U.S. Passes 12 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

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Travelers wait to check baggage for an American Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to not travel for Thanksgiving.

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Cases of COVID-19 are rising at an alarming rate in nearly every state as the nation approaches Thanksgiving. The cumulative case count passed 12 million on Saturday, six days after the previous million mark was crossed, which was six days after the previous million. On Friday alone, there were more than 195,000 new confirmed cases and 1,878 deaths reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 255,000 people have died in total, as of Saturday afternoon. And more than 1,000 hospitals, across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, say they are “critically” short on staff, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. And that number is expected to increase after the holidays. To avoid an even starker increase in the spread of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to not travel for Thanksgiving at all. The CDC says Thanksgiving should be spent …

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