November 15 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Jenni Marsh and Tara John, CNN

Updated 11:07 p.m. ET, November 15, 2020
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10:39 p.m. ET, November 14, 2020

These US states reported a record rise in cases on Saturday

A number of US states reported a record rise in cases Saturday. Those states included:

  • West Virginia reported 1,153 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, marking the first time the state has reported over 1,000 new cases in one day since the start of the pandemic. In total, the state has recorded 32,792 cases. 
  • Kentucky announced an additional 3,303 positive coronavirus cases -- its highest number of Covid-19 cases in a single day, Governor Andy Beshear said in a statement Saturday. The state has added 11,500 cases and 68 deaths in the past four days alone, the statement said.
  • Maryland confirmed an additional 2,321 coronavirus cases across the state, “by far the largest daily increase we’ve ever seen,” Republican Governor Larry Hogan said in a tweet Saturday. There were 20 coronavirus-related deaths reported by the state over the past 24 hours, he added.
1:04 a.m. ET, November 15, 2020

Navajo Nation implements stricter health measures as cases continue to rise

From CNN's Leslie Perrot and Hollie Silverman

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez delivers the State of the Nation address at the summer session for the Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock, Arizona, on July 15, 2019.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez delivers the State of the Nation address at the summer session for the Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock, Arizona, on July 15, 2019. Noel Lyn Smith/The Daily Times/Imagn/USA Today

The Navajo Nation will implement stricter health measures for three weeks starting Monday as cases continue to rise, according to a press release issued Friday.

Two public health orders and one executive order were finalized Friday as the Navajo Nation saw nearly 900 new cases of Covid-19 within the last week, the release said.

More than 13,000 total coronavirus cases have been confirmed and 598 people have died in the Navajo Nation, according to the nation's Covid-19 dashboard.

One of the orders requires all government offices and enterprises to close from November 16 through December 6, except for essential employees needed to maintain essential services and government functions, according to the release.

The order also requires all schools to go online for that time period, the release said.

A second order implements a three week stay at home lock down and will restrict any travel off of the Navajo Nation. Residents are allowed to leave their homes for emergencies or to get groceries, medicines, and firewood, according to the release.

Businesses deemed essential will be allowed to open from the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 

“We have to implement these public health measures to protect our Navajo people and reduce the spread of this virus," Navajo National President Jonathan Nez said in the release.
"We are inching closer and closer to a major public health crisis in which we could potentially see our hospitals filling up with patients. Our health care system on the Navajo Nation cannot sustain a long-term surge in Covid-19 cases."
10:38 p.m. ET, November 14, 2020

US Surgeon General says this symptom can help differentiate coronavirus from flu

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

Surgeon General Jerome Adams takes his mask off to give his opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington DC, on September 9.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams takes his mask off to give his opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington DC, on September 9. Greg Nash/Pool/Getty Images

Though flu and coronavirus can cause many of the same symptoms, there is one that likely indicates Covid-19 infection, US Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams said Saturday.

The one symptom that I would alert people to that really differentiates flu from Covid is loss of taste or smell,” Adams said on NPR’s All Things Considered. “If you get that symptom, then you need to be reaching out to your health provider right away and going in and getting a Covid test.”

Adams encouraged people to get a flu shot this year.

“Covid seems to spread much more easily than the flu, and it causes a much more serious illnesses in some people,” he said.

For those experiencing symptoms that overlap between flu and coronavirus, Adams suggested contacting a health care provider for next steps. 

“Do not try to self-diagnose,” he added.

 

10:36 p.m. ET, November 14, 2020

Colorado Governor says those who want to have Thanksgiving gatherings should have started "self-lockdown" yesterday

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Colorado Governor Jared Polis speaks during a news conference in Denver, on November 13.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis speaks during a news conference in Denver, on November 13. David Zalubowski/AP

Colorado Governor Jared Polis told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room Saturday night that anyone who wants to get together with extended family for Thanksgiving this year should have begun "self-lockdown" yesterday.

The governor said people have two options for safely celebrating the holiday. 

"One is like our family is going to celebrate Thanksgiving -- with just our nuclear family. As much as I'd love to see my mom and dad and Marlin's dad, we're going to do that," Polis explained.
"The other way to go is to start a self-quarantine immediately. It would have been best yesterday, but starting today, where you are essentially in a self-quarantine, self-lockdown for two weeks if you can't find another way to avoid having that inter-generational Thanksgiving."
"What can be deadly for people of all ages has significantly worse health impact for people in their 60s, 70s and 80s," the governor added. 

Polis also said the state is "worried about one in every 110 people that have coronavirus."

"If you have a family of 11 people for Thanksgiving, there is a one in 10 chance. That's why I use that Russian Roulette analogy. It's like empty chamber. Boom. You don't know if it will be you or not because the young nephew, niece or cousin could be asymptomatic," Polis explained.

Polis said the best defense states have is to continue to provide information so that families can make informed decisions about the risks they are taking during the holidays.

"Ultimately, when you are talking about spreading, what people empowered by science and data choose to do for Thanksgiving, who they choose to associate with, how many people, how close, how long, that is a matter of personal responsibility informed by data and science," Polis said.
2:22 a.m. ET, November 15, 2020

Mexico passes 1 million Covid-19 cases, death toll approaching 100,000

From CNN’s Natalie Gallon in Mexico City and Taylor Barnes in Atlanta.

A healthcare worker disinfects a colleague at the end of a day of collecting sample for Covid-19 tests in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City on November 13.
A healthcare worker disinfects a colleague at the end of a day of collecting sample for Covid-19 tests in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City on November 13. Eduardo Verdugo/AP

Mexico has reported 1,003,253 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to Mexico’s health ministry.

The ministry also reported that 98,259 people have died from the virus. 

There are 10 other countries that have surpassed 1 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.