November 20 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Sebastian Shukla and Angela Dewan, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, November 21, 2020
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8:11 p.m. ET, November 19, 2020

Los Angeles records highest number of Covid cases in a single day

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

With 5,031 new Covid-19 cases reported Thursday, Los Angeles County has reached a daily case count not seen before in the pandemic.

The previous daily case high, recorded just Wednesday, was 3,994. The summertime peak in Los Angeles averaged just over 3,000 cases per day.

The increase in cases is climbing at an alarming rate.

“From Oct. 28 to Nov. 10, the average daily cases have increased 68%,” County Health Officer Muntu Davis reported. “We are seeing a much more rapid surge in cases than we saw in the summer.”

Late June to early July saw a steep incline of a 43% case increase in Los Angeles. 

“Honestly, we never expected or hoped that we would be in this situation at this time of the year,” said Davis. “We were really hoping that would be, he would be in stage two by this time of the year. In November, getting our schools, you know, back open, but unfortunately we're not seeing that. And this is an unfortunate place to be, as we're going in the tradition of the traditional holiday season where people traveled and get together.” 

Davis was unable to identify the exact cause of the sudden surge.

“I think we have seen, based on interviews, a number of different activities that people have done it's been very hard to pinpoint unless they know exactly, if they were around someone who became sick or found out later that someone was sick and did have the virus. You know, that's where their exposure was,” he said.

Los Angeles health officials are encouraging people to stay with their households, wear face coverings when outdoors, and opt out of unnecessary travel.

8:09 p.m. ET, November 19, 2020

CDC recommends against travel for Thanksgiving

From CNN's Maggie Fox

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans should not travel for Thanksgiving, and has posted updated guidelines for safely celebrating the holiday.

"CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving Day period," Dr. Henry Walke, Covid-19 incident manager for the CDC, told reporters in a conference call.
"Right now, especially as we are seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads, to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time."

"The reason that we made the update is that the fact that over the week we've seen over a million new cases in the country," Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz, the CDC's lead for Community Intervention and Critical Population Task Force, said during the briefing.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 250,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States. More than 11.5 million people have been diagnosed with the virus and the United States has set several new daily records for hospitalizations.

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