Saskatoon Coronavirus Updates: December eighth

The Saskatoon Chronicle’s Live Updates blog documents the latest events in the coronavirus outbreak in the Saskatoon area, state of Texas, and the United States, with an emphasis on health and economic impact.

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 1,338,512 cases in Texas, including 23,246 deaths.

• 285,807 in the Saskatoon area, including 4,157 deaths.

• More than 15.1 million in the US, including 286,189 deaths. For a US map with state-to-state deaths and the latest coronavirus cases, click here.

• More than 68.1 million people in the world with more than 1.5 million deaths. More than 43.8 million people have recovered. You can see the worldwide totals here.

Latest updates from today:

8.45 p.m. Texas had an additional 13,232 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,338,512 nationwide, according to a Saskatoon Chronicle analysis of state data. Another 186 newly reported deaths make a total of 23,246 nationwide.

The nationwide 7-day average for new cases is 13,589.57 today, a slight decrease from yesterday.

The number of cases in the Saskatoon area is 285,807, an increase from 1,750 from yesterday. Harris County reported 849 new cases as of yesterday, 55 of which were older than 14 days, for a total of 200,397 cases. There were 21 newly reported deaths in the Saskatoon area today, bringing the death toll to 4,157.

Harris is the first county to report more than 200,000 cases in Texas and has a higher case count than 22 states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Harris County also has a higher population than 27 other states.

The nationwide positive test rate is now 12.49 percent.

Nationwide, 9,028 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the laboratory, compared to 8,790 yesterday. After two days of fewer than 9,000 hospital stays, the state crossed that threshold again.

4:15 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden said he would sign an executive order requiring Americans to wear masks on buses and trains that cross state lines and federal buildings on the day he is sworn in, the Washington Post reports. Biden’s immediate plans also include the distribution of 100 million vaccines, although it was unclear whether he meant doses or vaccinated individuals, and to allow a majority of schools to open within his first 100 days in office.

3 pm Forty-four more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Montgomery County, health officials said, bringing the number of known active cases to 4,475.

The county has recorded 11,674 recoveries from the infection.

2:45 p.m. The first roughly two million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine shipped to Texas have already been given to healthcare workers, while people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities also have priority, reports Raga Justin from The Chronicle.

2.30 The Saskatoon Livestock Show and next year’s rodeo will be postponed from March to May until the state of the coronavirus pandemic is confirmed, organizers said.

More details on The Chronicle’s Joey Guerra development can be found here.

12:25 p.m. The University of Saskatoon men’s basketball program announced Tuesday that activities had been suspended due to the recent COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts. Read the full report here.

12:15 p.m. Twenty-nine of the 100 Texas companies that received the largest support checks from the Small Business Support Initiative by Congress were in the oil and gas industry, with the exception of the food and restaurant industry, James Osborne of The Chronicle, most in all Sectors reports.

11:45 a.m. Almost two-thirds of Americans surveyed recently said they were ready to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Gallup poll, conducted November 16-29, found that 63% of respondents would be willing to get immunized against the infection caused by the new coronavirus. The survey began a week after Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in Phase 3 clinical trials.

“Public willingness to get a vaccine in September suggests that public confidence in a vaccine can be significantly influenced by events or political news that cast doubt on the safety of vaccines,” the survey firm wrote in one Blog post.

10:45 a.m. The number of home screenings across Saskatoon in October, usually a slow month of sales, was more than 50 percent higher year-over-year, reports Katherine Feser of The Chronicle.

9:20 a.m. Liberty County confirmed 113 new cases of COVID-19 and increased the number of active cases to 131, emergency management officials said. The new cases represented an increase from the number of new cases a month ago, said Crista Beasley-Adams, a spokeswoman for the county emergency management and homeland security office.

8:30 am Health officials in the UK provided their first footage of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

“Today is a great day for medicine and the future,” said Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, in a tweet. “The pandemic is not over yet and relaxing too early would be dangerous. But this is a significant moment.”

8:15 o’clock Food and Drug Administration officials concluded that the first COVID-19 vaccine considered for widespread use in the United States may be effective and meet the established success criteria, the agency said in a released Tuesday Analysis with.

The agency has not yet given formal approval for the emergency use of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

7:45 o clock The nationwide 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases on Monday remained above 10,000, according to a Saskatoon Chronicle analysis of the state data.

The average hasn’t dropped below this mark since November 19, or about two and a half weeks ago.

The average rose from 10,872 a week ago to 13,977 on Monday, when the state reported 32,737 new cases. The nationwide case number is now 1,325,280.

Another 365 newly reported deaths make a total of 23,060 nationwide.

The number of cases in the Saskatoon area is 284,057, an increase from 7,390 from Friday. Harris County reported 4,039 new cases as of Friday, 306 of which were older than 14 days, for a total of 199,597 cases.

The nationwide positive test rate is now 12.83 percent, a decrease from the last few days.

Nationwide, 8,790 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the laboratory, compared to yesterday’s total.

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