Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – November 3
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 47,520,473 (9,574,004 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,214,104(237,068 in United States)
- Connecticut is rolling back its reopening from phase three to a modified phase two in an attempt to bring the virus under control. Under the new order, which takes effect Friday, restaurants will scale back indoor capacity to 50% from 75% and close indoor dining by 9:30 p.m.
- Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon will self-quarantine for up to two weeks because of possible Covid-19 exposure.
- Massachusetts announced new restrictions on businesses and individuals aimed at reducing the spread of the virus. Restaurants, bars, and gyms must close by 9:30 p.m. Face coverings are now mandatory in all public spaces even if social distancing is possible.
- Texas surpassed California as the state with the highest number of positive Covid-19 tests. According to the most recent data, Texas has 938,503 positive cases.
- New York City’s mayor said he is keeping “a very close eye” on rising Covid-19 cases as the percentage of positive tests reaches “worrisome levels,” but stated hospital capacity is under control. The city-wide positivity rate has hit 2.08%.
- Hong Kong will require travelers from any country except mainland China to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days upon arrival. The new measures goes into effect November 13, “and will remain until further notice.”
- The UK is set to launch its first city-wide mass testing starting Friday. All residents and workers in Liverpool, which has one of the highest infection rates in Britain, will be tested for Covid-19 regardless of whether they have symptoms.
- Israel has administered the first doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, BriLife, as the first phase of clinical trials begins at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv. The second phase is expected to start in December
- Italy is set to tighten Covid-19 restrictions, as infections and hospitalizations surge. The new measures will include a nighttime curfew and travel restrictions between the worst-hit regions.
- World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that he will self-quarantine after being “identified as a contact of someone” who tested positive for Covid-19.
- Wear a mask. There is no downside and projected deaths in the United States are considerably lower if the populace wears masks, according to several studies.
- You can download Interfor’s return to work guidelines here.
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