Almost 11,000 this morning as a matter of fact
North Carolina has at least 3,031 reported cases of the coronavirus as of this morning, and 48 people have died, according to state and county health departments.
The number of reported cases in North Carolina doubled in six days, hitting the 3,000 mark Monday evening. But the total number of cases is likely higher, experts say.
Reported US coronavirus cases via @CNN:— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) April 7, 2020
Feb. 6: 12
Mar. 6: 332
April 6: 367,507
Reported US coronavirus deaths via @CNN:— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) April 7, 2020
Feb. 6: 0
Mar. 6: 17
April 6: 10,908
Coronavirus cases per 100,000 by state via @CNN:— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) April 7, 2020
678 – New York
463 – New Jersey
320 – Louisiana
201 – Massachusetts
194 – Connecticut
172 – Michigan
155 – Washington, D.C.
110 – Washington state
103 – Pennsylvania
102 – Rhode Island
97 – Illinois
90 – Colorado
87 – Vermont
We should keep in mind that the death toll here in the US is undercounted:
A coroner in Indiana wanted to know if the coronavirus had killed a man in early March, but said that her health department denied a test. Paramedics in New York City say that many patients who died at home were never tested for the coronavirus, even if they showed telltale signs of infection.
In Virginia, a funeral director prepared the remains of three people after health workers cautioned her that they each had tested positive for the coronavirus. But only one of the three had the virus noted on the death certificate.
Across the United States, even as coronavirus deaths are being recorded in terrifying numbers — many hundreds each day — the true death toll is likely much higher.
More than 9,400 people with the coronavirus have been reported to have died in this country as of this weekend, but hospital officials, doctors, public health experts and medical examiners say that official counts have failed to capture the true number of Americans dying in this pandemic. The undercount is a result of inconsistent protocols, limited resources and a patchwork of decision making from one state or county to the next.
In many rural areas, coroners say they don’t have the tests they need to detect the disease. Doctors now believe that some deaths in February and early March, before the coronavirus reached epidemic levels in the United States, were likely misidentified as influenza or only described as pneumonia.
With no uniform system for reporting coronavirus-related deaths in the United States, and a continued shortage of tests, some states and counties have improvised, obfuscated and, at times, backtracked in counting the dead.
Wisconsin, amazingly, is having primaries today. Yesterday was a day of maximal chaos in Wisconsin as two conservative courts insisted today’s election go forward and limited absentee voting, moves that threaten to prevent countless voters from participating and render the results illegitimate.
Yesterday afternoon, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order postponing the election—which includes a presidential primary and races for state and local office—to June 9. Republicans, however, have bitterly opposed such a delay and immediately challenged the order before the state Supreme Court. Hours later, the court’s four conservatives who heard the case blocked Evers’ order, with both liberal justices dissenting. As a result, the state was left with no choice but to proceed with in-person voting today, despite the serious risks to public health and a crippled elections infrastructure.
Not long thereafter, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an order made last Thursday by a lower court, which said that voters could cast absentee ballots so long as election officials received them by April 13, regardless of when they were postmarked. In a 5-4 ruling—which, like the Wisconsin high court’s decision, fell along strictly ideological lines—the court’s conservatives ruled that all ballots must be postmarked by April 7.
This means that those who have the misfortune to receive their ballots late—a distinct possibility for many, given the huge surge in requests—now face an impossible choice, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in a dissent: They must either risk their health by voting in person today, or disenfranchise themselves by not voting at all. The same holds true for anyone who was unable to request a ballot, as well as the many groups of voters who cannot vote by mail, such as those who are without housing.
This video of Wisconsin Speaker Republican Robin Vos defending holding the election – while he is wearing full mandatory PPE and a face mask – is remarkable.— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) April 7, 2020
"It made no sense to cancel the election….you are incredibly safe to go out."https://t.co/PrDL6OBSTz pic.twitter.com/qEEmuk8Xk1
In other COVID news, Steak-umms nails it. Yes… Steak-umms.
/2— West Wing Reports (edited by Paul Brandus) (@WestWingReport) April 8, 2020
1) U.S. deaths from #coronavirus – in just a few weeks – are about 1/5 of the nine-year Vietnam War
2) 1/3 of Korean War
3) nearly 2x as much as Iraq and Afghanistan combined
4) 2x the combined Union death tolls of Civil War battles of Antietam and Gettysburg