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US surpasses 100,000 new Covid-19 daily cases for 26 consecutive days

The United States has added at least 100,000 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday – marking the 26th consecutive day the country has topped that benchmark, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

So far today the USs has reported 114,397 new cases and 862 deaths, according to the university.

Some of the cases reported Saturday include data from states that did not report on Thursday and Friday, due to the holiday.

Joe Biden announces additional members to Covid-19 advisory board

Joe Biden announced three additional members to his Covid-19 advisory board, adding experts on mental health and health disparities among American Indians, both which are issues the president-elect has listed as priorities in the fight against the pandemic.

Jane Hopkins trained as a nurse in England and specializes in mental health, according to the transition’s release. Jill Jim is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and the executive director at Navajo Nation Department of Health.

David Michaels has experience as an epidemiologist and professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University, where his research focuses on “protecting the integrity of the science underpinning public health, safety, and environmental protections,” per the release. 

Covid-19 cases and deaths in California continue to rise

California reported 11,996 new Covid-19 cases and 56 new deaths and on Saturday, bringing the state’s count to 1,183,320 cases and death toll to 19,089, according to numbers released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

These numbers are slight increases from records reported on Friday.

CDPH updated the Blueprint for a Safer Economy county tiers based on data from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22 with a four-day lag—revealing that nine counties are moving to more restrictive tiers:

  • Red (substantial) to Purple (widespread) Tier: Calaveras, Lake, Plumas, San Mateo and San Francisco
  • Orange (moderate) to Purple (widespread) Tier: Modoc
  • Orange (moderate) to Red (substantial) Tier: Alpine, Inyo, and Mariposa.

More details: Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide plan for reducing COVID-19 and keeping Californians healthy and safe.

The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening Covid-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease.

Washington, DC, breaks daily record for Covid-19 infections

Washington, DC, reported a record number of new coronavirus cases on Saturday, with 371 residents testing positive for the virus from the day before.

The District’s previous record was reported May 1 with 335 positive cases.  

Earlier this week: Mayor Muriel Bowser said Washington, DC, would making adjustments to some of its phase 2 reopening guidelines, including limiting indoor dining and restricting the number of people allowed to gather.  

These numbers were released by the city’s health department, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and CNN’s Covid tracker.

Demand for donations could last until 2023 in "worst-case scenario," food bank president says

Derrick Chubbs, president and CEO of Central Texas Food Bank, said a “considerable number” of people are seeking out food donations for the first time. 

“We are around 30% short of meeting the demand that we’re already seeing,” he said.

Chubbs said he is most concerned about long-term demand. 

“All of our data tells us that…we will see these elevated levels through 2021, almost through 2022 and — in a worst-case scenario — into 2023,” he said. 

In October, the food bank served more than 300,000 people, and he anticipates a 25% increase over that for November.

“Making a donation to our food bank or to your local food bank, regardless of where you are, is going to be beneficial to helping us try and meet this unprecedented demand,” Chubbs said. 

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How small businesses across the US have kept themselves afloat during the pandemic

While small business owners have faced tremendous hurdles over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many hope to see a rise in sales thanks to Small Business Saturday.

Ali Rose VanOverbeke, owner and founder of Genusee Eyewear, said she was “terrified” when the pandemic first hit. 

VanOverbeke left a fashion career in New York City to start her business in Flint, Michigan, making eyeglasses from recycled water bottles in response to the city’s water crisis

“We’ve been really lucky that we’ve been staying afloat throughout this, as well as being able to grow and be able to create jobs here in the community for our employees,” she said. 

Michael Salvatore, owner of Heritage Bicycle and Coffee in Chicago, says his company has had to innovate and adapt during the pandemic. 

“I feel like everyone has to pivot in order to make this work, whether it’s personally or for business,” Salvatore said. 

He said they started an initiative for customers to purchase coffee and pastries for frontline workers, which he’d then deliver. 

“That would keep our employees employed and fed and paid and … it made a difference. Our customers have been very generous,” he said. 

VanOverbeke said she’s also had to think outside the box for her business as well. 

“When the pandemic hit, it was a signal for us to really double down on our e-commerce. So we’ve been fully focused on our website and launching things like virtual try-on,” she said, adding that they’re also producing fog-free glasses.

Brandon Neisler, owner of Lovin Florist in Lawrenceville, Georgia, bought his business in February. He told CNN that he’s experienced “a lot of sleepless nights” since the beginning of the pandemic. 

“It was a lot to take on — emotionally, mentally, everything. But fortunately, we’re able to make it through,” he said. 

Holiday sales will be “vital” for small businesses like his, he added. 

New York state reports more than 6,000 new Covid-19 cases

Cars line up at a drive-thru coronavirus testing center in Bear Mountain, New York, on November 25.
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Cars line up at a drive-thru coronavirus testing center in Bear Mountain, New York, on November 25.

New York state has reported 6,063 new Covid-19 cases.

This figure is up from the more than 5,000 cases reported Friday, according to a tweet from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The statewide test positivity rate, with all focus areas included, is 3.98%, a press release from the governor’s office said. 

As of Saturday, an additional 184 patients have been hospitalized for the virus and an additional 42 deaths have been reported, according to the release.

The test positivity rate across all focus areas is 5.65%, the release said.

Turkey reports record Covid-19 death rate for sixth day in row

Turkey recorded another record mortality number from Covid-19 for the sixth consecutive day, with 182 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health on Saturday

The ministry announced a record 30,103 cases with 6,714 people showing symptoms. Since last week, Turkey has started to release case numbers as well as patient numbers.   

A total of 13,373 Turkish people have died since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the ministry.

US records more than 4 million new Covid-19 cases in November

A health care worker waits to administer Covid-19 tests at a testing site in Washington, DC, on November 24.
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A health care worker waits to administer Covid-19 tests at a testing site in Washington, DC, on November 24.

So far, during the month of November, the United States has tallied over 4 million new Covid-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. 

Since the start of November, a total of 4,004,047 cases have been identified. There have also been 34,019 deaths from the virus in November as of Saturday afternoon. 

November’s new cases account for 30% of all cases in the US since the pandemic began.

The US has reported nearly 265,000 deaths due to Covid-19

According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases in the United States, there have been at least 13,111,362 Covid-19 cases and at least 264,977 people have died from the virus.

So far today, Johns Hopkins has reported 22,541 new cases and 119 reported deaths.

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

Coronavirus cases in Arizona continue to climb

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reported 4,136 new daily coronavirus cases in Arizona on Saturday along with 36 new coronavirus related deaths.

This brings the total number of coronavirus cases across the state to 322,774 and the death toll due to Covid-19 to 6,624, according to ADHS.

As of Saturday, Arizona’s seven-day average positivity rate for coronavirus cases stand at 13%, ADHS reports.

Arizona’s overall intensive care unit capacity remains limited, with 11% of ICU beds available for Covid-19 patients and people with all other illnesses.

ADHS reported that 2,383 inpatient beds in Arizona are occupied by Covid-19 patients, a little less than three times the number of beds occupied by Covid-19 patients since the beginning of November.

To note: These numbers were released by the state’s health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and CNN’s Covid tracker.

More than 60 people arrested at anti-lockdown protest in London

More than 60 people have been arrested during an anti-lockdown protest in London on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said.

“These were for a number of different offenses, including breaching coronavirus restrictions. We expect this number to rise,” the police said on Twitter.

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