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COVID -19 Update, November 12, 2020: The National Hot Spot

At this point, COVID-19 is running rampant across the US (and many other parts of the world); you can accurately say that the entire United States is a coronavirus hot spot. As we have noted time and again, no coordinated plan exists for battling the illness. Hope is on the horizon, but the short-term prospect is rough.

The latest:

US enters winter short on medical supplies and lacking a national COVID-19 policy: tinyurl.com/y3ogtyc3. The US hits another record in hospitalizations on Tuesday: tinyurl.com/y6ooekxw. The resurgent pandemic arrives just at the point that medical experts warned it would: tinyurl.com/yyvs22k4.

Hospitals across the country are facing the possibility of rationing care: tinyurl.com/y2gmr5c4.

Two critical federal aid programs are set to expire at the end of the year, leaving millions of people hanging: tinyurl.com/y2v8ncby.

Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts that the vaccine will be widely available by April: tinyurl.com/y36nwlob.

The CDC now says that, in addition to preventing coronavirus spread, masks protect the people wearing them: tinyurl.com/y695exwm.

Ticketmaster unveils plan to tests customers COVID-19 status: tinyurl.com/y38umsef.

Weekly unemployment claims come in at 709,000, a little better than expected: tinyurl.com/y3lkmmyv.

Meanwhile:

White House political director Brian Jack tests positive for COVID-19: tinyurl.com/y4godu3u.

Lightfair reschedules, moving from April to October of next year: tinyurl.com/yxd7fx6f.

The FDA authorizes emergency use of Eli Lilly's antibody-based COVID-19 treatment, which is still in trials: tinyurl.com/y2r73fp9.

In the Middle East, Iran and Lebanon are implement lockdowns and curfews: tinyurl.com/y3az6dnf.

Food for thought:

A new study suggests that certain types of colds may cause antibodies that fight the coronavirus, which would explain the relative immunity of many children: tinyurl.com/y6cb844b.

Why you shouldn't get too excited about the vaccine yet: tinyurl.com/y2r6l6py.

The venues most responsible for COVID-19 spread include restaurants, gyms, hotels, and houses of worship: tinyurl.com/yybdf583.

We have a vaccine. Now comes the hard part -- delivering it: tinyurl.com/y5cyncw3.

How casual social occasions that feel safe are fueling the spread of the pandemic: tinyurl.com/y36x2ua5.

A new study asserts that Black and Asian people are at elevated risk for COVID-19: tinyurl.com/y24qqw4q.

Around the country:

In California:

Jennifer Lopez's new film, Marry Me, trying to outrun the pandemic, postpones its release from February to May: tinyurl.com/y392jcnk.

Disneyland will furlough more employees: tinyurl.com/y5llnbof.

On-location film permits jumped 24% in October, suggesting that the TV/film industry is starting to come back: tinyurl.com/y479qozx.

Indoor cinemas in Sacramento and San Diego will close as their locations drop into the more restrictive "purple" tier: tinyurl.com/y3c9m2nh.

In Florida:

The state reports 4,353 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday: tinyurl.com/y6zfgksh. The numbers go up to 5,838 on Wednesday: tinyurl.com/y484rnxm.

The new data analyst in the Office of Policy and Budget is an Uber driver and COVID conspiracy theorist: tinyurl.com/yxb4m8ml.

Florida Grand Opera cancels its 2020 - 21 season: tinyurl.com/y57e66oq.

In Georgia:

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is shut down temporarily after a crew member tests positive for COVID-19: tinyurl.com/y6826lve.

In Illinois:

The state sets another record, with 12,623 new COVID cases: tinyurl.com/yy8uvrl2. On Wednesday, the numbers reach 12,657: tinyurl.com/y4bcfkqw.

Hospitals in the state are back to delaying elective surgeries and adding beds to deal with the pandemic: tinyurl.com/y6lsxe2h.

More than one-third of the state's schoolteachers have considered leaving the profession because of COVID-related stress: tinyurl.com/y2qnwja8.

In Kansas:

The AMC cinema chain launches a private rental program to raise its income: tinyurl.com/yxj3bcbw.

In Maryland:

The state records 1,714 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday: tinyurl.com/y4wzy36o.

The University of Maryland's Saturday football game with Ohio State is canceled, due to a COVID-19 outbreak totaling eight Maryland players: tinyurl.com/yyt4zqtd.

In Massachusetts:

The number of COVID-19 cases reaches an alarming new high at 2,495: tinyurl.com/y2xerho4.

