November 4 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Steve George, Zamira Rahim, Lauren Kent, Ed Upright, Rob Picheta and Hira Humayun, CNN

Updated 0601 GMT (1401 HKT) November 5, 2020
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2:18 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Covid-19 hospitalizations top 50,000 in the US

From CNN’s Arman Azad

A medical staff member treats a patient suffering from Covid-19 at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) in Houston, on October 31.
A medical staff member treats a patient suffering from Covid-19 at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) in Houston, on October 31. Go Nakamura/Getty Images

Active Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States reached 50,340 on Tuesday, according to the Covid Tracking Project (CTP). 

CTP noted on Twitter that hospitalizations in the Midwest are sharply rising. “In the region there are 238 people currently hospitalized per million people,” it said.

More than 480,000 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized thus far in the US, according to CTP. Active Covid-19 hospitalizations approached 60,000 during earlier peaks in the spring and summer.

Estimates from the US Department of Health and Human Services put the number of Covid-19 patients in US hospitals at 52,609 as of Tuesday, even higher than the CTP.

According to HHS, more than 70% of inpatient hospital beds in the US are currently filled. About 10.5% of those hospitalizations are Covid-19 patients.

 

11:48 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

Montana reports third-highest day for new coronavirus cases since pandemic began

From CNN's Kay Jones

The US state of Montana reported its third-highest day for new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on Tuesday, according to the state's dashboard.

Tuesday's dashboard showed that 909 new cases were reported, with 35,159 cases reported since the pandemic began. The state recorded its highest number of cases in a single day last week. 

Montana Department of Health says that there are now 399 total deaths, up 13 since Monday's report. 

The hospital occupancy report shows that 389 patients are hospitalized with the virus statewide, with 79 of those patients in intensive care.

 

11:04 p.m. ET, November 3, 2020

New Mexico records highest number of new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Kay Jones

New Mexico's Department of Health recorded its highest number of daily new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday according to the US state's dashboard and the Johns Hopkins University Covid Tracking Project.

With 1,141 new cases, this is the third time the southwestern state has reported over 1,000 new cases since Thursday.

There are now 49,240 cases statewide since the start of the pandemic and 1,045 deaths.

There are 401 patients hospitalized with the virus, but the health department notes that the figure includes residents of other states who may have been hospitalized in state. It also says the number of hospitalizations does not include New Mexicans who have been transferred to hospitals in other states. 

The number of patients in hospital care is the most since the pandemic began, according to the state's dashboard. 

NOTE: These numbers were released by the New Mexico Department of Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

2:12 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

Wearing masks could save 130,000 US lives by March, NIH director says

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, listens during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 9.
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, listens during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 9. Michael Reynolds- Pool/Getty Images

More than 130,000 US lives could be saved by March if most Americans wore masks, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a blog post on Tuesday.

“If most Americans pulled together to do the right thing and wore a mask in public, this simple, selfless act would save more than 130,000 lives in the next few months alone,” Collins wrote.

Collins said only about half of Americans wear a mask in public, citing a study by the team responsible for the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation coronavirus model. The team predicts that Covid-19 deaths could surpass 1 million in the US by the end of February on this trajectory.

He noted that an increase in mask use would also help the economy, by preventing the need for another lockdown. 

“Think about it in the same way you think about putting on your seat belt -- a minor inconvenience that can save lives,” Collins wrote.

2:08 a.m. ET, November 4, 2020

WHO reports 46 million global Covid-19 cases, with a growing proportion among young people

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seen at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 17.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seen at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 17. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

As of November 1, there have been 46 million coronavirus cases and 1.2 million deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization’s weekly Covid-19 update.

An age and gender analysis shows younger people account for more coronavirus cases over the course of the pandemic, with the proportion of cases among 15- to 24-year-olds increasing from 4% in the beginning stages of the pandemic to 14% more recently, and from 50% to 65% among 25- to 64-year-olds. Among those 65 and older, the proportion of cases decreased from 40% to 15%.

The WHO also notes increasing reports of long-term effects of coronavirus, including among younger people.

While the trend in cases is shifting among age groups, older people remain the most vulnerable to illness and death from Covid-19.

Background: As CNN previously reported, the median age of people diagnosed with coronavirus keeps getting lower. In May, the median age of confirmed cases was 46. By July, that number had dropped to 37.

According to a September report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by August, 1 of every 5 confirmed cases in the US is a person in their 20s, and from June to August, Covid-19 incidence was highest in people ages 20 to 29.