn’t have to follow the same rules as New York City. Kurtis voted for Trump in 2016, and he plans to do so again this year.Some 82 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s coronavirus response—a higher percentage than before the president was diagnosed with the virus. This is despite the fact that more than 220,000 Americans have died, and virtually every public-health expert, including those who have worked for Republican administrations, says the president has performed abysmally.Experts offer a few different explanations for the spell that Trump has cast over his supporters. The simplest is that Trump voters like Trump, and as is often the …

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How does the coronavirus affect the heart?

how does the coronavirus affect the heart?

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How does COVID-19 affect the heart? Even though it’s known as a respiratory virus, doctors believe the coronavirus can directly infect the heart muscle and cause other problems leading to heart damage.In some people, as COVID-19 decreases lung function, it may deprive the heart of adequate oxygen. Sometimes it causes an overwhelming inflammatory reaction that taxes the heart as the body tries to fight off the infection.The virus can also invade blood vessels or cause inflammation within them, leading to blood clots that can cause heart attacks. Clots throughout the body have been found in many COVID-19 patients. That has led some doctors to try blood thinners, although there is no consensus on that treatment. ADVERTISEMENTDr. Sean Pinney of the University of Chicago says people with heart disease are most at risk for virus-related damage to the heart. But heart complications also have been found in COVID-19 patients with no known previous disease.A recent review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology notes that evidence of heart involvement has been found in at least 25% of hospitalized coronavirus patients. At some centers, the rate is 30% or higher. And some studies have found elevated enzyme levels …

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