November 25 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:59 a.m. ET, November 27, 2020
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6:06 p.m. ET, November 25, 2020

There's a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in US nursing homes, health group CEO says

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury


Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association, said he's "extremely concerned" about holiday gatherings because "the rapid increase in [Covid-19] cases across the country has led to a rapid increase of cases in nursing homes."

The American Health Care Association represents more than 14,000 long-term health care facilities across the country. Parkinson told CNN's Kate Bolduan that last week 12,500 people in nursing homes were diagnosed with coronavirus "and the tragedy of that is that we know that 20% of them will die."

Parkinson urged the general public to consider the lives impacted by the pandemic when making plans for Thanksgiving weekend.

"The decisions that we all collectively make over the next four days will determine whether thousands of more people die or whether we will make the small sacrifices we need to make to keep them alive. And as Dr. [Anthony] Fauci has said, in just a few more months, once we have the vaccine, to get together and celebrate then. It's really up to us," Parkinson explained.

He added that the virus "is so contagious that even under the best of infection control, we’re not able to keep it out. The answer is socially distancing in the general public. Celebrate Thanksgiving, but celebrate it at home with people that you live with."


6:06 p.m. ET, November 25, 2020

FDA says starting Friday, public can provide comment for Covid-19 vaccine meeting

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine vials.
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine vials. Pfizer

The US Food and Drug Administration has posted to Twitter more details about an upcoming meeting of its outside advisory committee to discuss Pfizer and BioNTech's emergency use authorization application for a coronavirus vaccine candidate.

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet on Dec. 10. 

"Starting Friday, the public will be able to submit comments to the public docket for this meeting, and those comments will be reviewed by the FDA," the agency tweeted on Wednesday. "Although the VRBPAC members provide advice to the agency, which may include advice on the safety and effectiveness data submitted in the EUA request, final decisions on whether to authorize the vaccine for emergency use are made by the FDA."

In a series of tweets, the FDA also noted that the committee is made up of scientific and public health experts and the committee meeting will be live-streamed on the agency's YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels and from the FDA website.

12:23 p.m. ET, November 25, 2020

Your Thanksgiving Day Zoom call won't be subjected to the company's 40-minute time limit

From CNN's Marika Gerken

The holidays are upon us and one tech company is already in the giving spirit.

Zoom announced earlier this month it will lift its timed meeting limit on Thanksgiving so "your family gatherings don't get cut short."

The video communications company announced in a tweet that the 40-minute time limit it usually has on its free meetings will be lifted globally on Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day).

If you're hosting a Zoom Thanksgiving this year, read up here on how to make it a holiday to remember.

6:06 p.m. ET, November 25, 2020

Here's how New York City's Thanksgiving day parade will play out

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

A view of the Jennie-O float as Macy's unveils the new fleet of floats joining the 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 18 in New York City.
A view of the Jennie-O float as Macy's unveils the new fleet of floats joining the 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 18 in New York City. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, after his repeated call for families to celebrate their Thanksgiving safely, said he was excited for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which he said would be, like many other things, much different this year during the pandemic.

“It will be different, it will be smaller, it will be made for TV it is not a spectator event in person," he said at a briefing today. "We’re letting people know it’s going to be a very limited area and we’re not asking people to show up, of course there will be plenty of measures to make sure there are no crowds but you will be able to see it on television, it’s going to be exciting. There will be floats, there will be balloons.” 

And for children, “there will also be a very important visitor from the North Pole at the end of the parade.”

The parade will also honor elements from parades that were cancelled throughout the city earlier this year.

“It’s going to be great also because Macys went to the extent of making sure that some of the other parades that we didn’t get to have this year got some representation so they’ll have some wonderful performances from the west Indian day parade, from the Puerto Rican parade – things we normally look forward to all year – and from the cast of Hamilton. It's going to be something very special," the mayor said.

He thanked Macys for coming up with a safe plan.

Later he thanked those in the education community for their work during the pandemic, as well as food service workers, those in pantry’s and soup kitchens, for their extraordinary help to provide meals to those in need.

6:07 p.m. ET, November 25, 2020

Covid-19 hospitalizations have jumped up in New York City, mayor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference in New York City, New York, on November 25.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference in New York City, New York, on November 25. NYC Media

The daily number of people across New York City admitted to hospitals for Covid-19 jumped, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, though he added that overall hospitals are doing “very, very well.”

