November 10 coronavirus news

By Zamira Rahim, Stephanie Halasz, Ben Westcott, Steve George, Emma Reynolds, CNN

Updated 0504 GMT (1304 HKT) November 11, 2020
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10:44 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

More people hospitalized in US with Covid-19 than ever before

From CNN’s Amanda Watts and Virginia Langmaid

Medical staff members work in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, November 8.
Medical staff members work in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, November 8. Go Nakamura/Bloomberg/Getty Images

More people are being hospitalized in the United States with Covid-19 than at any time during the pandemic, according to the Covid Tracking Project (CTP). 

Some 61,964 people are currently receiving hospital care due to Covid-19 as of Tuesday, according to CTP. The nation has never before topped 60,000 hospitalizations. The US currently averages roughly 1,661 new hospitalizations per day, CTP data shows.

These are the highest hospitalization day records according to CTP data:

  1. Nov 10 – 61,964
  2. April 15 – 59,940
  3. April 21 – 59,780
  4. July 23 – 59,718
  5. July 24 – 59,682
  6. April 14 – 59,610
10:12 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

California surpasses 18,000 coronavirus deaths, nears 1 million cases

From CNN's Sarah Moon and Alexandra Meeks

People wait in line at a coronavirus test site in Los Angeles, California, on November 10.
People wait in line at a coronavirus test site in Los Angeles, California, on November 10. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

More than 18,000 Californians have now died due to complications from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, state health officials announced Tuesday, a grim new milestone as cases of Covid-19 surge once again at an alarming rate.

The California Department of Public Health reported 24 new deaths on Tuesday, raising the statewide death toll to 18,001. The US state has reported 977,218 confirmed cases of Covid-19 to date. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom warned residents that the state’s coronavirus cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations are all on the rise.

“People are letting their guard down by taking their masks off. They're starting to get together, outside of their household cohorts,” Newsom said at a news conference

San Francisco's uptick: San Francisco is temporarily closing indoor dining and will reduce the capacity of fitness centers and movie theaters to 25% to a rapid and significant increase in Covid-19 cases, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Tuesday.

Indoor instruction at some high schools will also be paused because the transmission rate among high school students is similar to adults, Breed said. All of the new changes go into effect at 11:59pm Pacific Time on Friday, November 13.

"People have gotten complacent and as a result of this behavior, we're seeing an uptick," Breed said. "As a result of that uptick, it has forced our city to make some very hard decisions to not just pause the reopening efforts, but to roll back some of the gains that we have made."

Since October 2, San Francisco has experienced a 250% increase in Covid-19 cases, according to county health data. The city is averaging nearly 80 new cases a day compared to approximately 32 new daily cases at the end of October.

In a warning to all San Francisco residents, Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax said the current surge in cases is greater than the rate of increase from the last major surge in the summer when cases peaked on July 19. Colfax said the city's current fall surge will exceed the summer surge if residents are unable to help turn things around.

“This suggests much broader virus transmission and has the potential to be explosive,” Colfax said. “If we stay on our current course of activities and if we do not reverse, it is entirely plausible we face a situation where our health care system becomes overwhelmed and reverses the current progress we’ve made.”
10:04 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

Vermont officials will require non-essential travelers to undergo a 14-day quarantine

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Rob Frehse

Vermont is enacting a 14-day quarantine for all non-essential travelers entering the northeastern US state in order to slow the spread of Covid-19, the Vermont Department of Health said in a statement.

While Vermont continues to have the lowest positivity rate in the country, cases rose 46% this week, the release said.

Under the new guidelines which begin today, anyone traveling or returning to Vermont must quarantine for 14 days (or 7 days followed by a negative Covid-19 test). Essential travel -- including for school, work, personal safety, medical care, care of others, parental shared custody or for food, beverage or medicine -- is exempt.

Vermont authorities reported 46 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. Authorities have identified 2,462 cases in the state since the pandemic began.

9:15 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

Texas set a new record for Covid-19 cases identified in a day

Medical workers put on personal protective equipment (PPE) before starting shifts at a Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, November 9.
Medical workers put on personal protective equipment (PPE) before starting shifts at a Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, November 9. Joel Angel Juarez/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The state of Texas reported 10,865 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, a new single-day record for the Lone Star state. Authorities there have now identified 974,230 novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

Some 94 virus-related deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the state's death toll to 18,863. 

According to the state's Covid-19 dashboard, there are currently 6,170 lab-confirmed coronavirus patients in Texas hospitals. 

9:07 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

Oregon pauses reopening amid "frightening reality" as case rises threaten hospital capacity

From CNN’s Konstantin Toropin

Oregon Governor Kate Brown asked residents on Monday via a video posted to her official Twitter account to keep social gatherings small.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown asked residents on Monday via a video posted to her official Twitter account to keep social gatherings small. Credit: Governor Kate Brown/Twitter

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has said she is pausing reopening plans with the state “headed on the wrong road” and running out of hospital capacity.

“Our fears that this virus would spread out of control when the colder months set in are certainly becoming a frightening reality,” Brown said at a news conference Tuesday.

Brown said she was ordering a “two-week pause” in four more counties where community transmission is on the rise, with nine now under additional restrictions. Restaurants and indoor events are reduced to a maximum of 50 people and businesses are encouraged to mandate working from home, according to a statement Monday.

Oregon is headed on the wrong road,” Brown said Tuesday, emphasizing that the state is running out of hospital space.

Dr. Dana Hargunani, Oregon Health Authority’s chief medical officer, said at the news conference that the state has 146 available intensive care beds -- just 20% of its total ICU capacity, according to its Covid-19 dashboard. Hargunani also noted that they only have 701 regular, adult beds available -- 15.6% of the state’s overall capacity.