In Missouri:

The Kansas City metro area breaks another records, with more than 1,200 cases in a single day: tinyurl.com/y2qbfnpz. The mayor says the area is facing "uncontrolled community spread:" tinyurl.com/y6pl94nx.

Kansas City hospitals are reaching a crisis state: tinyurl.com/y2pzzbht.

In Nevada:

The state record 1,332 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as well as a worrying positivity rate of 13.7%: tinyurl.com/y3htpkxq. On Wednesday, the numbers reach 1,107: tinyurl.com/y6xqvx6j.

The governor gives citizens two weeks to shape up or stronger social restrictions will be imposed: tinyurl.com/yyrg3vqg.

In New York:

Hospitalizations in New York City reach their highest number since June with the positivity rate up to 3%: tinyurl.com/y6gy4yaz.

The governor imposes a 10:00pm curfew and caps private parties at 10 people: tinyurl.com/yyzfkhkt.

How Staten Island became the city's biggest COVID-19 hot spot: tinyurl.com/yxe5d8uz.

In Tennessee:

Lady A, Rascal Flatts, and Jenee Fleenor are the latest acts to pull out of the CMA Awards, happening on November 13, because of coronavirus concerns: tinyurl.com/yyxlh638.

In Texas:

The state becomes the first to record more than one million cases: tinyurl.com/y2vkvhns. In El Paso, they're bringing in mobile morgues to handle the bodies: tinyurl.com/y55jnlsj.

In Wisconsin:

The spread of COVID-19 is so pervasive that the Department of Health Services has had to create a new category to classify it: tinyurl.com/y3uqhhl6.

Around the world:

In Brazil:

The president tells his citizens to stop being "sissies," saying that they will all die one day: tinyurl.com/yyyayutg.

In Cambodia:

State-organized events are canceled after several people test positive for COVID-19 following the visit of a Hungarian official: tinyurl.com/y25g35oy.

In Greece:

On a day when the country records 2,752 new COVID-19 cases, the government implements a nighttime curfew: tinyurl.com/y3v3ebm4.

In Italy:

The country faces it deadliest day in six months: tinyurl.com/y3tlmo5g. Many hospitals are at a breaking point: tinyurl.com/yxnvcbhq.

In Russia:

One day after Pfizer announces its vaccine, Russia responds that it has something better: tinyurl.com/y5t25fbl.

In Sweden:

The country's controversial "light-touch" approach to the coronavirus is no longer working: tinyurl.com/y2jrw8jd.

In Ukraine:

The president is hospitalized with COVID-19: tinyurl.com/yyez8qqr.

Education:

New webinars from JBL: "How Technology Drives the Art of Audio with Robert Margouleff," December 1 at 11:00am CT; register at tinyurl.com/y43jqncy. "The Basics of Installation Audio with Jonathan Isaacs," December 3 at 11:00am; register at tinyurl.com/y52rms5f.

New webinar from Martin by Harman: "Martin P3 System Controller Software 5.2.0 In Depth Training with Wouter Verlinden," December 16 at 11:00am CT; register at tinyurl.com/y4n4jtct.

For your entertainment:

From Jazz at Lincoln Center's new live concert experience Live from Dizzy's: Drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. performs tonight at 7:30pm. The suggested ticket price is $10; JALC members are free tinyurl.com/y6kdey7r.

Metropolitan Playhouse presents its next free "screened" reading, live-streamed at no charge, with talkback to follow: The Rector, by Rachel Crothers, November 14 at 8:00pm. Running time: 30 minutes. Go to www.metropolitanplayhouse.org. The video will be available through Wednesday, November 18, on the Playhouse webpage and YouTube channel.

Play-PerView will stream the drama Toni Stone, about the woman who starred in the Negro Baseball League in the 1950s. April Matthis, who create the role, stars. It streams through November 14: tinyurl.com/y2erskk9.

Tulsa Opera's "baseball Rigoletto" filmed before a live, in-person audience at local baseball stadium ONEOK Field, will premiere as a free, on-demand streaming experience for viewers around the world starting November 12 at 6:00pm. CT. This performance, which originally took place on Friday, October 9, was the first staged grand opera production in the United States since the coronavirus outbreak. The film will be available on www.youtube.com/user/TulsaOpera and at TulsaOpera.com.

For your pleasure:

Broadway's Lena Hall tales on The Cranberries' "Zombie:" tinyurl.com/y2yxd7mb.

That's all for today. Stay safe. -- DB.

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(12 November 2020)

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