Coronavirus updates: First American to get COVID twice; 13 states set case records; Joe Biden tests negative again
A 25-year-old Nevada man has been identified as the first American to contract COVID-19 twice, raising questions about the level of immunity developed by those infected with the coronavirus.
In Nashville, Tennessee, health officials said Monday they would be investigating and possibly impose fines on the host of a religious concert attended by thousands of people, most of whom were not wearing masks. The organizer admitted that the venue was changed three times due to the objection to the event.
The day before, a protest leader in New York City who had deciphered new restrictions imposed by the New York governor was arrested in connection with an attack on a journalist who covered the demonstration last week. Heshy Tischler, a city council candidate and activist in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park, is accused of inciting riot and illegal detention.
New York is working to fend off new COVID-19 hotspots that have appeared in clusters in and around New York City in the past few weeks, many in Orthodox communities. The new restrictions include restrictions on religious assemblies, and some have accused Cuomo of using his new order unfairly against Orthodox Jews.
More than a dozen states have set records for the number of new COVID-19 cases per week, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data shows.
By late Sunday, 13 states - Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wisconsin - had broken their own records for new cases in seven days.
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The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett began on Monday, and the coronavirus will play a role, changing the way the hearings work and threatening to cut Republicans' tight deadline to approve them before election day.
A World Health Organization official urged world leaders "to stop using lockdowns as the primary method of control" to prevent a virus surge.
? Today's Numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 7.7 million cases and 215,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. There have been more than 37.6 million confirmed cases and more than 1 million deaths worldwide.
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The first American to be infected with viruses twice casts doubt on immunity
The reinfection of an otherwise healthy 25-year-old Nevada man who became the first American to contract COVID-19 twice raises further doubts about the immunity of those receiving the coronavirus. In his case, the second infection caused more symptoms than the first. There have been more than 20 confirmed cases of reinfection worldwide.
It's too early to know if the Washoe County, Nevada man was highly unusual or if many people could easily become infected with SARS-CoV-2 more than once, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University.
"There is hardly an infectious disease doctor in the country who has not met a patient who thinks they have had a second infection," he said. "We don't know whether that's true or not. There are many respiratory infections."
- Karen Weintraub
Biden tests negative for COVID-19 again
Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden again tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday. Biden has been routinely tested since he shared the debate stage with President Donald Trump last month. Trump was hospitalized for treatment for COVID-19 a few days after the event.
On Sunday, Trump claimed he was out of COVID-19, despite the White House refusing to say if he tested negative for the disease. Trump's doctor said in a memo on Saturday that he "is no longer viewed as a transmission risk to others."
The Nashville religious concert draws thousands and a reprimand from health officials
Health officials in Nashville, Tennessee said they would impose "reasonable penalties on the organizer" of an improper religious concert that drew thousands of people onto the city courthouse premises on Sunday night. Most of those present did not appear to be wearing masks.
California-based Christian worship leader Sean Feucht hosted the so-called "worship protest," which is currently under investigation. Feucht posted a video of the gathering saying the event encountered resistance and had three changes to the venue before ending up outside the courthouse.
Dr. Alex Jahangir, head of the coronavirus task force in Nashville, said events like the concert could affect the city's progress against COVID-19, which the mayor often calls fragile. "In the pictures I saw online, good sir, did you see people wearing masks? I didn't," said Jahangir. "That is not helpful for our cause."
- Rachel Wegner, Nashville Tennessean
Infected mothers can stay with newborns, according to a study
Mothers infected with the coronavirus may not face the added difficulty of being separated from their newborns as long as they take steps to avoid transmission, according to a new study.
Researchers at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center found no evidence of transmission from infected mothers to newborns, according to an observational study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
In March, the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology recommended that pregnant women contracting COVID-19 should be separated from their newborns for up to a week or more to allow the virus to spread from mother to child avoid.
- Adrianna Rodriguez
Americans plan to stock up on groceries this fall fearing COVID-19 could increase
A little more than half of Americans in a survey by the Sports and Leisure Research Group say they will have or will store groceries and other essentials by the fall. The main reason: fears of a resurgent pandemic that could lead to disruptions like new corporate restrictions.
"We still see that the majority of Americans are concerned that COVID will continue to spike, and heads are starting to rise in a number of states," said Jon Last, president of the Sports and Recreation Research Group.
Of those with supplies, the majority are concerned about a surge in infection rates, but a smaller segment of people say they are concerned about the unrest surrounding next month's election. Still, shoppers are unlikely to notice the kind of shortages in March and April when the states placed home orders and cleared grocery shelves of essentials like toilet paper and flour.
CDC: More than 70% in the US at greater risk of severe COVID due to weight
Based on their weight, more than 70% of Americans are at increased risk of serious illness when they contract the coronavirus. This emerges from new guidelines from the CDC.
The agency's previous guidance stated that those who are overweight and have a body mass index of 30 or higher are at increased risk for harsh effects from COVID-19. Now the CDC says this also applies to those who are overweight, which means a BMI greater than 25 but less than 30.