The daily number of people admitted to hospitals for Covid-19 is at 141, under the 200 threshold, but still higher than in recent days which de Blasio said is a “concern.”

The confirmed positivity rate for Covid-19 for those patients is 45%.

“Overall our hospitals are doing very, very well but that jump is a concern,” he said. 

The percent of people who tested positive for Covid-19 city wide is 2.74%. The seven-day rolling average is 3.05%, he said. 

11:05 a.m. ET, November 25, 2020

More than 260,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

There have been at least 12,613,248 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 260,190 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

So far today, Johns Hopkins has reported 22,085 new cases and 265 reported deaths.


10:57 a.m. ET, November 25, 2020

Florida governor says his goal is to provide Covid-19 vaccines to all long-term care facilities residents 

From CNN's Melissa Alonso and Devon Sayers 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a pre-taped update.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a pre-taped update. Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's in contact with CVS and Walgreens leadership, and is told once a Covid-19 vaccine is available "they are ready to deploy to Florida's over 4,000 long-term care facilities."  

In a short pre-taped video update, DeSantis said more than 3,000 long-term care facilities have already signed up to receive vaccines.  

 "Our goal will be to provide vaccines to every resident of long-term care facilities throughout the state," according to DeSantis.  

"As more vaccine becomes available, we of course are going to want to get that into the broader senior community first, and then into the broader community at large," said DeSantis.  

DeSantis has said there will be no vaccine mandate in Florida, CNN has reported.  

DeSantis did not address the rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths in his state nor did he provide an update on daily cases. 

DeSantis hasn’t hosted a Covid-19 press conference in three weeks. Since November 4, DeSantis hasn’t held a single live news conference. 

10:52 a.m. ET, November 25, 2020

Chicago food bank is seeing many people seeking meals for the first time during pandemic, CEO says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Lakeview Pantry CEO Kellie O’Connell speaks during an interview in Chicago on November 25.
Lakeview Pantry CEO Kellie O’Connell speaks during an interview in Chicago on November 25. CNN

The CEO of a Chicago food bank that is seeing a 200% increase in demand ahead of Thanksgiving says many people are coming to them for the first time ever. 

“It's such a tough time for so many right now. … So many people in America live paycheck to paycheck or are one furlough or layoff away from a financial crisis, and that's a lot of what we're seeing right now,” Lakeview Pantry CEO Kellie O’Connell said in an interview with CNN. 

“Especially hospitality workers or hard-hit industries, so many people are coming to us for the first time that never have had to before,” she added. 

O’Connell said that the pantry is also seeing larger families with children seeking out meals. 


Click here to find out how you can get help if you are facing food insecurity today.  

9:54 a.m. ET, November 25, 2020

Here are the latest Covid-19 headlines from across the US

From CNN's Amanda Watts

A person leans out of a vehicle to use a self-administered swab at a Covid-19 testing site in Westbrook, Maine, on November 9.
A person leans out of a vehicle to use a self-administered swab at a Covid-19 testing site in Westbrook, Maine, on November 9. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images

It's the morning before Thanksgiving in the United States and the coronavirus pandemic is raging across the country.

If you're just reading in now, here are the latest Covid-19 trends and headlines for the US:

  • The US has had 15 consecutive days of record-breaking current Covid-19 hospitalizations. There were 88,080 hospitalizations reported Tuesday, according to Covid Tracking Project data. The US is now averaging 83,296 hospitalizations over the last 7 days. At least 14 states reported record high hospitalizations Tuesday and 27 states are reporting over 1,000 current hospitalizations, according to CTP data.
  • The nation reported 2,146 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.  This is only the second time since early May that the US has topped 2,000 reported deaths in a single day. The US averages 1,601 reported deaths per day, JHU data shows. This metric hasn’t been this high since May 11. At least 7 states reported their single highest day of Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to JHU: Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon and Wisconsin.  
  • On Tuesday, the United States added 172,935 new Covid-19 cases, according to JHU. Yesterday's total was the 5th highest single day of the pandemic for new cases, per JHU data. For 22 consecutive days, the US has posted over 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day. The US is now averages 174,225 new cases per day. Three states reported their highest single day of new cases on Tuesday, per JHU data: California, Maine and Nevada  
  • Twenty-eight states are showing upward trends in new reported cases. Only six states are showing downward trends: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Tennessee.

Here's where new Covid-19 cases are increasing compared to the previous week: