Coronavirus cases are surging around the US, including in parts of the Northeast.
Here are some of the top headlines from the region so far today:
- Increases across Vermont: Vermont health officials said last week the state had a Covid-19 case in “every single one of Vermont’s 14 counties.” Officials also reported a growing number of schools being impacted, including a recent outbreak at Saint Michael’s College with 26 active positive cases and 137 students who have been identified as contacts and are now in quarantine.
- Spiking cases in young people in Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters Tuesday that the Department of Health reported 1,216 new cases of Covid-19 and 550 hospitalizations from Monday. The state is seeing a decrease in the number of cases of individuals above 60 — "the most vulnerable," he said — and a spike in cases among people under 30. Baker said around 300 people per day in the younger age group are testing positive for Covid-19.
- A warning from NYC's mayor: In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio asked residents to remain in the city for the upcoming holidays and refrain from traveling. He said this is a recommendation based on health care leadership. “Do not travel out of state for the holidays. Do not travel to a state with a high infection rate. Do not travel to a country with a high infection rate,” the mayor said Tuesday.
- No new restrictions in Philadelphia — yet: Philadelphia will not be imposing new restrictions amid the pandemic Tuesday, but officials are considering a “range of options.” Dr. Thomas Farley, the city's health commissioner, said the city is entering a “difficult and dangerous” period of the pandemic. “With the rising case rates, we are looking at a variety of restrictions,” he later said. No decisions have been made, he said.
Here's a look at where coronavirus cases are rising across the US: