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Coronavirus cases and deaths set new record highs in U.S.

Posted Nov 25, 2020 by Karen Graham
The U.S. logged 2,092 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, making it the deadliest day since May 6, when 2,611 fatalities were reported. More than 3.1 million new cases of the virus have been reported since November 1, the most reported in a single month.
Medical staff treats a patient suffering from coronavirus in intensive care at the United Memorial M...
Medical staff treats a patient suffering from coronavirus in intensive care at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on November 10, 2020
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Health officials predicted that cooler weather would bring a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country - and efforts to get the public to wear masks and practice social distancing while avoiding large, crowded events - went largely ignored.
Now, the coronavirus has crept into just about every nook and cranny of the nation, not only hitting new localities but circling back to wreak havoc on communities already hit hard earlier in the pandemic. As the Washinton Post notes, "Nearly all metrics in most of the country are trending in the wrong direction."
Even the White House coronavirus task force recently issued a warning to states of the “aggressive, rapid, and expanding” spread of cases that require a “significant behavior change” from all Americans ahead of the holidays, according to The Hill.
This latest surge of cases is being driven by people who are asymptomatic; gathering indoors, according to Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to CNN News.
"The real driver of this epidemic now is not the public square," Redfield said in an interview with Fox News. "It really is driven by the silent epidemic -- the asymptomatic infections largely in individuals between the ages of say 12 and 35."
And Redfield notes that this virus spread is very different from the transmission patterns seen early on in metropolitan areas. This time around, said Redfield, people are taking off their masks and gathering indoors.
"In some areas, we are going to see the health care system overwhelmed," Redfield said. "This is why, again, the vigilance in the mitigation steps is so important to keep those health care systems from going over the top in terms of being able to maintain their resilience -- not just to serve people with Covid, but to serve (people) without Covid."
Seventeen states reported single-day records for new cases on Friday. And four states reported record deaths: Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah. In 27 states, there have been more cases announced in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch since the pandemic began.
As of Wednesday morning, The U.S. has recorded 12,613,248 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the death toll now stands at 260,190, according to Johns Hopkins University data,