Coronavirus News Update – October 30: U.S. Hits 9 Millionth Case, Chicago Begins Partial Lockdown

By Anna Breuer on 30 October 2020
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Crossing the George Washington Bridge into N.J.

The United States, which recorded its 9 millionth case Thursday, has added over 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day since October 7, and recorded 90,728 on Thursday, a record figure equivalent to one new case per second that day.  Reports of new Covid-19 cases continue to mount in 42 states.

News network CNN reported that the majority of counties where President Trump held rallies reported a rate of infection higher than the overall rate for rate for the state in the four-week period following the event.

The state of Illinois has suspended indoor dining in more than half of its monitoring districts and the city of Chicago is slated to shutter dining rooms on Friday. Meanwhile, Idaho’s governor imposed new restrictions on businesses and gatherings.  Local jurisdictions in New Jersey including the city of Paterson are putting curfews into place: Businesses in Paterson, including restaurants, shops, and bars, must close by midnight each day, while residents are being encouraged to remain home after 9 p.m.

In New York, at least 56 people have tested positive so far for the coronavirus after attending a wedding at the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue on October 17, said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.  Almost 160 additional people are in quarantine and the venue faces a $17,000 fine for violating the state’s rule against gatherings of over 50 people Meanwhile, in Bellport, a birthday party with approximately 50 people in attendance resulted in at least 26 new cases and 132 additional people in quarantine.

The Transportation Security Administration reported that almost 100 federal air marshals have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.  Last week the agency was forced to temporarily close its Philadelphia office amidst the outbreak and there were also a number of cases clustered in its Dallas office.

At the final World Series game, one player, Justin Turner, who was escorted away from his teammates during the game when his team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, was notified that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, ignored instructions from league security and returned to the field during the celebration, at some points not wearing a face mask.  “Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk,” the league, which is investigating the occurrence and said there could be possible fines and penalties for his actions, said in a statement

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