November 30 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Brett McKeehan, Emma Reynolds, Ed Upright, Jo Shelley, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 0504 GMT (1304 HKT) December 1, 2020
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12:24 a.m. ET, November 30, 2020

The US reached more than 93,000 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday -- the highest of the pandemic

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients in the United States reached a record high of 93,238 on Sunday, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The number trumped Saturday's 91,635 figure and marked the third time there have been more than 90,000 Americans hospitalized with Covid-19. The first was last Thursday with 90,481 patients, before a drop to 89,834 on Friday that could be attributed to inconsistencies in reporting over Thanksgiving.

Hospitalizations in the US have been hitting steady highs throughout November. The country surpassed 80,000 daily hospitalizations on November 19 and set new records steadily for 17 days straight until Friday, according to CTP.

A surge of new travel-related infections could overwhelm hospitals already stretched to capacity

"There's no way that the hospitals can be fully prepared for what we're currently facing," emergency medicine physician and CNN medical analyst Dr. Megan Ranney said.

This is like a natural disaster occurring in all 50 states at the same time."

Read more about the hospitalizations in the US:

12:20 a.m. ET, November 30, 2020

New Orleans Saints fined by NFL for violating Covid-19 protocol, will lose draft pick

From CNN's Homero DeLaFuente and Kevin Dotson

The NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints $500,000 for violating the league’s Covid-19 protocols, a source confirmed to CNN. 

The Saints will also lose a seventh-round draft pick for not wearing masks in the locker room after their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 18.  

The Saints are the second team to lose a draft pick for violating Covid-19 protocol this season. Earlier this month, the Las Vegas Raiders were stripped of a sixth-round pick. 

CNN has reached out to the Saints for comment. 

10:55 p.m. ET, November 29, 2020

White House coronavirus task force member says families who gathered at Thanksgiving should get tested

From CNN's Leanna Faulk

In order to mitigate the spread of the virus, White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx is encouraging Americans to get tested for Covid-19.

“If you're young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later,” Birz told CBS. “You need to assume that you're infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.” 

Birx said people over the age of 65 should get tested immediately if they develop symptoms. 

“If you're over 65 or you have comorbidities and you gathered at Thanksgiving – if you develop any symptoms, you need to be tested immediately,” Birx said. 

Birx also encouraged families who gathered for Thanksgiving to consider wearing a mask while inside their homes to protect loved ones from possibly contracting the virus.

10:54 p.m. ET, November 29, 2020

California reported more than 15,000 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

California reported 15,614 new Covid-19 cases and 32 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the state count to 1,198,934 cases and death toll to 19,121 since the pandemic began, according to figures released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

There were 234,319 new tests reported in the previous 24-hour reporting period, according to CDPH.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.2%, and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.1%.