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COVID-19 Update, November 24, 2020: Make or Break

Vaccines are coming, maybe sooner than we think, but the holiday season kicks off this week; will millions of travelers worsen an already dire pandemic? Are we looking at a decisive moment, for better or worse? Fasten those seatbelts and pray that people wear their masks.

The latest:

The number of people in the US hospitalized with COVID-19 hits 85,700, a new high: tinyurl.com/y359acsl.

With pandemic fatigue and the desire for holiday gatherings in direct conflict with experts' pleas for cautions, Thanksgiving looms as a make-or-break moment in the pandemic: tinyurl.com/y4ykrpgr. Cities and states across the country scramble to control the spread of the coronavirus: tinyurl.com/y3arf8k5. Crowded airports reveal that millions of Americans are bent on traveling for the holiday: tinyurl.com/yx9vwzjb.

Food for thought:

How an early mutation in the coronavirus made the pandemic harder to stop: tinyurl.com/y24geerb.

China and Russia advance their national causes through vaccine diplomacy: tinyurl.com/yyf5whpp.

Surveys show an alarmingly low level of trust in vaccines in the Black and Latino communities: tinyurl.com/y6ct9o26.

Contrary to what many think, a new study from the University of Utah finds that mask mandates boost the economy, largely because they make shoppers feel safer: tinyurl.com/y3btj9op.

Around the country:

In the District of Columbia:

New restrictions are imposed on gatherings and restaurants: tinyurl.com/yyylstjl.

In Florida:

The states adds 6,331 confirmed cases of COVID-19; the death toll hits 18,000: tinyurl.com/y6cmjn24.

In Maryland:

The state records 1,667 new cases, the most since mid-June: tinyurl.com/yyt5gsds.

Multiple members of the Baltimore Ravens test positive; the team's facility is closed and its Thanksgiving Day game against the Philadelphia Steelers is up in the air: tinyurl.com/y4zjrelh.

In Massachusetts:

The Massachusetts High Technology Council urges federal, state, and local governments to expand COVID-19 testing capacity: tinyurl.com/y5a3euus.

Public school enrollment plummets in the state, thanks to the pandemic: tinyurl.com/y63qf89l.

In Missouri:

KU Hospital now has 100 COVID-19 patients. "Right now, we're on fire," said Steve Stites, chief medical officer. "There's only one way to put out that fire, and that's to follow the rules." tinyurl.com/y6fh42ue.

In Nevada:

The state adds another 2,300 COVID-19 cases: tinyurl.com/y4mqkkee.

Most Clark County public buildings will close during the state's pandemic pause: tinyurl.com/y429gk4y.

In New York:

The city slaps a $15,000 fine on the Hasidic synagogue that held a wedding attended by thousands: tinyurl.com/y5msdjna.

A Queens sex club is shut down for breaking coronavirus restrictions: tinyurl.com/y2qnh6nn.

In Ohio:

The state records 11,885 new cases, a pandemic high that may be due in part to a backlog issue: tinyurl.com/y2uu47d2.

Several members of the NHL team the Columbus Blue Jackets test positive for COVID-19: tinyurl.com/yy3dnav7.

In Virginia:

The state records, 3,242 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number since the pandemic started; it is due in part to a backlog being accounted for: tinyurl.com/y2bvj4yk.

In Australia:

A revival of the musical Pippin signals the return of live theatre to Sydney: tinyurl.com/y2y7pedq.

The forthcoming Sydney production of the musical Frozen gets authorization to play to an 85% capacity audience: tinyurl.com/y3tc8o66.

In Italy:

The Pope has some sharp words for anti-maskers: tinyurl.com/y3ggbt49.

In Mexico:

The country adds 9,000 COVID-19 cases on Sunday: tinyurl.com/yxmdjv7s.

For your entertainment:

The Metropolitan Opera streaming service focuses on family dramas this week: tinyurl.com/yxvshnky.

For your pleasure:

Cast members for the long-run hit musical Avenue Q, repurpose the show's closer "For Now," with an inspiring message for our time: tinyurl.com/y3265ofy.

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Previous LSA COVID-19 Updates: plasa.me/lsacovid19resources.

(24 November 2020)

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