Daily #COVID19 data trends for October 28, 2020:— Johns Hopkins University (@JohnsHopkins) October 28, 2020
📈 U.S. new cases: 73,240
🧪 U.S. positivity ratio: 6.19%
🇺🇸 New cases rising: Texas, Wisconsin, California
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➤U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR MOST DAILY CORONAVIRUS CASES: The U.S. reported 87,164 new coronavirus cases yesterday, according to Johns Hopkins University's data, the most new cases in a single day in the country since the pandemic began. The previous high came just six days ago, when there were 83,731 new cases, the new records taking place amid a fall surge of the coronavirus. The Johns Hopkins data showed that 41 states had at least 10 percent more new Covid-19 cases this past week compared to the previous week. Deaths are also rising again, with the death toll now more than 228,000 people. At least 13 states reported highs in hospitalizations, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
➤HURRICANE ZETA LEAVES SIX DEAD: Hurricane Zeta left six dead after coming ashore in Cocodrie, Louisiana, as a Category 2 storm on Wednesday and then quickly moving through parts of the Southeast. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday called the damage on the barrier island community of Grand Isle "catastrophic," and ordered the Louisiana National Guard to assist with search and rescue. Four were killed in Alabama and Georgia when trees fell on their homes, one man was electrocuted in New Orleans, and a man drowned in Mississippi in rising seawater.
➤THOSE SEEKING UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO LOWEST SINCE MARCH, STILL HISTORICALLY HIGH: Labor Department figures out yesterday showed that the number of Americans filing first-time unemployment claims fell last week to 751,000, the lowest since March. But it's still a historically high number, with AP saying it indicates employers are being forced to cut jobs amid the pandemic. The government also said yesterday that the economy expanded at a record 33 percent annual rate in the quarter from July to September quarter, a sharp rebound after the pandemic-driven collapse in the spring's second quarter, when the economy shrank at a 31.4 percent annual rate. However, the increase has only recovered about two-thirds of what was lost to the pandemic.
🏈FALCONS DEFEAT PANTHERS 25-17: The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers 25-17 last night in North Carolina, holding off a late rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons' 10-yard line with just over one minute remaining. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and ran for a touchdown, and Younghoe Koo kicked four field goals.
Trevor Lawrence, the star Clemson QB and Heisman Trophy front runner, has tested positive for COVID-19.— ESPN (@espn) October 30, 2020
Lawrence won't play Saturday against Boston College.
🏈CLEMSON QUARTERBACK LAWRENCE TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS: Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for the coronavirus, with coach Dabo Swinney saying in a statement last night that Lawrence is in isolation with mild symptoms. The quarterback tweeted that he's had, quote, "relatively mild" symptoms, and said, "The only thing that hurts is missing an opportunity to be with my teammates this weekend and play the game I love." Lawrence will miss Clemson's game this weekend against Boston College. The junior is a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy and potentially the top overall pick in next year’s NFL draft.
⚾WHITE SOX HIRE HALL OF FAMER LA RUSSA AS MANAGER: Hall of Famer Tony La Russa is returning to baseball, hired by the Chicago White Sox to be their manager. The 76-year-old began his managing career with the White Sox more than four decades ago, and is now returning with them to manage for the first time since he led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title in 2011. He also won championships with the Oakland A's in 1989 and the Cardinals in 2006. Over his 33 seasons, La Russa won Manager of the Year four times.
🏀TIMBERWOLVES BEASLEY CHARGED WITH THREATENING FAMILY WITH RIFLE: Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was charged yesterday with using a rifle to threaten a family that was house hunting in his suburban Minneapolis neighborhood last month. A couple and their 13-year-old child were on a Parade of Homes tour last month when they drove up to the home being rented by Beasley and his wife, but saw it was roped off. Beasley tapped on the window of the family's SUV, pointed a rifle at them and told them to get off his property. He also continued to hold the rifle aimed on the SUV as it drove off. The Timberwolves said in a statement, "[W]e take these allegations seriously and will let the legal process run its course."