“While we have plans in place to share beds and ventilators if necessary, that needs to be a last resort,” Brown said Tuesday.

“We cannot and should not be relying on the fact that our hospital systems can withstand a surge.” 

“I need Oregonians to know it's not too late to do the right thing,” Brown said as she urged residents to wear masks and stay home when feeling sick.

8:41 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

More than 200 Covid-19 cases and 9 deaths linked to Charlotte church outbreak

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

More than 200 Covid-19 cases have now been linked to a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Mecklenburg County Public Health.

The county has identified 208 cases among attendees and close contacts associated with events held at United House of Prayer facilities in Mecklenburg County from October 4-11.

Severe cases: At least 11 patients were hospitalized, and there have been 9 deaths, with one additional death under investigation.

According to its latest update, Mecklenburg County Public Health has attempted to contact at least 294 close contacts of confirmed cases.

CNN is reaching out to the church for comment.

7:58 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

Philadelphia in a "dangerous period" as city reports record number of new cases

From CNN’s Amanda Glodowski

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the city was in a 'dangerous period.'
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the city was in a 'dangerous period.' City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia reported its highest single-day count of new coronavirus cases, with 879 infections, bringing the total to 49,775 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. 

Last week, the US city averaged 515 cases per day, higher than the peak in April. There was a 9.3% positivity rate, a fourfold increase since September, Farley said at a news conference Tuesday. 

There are 386 patients currently hospitalized, up from 90 in September and 196 in October. There were 12 new deaths, bringing Philadelphia’s total to 1,901, Farley said.

There’s no question, we are in a dangerous period in the coronavirus epidemic,” Farley said. 

Farley said that new restrictions were under consideration. He noted that much of the spreading occurs in private settings, and urged residents to limit gatherings.

Farley addressed the large election-related gatherings in Philadelphia over the weekend and recommended that anyone who was in a crowd of people, indoors or outdoors, wearing a mask or not and within six feet of others to quarantine for 14 days and get tested seven days after potential exposure. 

“We know there were a number of people celebrating or otherwise gathering around the election time, outdoors and perhaps indoors as well, and we do worry about the spread of this infection whenever people gather for any reason,” said Farley. 

He said that the city had reached its testing goal of 5,000 people per day, and the next initiative is to expand rapid testing to get results faster using Abbott rapid testing cards.

7:45 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

Chicago updates travel order with color-coded tier system for each state

From CNN's Bill Kirkos and Kay Jones

Chicago Public Health
Chicago Public Health

Chicago has updated its Executive Travel Order to a new color-coded tiered system, effective from 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

“As of today, Chicago's travel order includes 43 states and Puerto Rico. But we are introducing a new tiered risk level,” Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.  

Arwady said states will be designated red, orange or yellow, signifying the level of concern with travel both to and from those areas. 

  • Red: Outbreaks worse than Chicago (60 cases per 100,000 people per day).
  • Orange: Outbreaks not as bad as Chicago but still more than 15 cases per 100,000 people per day.
  • Yellow: The few remaining states with fewer than 15 cases per 100,000 per day. 

The advice is to avoid travel to states coded red. Anyone coming in from those states is required to quarantine for 14 days. Orange states are also a significant concern and the advice is to avoid traveling to them, Arwady said. Those traveling from orange states will need to quarantine for 14 days or have a negative test result no more than 72 hours before arrival. Travel from yellow states does not require quarantine but Chicago is “recommending avoiding non-essential travel.” 

The goal of this travel order is to protect Chicago," Arwady said on Tuesday.

The average number of new Chicago cases per day is at 1,686 and the positivity rate in the city is 13%. “One month ago, we were adding 426 cases per day,” she said. “One month later we're at more than four times that.” 

The list will be updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. Thirteen states are currently red, and 32 states and Puerto Rico are orange.

State view: Meanwhile, Illinois reached a “critical milestone” of more than 100,000 Covid-19 tests taken in 24 hours, Governor JB Pritzker announced at a news conference Tuesday. Pritzker said Illinois was the first state in the Midwest to reach daily testing numbers in the six digits. 

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the state has now performed around 8.5 million tests, with free mobile testing sites set up in numerous towns and cities.

7:27 p.m. ET, November 10, 2020

Nearly a dozen counties in California tighten Covid restrictions amid surge in new cases

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

Health Secretary Mark Ghaly
Health Secretary Mark Ghaly Randall Benton/AP/FILE

San Diego and 10 other California counties were forced to move back into more restrictive tiers of the state’s coronavirus reopening system Tuesday as rates of infection continue to increase statewide, Health Secretary Mark Ghaly has announced.

Sacramento, San Diego and Stanislaus are moving back into the most restrictive, purple tier -- which requires the closure of many non-essential indoor businesses -- joining counties including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Monterey and Sonoma.

“If things stay the way they are, between this week and next week, over half of California's counties will have moved into a more restrictive tier,” Ghaly said. “That is certainly an indication that we're concerned and that we have to keep a close watch on what's happening.”

Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer and Santa Cruz are moving into the second-most restrictive red tier, which indicates substantial spread of infection. Counties in rural parts of the state, including Modoc, Siskiyou, and Trinity, are moving backward to the orange tier, which shows a moderate infection rate.

California’s reopening system: There are four tiers based on metrics including case rate and test positivity. Before moving forward, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks and must meet the next tier's criteria for two consecutive weeks. 

“I implore all Californians to sort of look in the mirror and ask what you can do differently,” Ghaly said. “How much more can you keep your mask on? How much more can you work within your own communities or your own family members to plan events in a lower risk? Each of those efforts makes a difference.”

California's seven-day average of new cases is 6,078, according to state data. The 14-day test positivity rate stands at 3.7%.