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Coronavirus cases are surging throughout the midwestern U.S., with states including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin experiencing a 25% case increase across the last 14 days. (NBC News)
As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EST, the unofficial COVID-19 toll included 7,917,189 cases and 216,904 deaths. That’s up 57,824 cases and 990 deaths from this time a day ago.
CDC director Robert Redfield warned that small household gatherings are driving U.S. outbreaks. (CNN)
France has declared a public health state of emergency due to recent outbreaks, with officials imposing nightly curfews in major cities. Meanwhile, top health officials face a criminal investigation into whether their responses early in the pandemic were too lax. (Reuters)
A study in Nature Medicine identified Belgium, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and England and Wales as the countries with the most excess deaths during the pandemic. The U.S. was not included in the analysis.
President Trump is touting his “immunity” to COVID-19. But because of his treatment with synthetic antibodies, scientists are debating just how true that might be. (New York Times)
Melania Trump said son Barron previously tested positive for coronavirus, but is now negative and never showed symptoms. (AP News)
A Wisconsin judge blocked an order by the governor to restrict indoor capacity of bars, restaurants and other spaces to 25%. (WDIO)
More than 60 coronavirus infections were linked to a Canadian spin studio that followed all public health guidelines. (Washington Post)
Pfizer will become the first COVID vaccine manufacturer to include kids as young as 12 in its trials. (CNN)
But young, healthy people may not receive a coronavirus vaccine until 2022, according to the WHO. (CNBC)
Adding to the latest coronavirus surge in college football, University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban tested positive. (ESPN)
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Last Updated October 15, 2020