New York Times: A Motorcycle Rally in a Pandemic? ‘We Kind of Knew What Was Going to Happen’

New York Times: A Motorcycle Rally in a Pandemic? ‘We Kind of Knew What Was Going to Happen’. “Albert Aguirre was amped as he and a buddy skimmed across the South Dakota plains, heading to join 460,000 bikers for a motorcycle rally shaping up to be a Woodstock of unmasked, uninhibited coronavirus defiance. ‘Sit tight Sturgis,’ Mr. Aguirre, 40, posted on Facebook on Aug. 7 as he snapped a photo of the sun sifting through the clouds. ‘We’re almost there!’ A month later, back home in the college town of Vermillion, S.D., Mr. Aguirre was so sick he could barely take a shower. He had not been tested but told friends that it had to be Covid-19.”

Global News: Trump’s election night party becomes latest White House coronavirus cluster

Global News: Trump’s election night party becomes latest White House coronavirus cluster. “It was supposed to be a scene of celebration. Instead, the Trump campaign’s election night watch party in the White House East Room has become another symbol of President Donald Trump’s cavalier attitude toward the coronavirus, which is ripping across the nation and infecting more than 100,000 people a day.”

Washington Post: How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest

Washington Post: How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest. “Within weeks of the gathering, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita. The surge was especially pronounced in North and South Dakota, where cases and hospitalization rates continued their juggernaut rise into October. Experts say they will never be able to determine how many of those cases originated at the 10-day rally, given the failure of state and local health officials to identify and monitor attendees returning home, or to trace chains of transmission after people got sick. Some, however, believe the nearly 500,000-person gathering played a role in the outbreak now consuming the Upper Midwest.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus again hits Roosevelt carrier as sailors test positive two days after new deployment

San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus again hits Roosevelt carrier as sailors test positive two days after new deployment. “The warship returned to San Diego on July 9 after an ill-fated six-month deployment that led to a massive coronavirus outbreak infecting more than 1,250 of its crew. One sailor died from COVID-19 complications. The crew had spent about three months in the homeport. During its challenging earlier deployment, the Roosevelt spent about a month in Guam trying to stem the outbreak, isolate sailors and sanitize the ship.”

StarTribune: Salvation Army COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota sickens one-third of conference attendees

StarTribune: Salvation Army COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota sickens one-third of conference attendees. “Twenty Salvation Army staff from Minnesota and North Dakota tested positive for COVID-19 after 62 people attended a recent conference in northern Minnesota, underscoring how easily the virus can spread.”

‘It Has Hit Us With a Vengeance’: Virus Surges Again Across the United States (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘It Has Hit Us With a Vengeance’: Virus Surges Again Across the United States. “After weeks of warnings that cases were again on the rise, a third surge of coronavirus infection has firmly taken hold in the United States. The nation is averaging 59,000 new cases a day, the most since the beginning of August, and the country is on pace to record the most new daily cases of the entire pandemic in the coming days.”

StarTribune: National Guard called in to help contain COVID outbreaks at two Minnesota nursing homes

StarTribune: National Guard called in to help contain COVID outbreaks at two Minnesota nursing homes. “In a troubling sign of COVID-19’s resurgence, the Minnesota National Guard has been called in to provide emergency staffing support at two nursing homes struggling to contain large and deadly outbreaks of the respiratory disease.”

Associated Press: 10 residents dead amid virus outbreak at Kansas nursing home

Associated Press: 10 residents dead amid virus outbreak at Kansas nursing home. “The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all 62 residents and an unspecified number of employees at the Andbe Home in Norton had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The agency also said one Andbe Home resident was hospitalized, while the remaining 51 were being treated at the home.”

Detroit Free Press: As COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 80% in Michigan, health officials warn of possible surge

Detroit Free Press: As COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 80% in Michigan, health officials warn of possible surge. “Coronavirus cases are rising in Michigan and COVID-19 hospitalizations have spiked 80% in recent weeks, climbing in all regions of the state, health officials warned Tuesday. ‘It is very possible that this is the beginning of a second wave,’ said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin surpasses 1,500 coronavirus deaths, reports more than 3,200 new cases in worst day of pandemic yet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin surpasses 1,500 coronavirus deaths, reports more than 3,200 new cases in worst day of pandemic yet. “The state Department of Health Services reported 3,279 new cases and 34 deaths due to the coronavirus — both measures the highest of the pandemic. The state crossed the grim threshold of 1,500 total deaths and reported its highest-ever average of new cases — 2,727 a day over the last seven days.”

France24: France places Paris on top Covid-19 alert level as virus resurges

France24: France places Paris on top Covid-19 alert level as virus resurges. “Figures from the regional health agency ARS show new coronavirus cases remaining above 250 per 100,000 people in Paris, a threshold triggering the maximum alert protocol which has already hit the southern cities Aix-en-Provence and Marseille and their surroundings, as well as the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Gov. Evers warns of ‘near-exponential’ COVID-19 growth; more people in Wisconsin now hospitalized with virus than ever before

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Gov. Evers warns of ‘near-exponential’ COVID-19 growth; more people in Wisconsin now hospitalized with virus than ever before. “Wisconsin on [September 24] logged the highest number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and reported nearly 2,400 new coronavirus cases, the second-highest daily case count ever. Gov. Tony Evers urged residents to wear masks and practice social distancing as the state continued to see what he called “unprecedented, near-exponential growth” in case counts, largely driven by young people.”

The Harvard Crimson: HMS Researchers Develop New Tool for Early Detection of Local-Level COVID-19 Outbreaks

The Harvard Crimson: HMS Researchers Develop New Tool for Early Detection of Local-Level COVID-19 Outbreaks. “The COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool — which was developed in partnership with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgia Tech, and Boston Medical Center — includes an interactive map dashboard that color codes counties by predicted COVID-19 case count doubling time. The tool also includes a ‘data explorer’ table which can sort counties by a variety of relevant parameters, such as 14-day new case trends or average daily cases in the past week.”

Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns. “Madrid is again at the epicentre of Spain’s coronavirus outbreak, as it was during the first peak earlier this year. The country recorded a further 12,272 cases on Friday, bringing the official total to 716,481, the highest infection tally in western Europe. Spain and many other countries in the northern hemisphere have seen a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.”