CDC numbers show that nearly 72% of Americans are overweight, including 40% who are obese. Researchers have found a strong link between obesity and COVID-19 hospital stays.
Vanderbilt-Missouri has been postponed due to the spread of the virus
The Vanderbilt Commodores joined the Tennessee Titans on Monday as Nashville soccer teams banned from the coronavirus. Vanderbilt's game against Missouri on Saturday has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines on the Commodores' list, the SEC said.
The game has been provisionally postponed to December 12 in Columbia, Missouri. It is the first SEC game not played in time in the 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Titans' game against the Steelers on October 4th has been postponed and their game against the Bills has been postponed from Sunday to Tuesday. The Titans have tested 24 team members - 13 players and 11 staff - positive for the virus since Sept. 24.
Adam Sparks, Nashville Tennessean
Boris Johnson from Great Britain presents a three-stage lockdown plan
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his plan to curb the coronavirus resurgence through a three-step approach to lockdown and extend shutdowns to areas hardest hit by the virus.
Johnson said the plan would "simplify and standardize" the UK virus restriction rules that had been localized. The new categories - medium, high or very high risk - allow different degrees of closures, limits or curfews in public gatherings, bars, restaurants, gyms, casinos and other high risk environments.
The city of Liverpool met the requirements to be classified as "very high risk" which means that all pubs, gyms, leisure centers, betting shops and casinos must close on Wednesday.
The judge denies the GOP's efforts to end the Wisconsin mask mandate
A judge in Wisconsin has blocked efforts by Republicans to end Tony Evers' statewide mask mandate at a time when coronavirus cases are on the rise. The seven-day average of newly confirmed cases hit a record high of 2,547, up from 2,395 a week ago.
St. Croix County's Judge R. Michael Waterman on Monday denied the efforts backed by Republican lawmakers and ruled the governor has the power to enact multiple health emergencies related to the same pandemic. Currently, the judgment awards Evers a victory that has been questioned by Republicans for its ability to issue new health orders without legislative input. The judge ruled that the legislature could vote to overturn Evers' order but has not yet done so.
Republican lawmakers say Evers must use a process known as rulemaking to implement such health safety guidelines after a Supreme Court ruling in May in a lawsuit by GOP lawmakers over Evers' stay-at-home order has been. The plaintiffs' attorneys said they would appeal Waterman's decision.
- Molly Beck and Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Study: 75,000 Americans died from a pandemic as reported in the spring and summer
The coronavirus pandemic may have caused nearly 75,000 more deaths than previously thought in the spring and summer. That was the finding of a new study published Monday by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.
When examining death certificates, the study in the journal JAMA found that more than 150,000 deaths were officially attributed to COVID-19 from March to July. However, the researchers found that nearly 75,000 additional deaths were caused indirectly by the pandemic - bringing the total number of deaths in those four months to more than 225,000.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the US is just under 215,000.
"There have been some conspiracy theories that the death toll from COVID-19 was exaggerated," said Dr. Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center for Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. "The opposite is the case. We are actually experiencing more death than we thought. "
- Adrianna Rodriguez
Business negotiations "in a dead end"
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats "we remain at an impasse on economic negotiations" as the two sides have been unable to agree on the total amount of funds to fight the pandemic and a COVID-19 test plan, among other things.
Pelosi turned down the White House's latest $ 1.8 trillion stimulus offer and called the proposal "one step forward, two steps back" in their negotiations.
Trump said on Fox News Sunday that "Republicans want to do it," citing Pelosi as an obstacle. National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union that if a deal were signed, Republicans would “go along” even though Senate Republicans are unwilling to overpay on an aid deal .
Kudlow also said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin could move the government's position up from its current $ 1.8 trillion offer, although the higher the price, the fewer Senate Republicans are likely to accept a deal.
- Nicholas Wu
China is said to test the entire city of 9 million people after new cases
After nine cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Qingdao, China, all 9 million people in the city will be tested, state health officials said on Monday.
Eight patients at Qingdao City Breast Hospital and one family member tested positive, which raised the new concern. The National Health Commission said the citywide tests would take place over five days.
Before the nine new cases, China had not reported any new virus cases in two months. However, the country has a practice of not reporting asymptomatic cases.
Fauci says the Trump campaign ad "took him out of context" and insists he didn't endorse anyone
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, released a statement on Sunday accusing how his comments were used in a new ad from President Donald Trump's re-election campaign to announce the White House's handling of the pandemic .
The 30-second commercial is set to show how Trump, who caught COVID-19 this month, and the US economy are recovering from the contagion. "I can not imagine that anyone could do more," says Fauci in the ad.
But Fauci reprimanded the use of the snippet, which made it appear like he was supporting Trump's efforts. He said that in his "nearly five decades of public service" he had never publicly endorsed a candidate.
"The comments attributed to me on the GOP campaign ad without my permission have been taken out of the context of a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal health officials," Fauci said in a statement to CNN on Sunday .
- Phillip M. Bailey
Featuring: Michael Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: COVID News: First American Infected Twice; 13 states draw up case records
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