Nearly 100,000 people in the United States are currently hospitalized with the virus.
In November alone, more than four million Americans were infected, more than twice the total number in October.
With people returning after the Thanksgiving holiday, there are renewed calls to limit gatherings, even if they are outdoors.
Meanwhile, a three-week stay-at-home order begins Monday in Los Angeles County, where more than 5,000 cases were reported.
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Here are more of today’s headlines:
NYC schools to reopen in phases
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city’s public schools will reopen in phases, beginning on Monday, December 7. The phased-in approach will start with 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, who will return to in-person learning on December 7. D75 schools, all grade levels, will return to in-person learning on Thursday, December 10. In addition, schools must increase testing from monthly to weekly, and testing consent forms will be required for attendance.
NY daily positivity rate up again to 4.27%
New York’s daily COVID-19 positivity rate went up once again to 4.27%, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. The governor said the state reported more than 157,000 test results on Saturday.
Today’s update on the numbers:
Of the 157,320 tests reported yesterday, 6,723 were positive (4.27% of total).
Total hospitalizations are at 3,372.
Sadly, there were 55 COVID fatalities yesterday. pic.twitter.com/YODnxgOdHd
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 29, 2020
1M passengers traveled through US airports Saturday
Nearly 1 million passengers traveled through U.S. airports Saturday and officials are expecting even more Sunday despite surging coronavirus cases. According to Transportation Security Administration data, 964,630 travelers passed through TSA checkpoints on Saturday, a bump from 560,902 on Thursday and 820,399 on Friday. Yet travel industry groups expect Sunday — as everyone heads home from their holiday destinations — to be the busiest day of travel since the pandemic-related shutdowns began in March.
NJ Health Dept. employee tests positive
An employee working in the New Jersey Health Commissioner’s Office recently tested positive for COVID-19, the health department said in a statement. The employee was last in the building on Tuesday, November 24 and is currently isolating at home. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and some members of the staff who work in the Office of the Commissioner at the Department of Health in Trenton will work from home and voluntarily quarantine through December 8. The contact tracing process has begun.
Illegal club with nearly 400 people inside shut down
An illegal club with nearly 400 people inside was shut down early Saturday, the New York City Sheriff said. In a post on Twitter, the sheriff’s office said deputies discovered more than 393 people inside of a building on West 36th Street in Midtown.
Rockland County to begin testing schools within yellow zone
One week of coordinated testing will begin for school districts within Rockland County’s yellow zone. The Rockland County Department of Health has partnered with Good Samaritan Hospital to provide the testing, which will being on Monday. November 30. Schools within the yellow zone are required to test 20% of students, faculty and staff over the two-week period immediately following the announcement of a yellow zone designation in order to remain open for in-person learning.
New Jersey reports 24 new COVID deaths
New Jersey reported 3,924 new positive cases on Saturday. That number is slightly down from Friday. However, more deaths were reported Saturday, 24, compared to 19 the…