BREAKING NEWS Off-duty Boswell Town Marshal dies in single-vehicle crash Full Story
SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

US officials report 3,500 new Covid-19 deaths, a daily record for the coronavirus pandemic

Wednesday brought more bad and good news as the US endures the 10th month of the...

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 11:47 AM
Updated: Dec 17, 2020 3:45 AM

Wednesday brought more bad and good news as the US endures the 10th month of the coronavirus pandemic.

There was a trio of all-time highs in the data. A record number of new deaths -- more than 3,500 -- was reported Wednesday and there were more than 240,000 newly reported coronavirus cases. And the number of people in hospitals was at a high for the 11th day in a row.

The daunting numbers come on a day more people were vaccinated and we learned there is some evidence more doses of the vaccine can be derived from one vial than originally thought.

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is shipped with five doses in each vial. But some pharmacists have found they can get six and possibly even seven doses from each one.

'FDA is aware of the issue and working with Pfizer to determine the best path forward, and will share additional updates as we have them,' an FDA spokeswoman told CNN.

She said the FDA says it is acceptable to squeeze additional doses out of leftover solution, 'pending resolution of the issue.'

Right now hospital officials are vaccinating high-risk health care workers, and drug store chains CVS and Walgreens are helping to get shots to long-term care resident or staff members.

In Pompano Beach, an 88-year-old resident at a long-term care facility was administered the vaccine as Florida became one of the first states to inoculate the most vulnerable residents.

About 20 million people are expected to get their first shots by the end of this month. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said officials will soon provide a dashboard with the number of Covid-19 vaccinations completed, 'so we know exactly how we're doing on getting shots in arms.'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday began to publish on its website the number of Pfizer vaccines allocated to each state. So far 2,980,575 doses of the vaccine have been allocated for delivery; another 2,943,525 are on hold for shipment when people need their second shots in three weeks.

Hospitalization record broken again

The United States has averaged more than 200,000 new coronavirus cases every day. And the US set another hospitalization record Wednesday: 113,069 patients nationwide, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Just on Wednesday, California reported 41,081 cases -- the most recorded by the state in a single day to date -- as well as 12,630 cases from 'several prior days' due to the implementation of an auto-processing feature, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

California is one of 14 states where the seven-day average of new cases is at least 10% higher than the average was a week ago.

Vaccinations will ultimately change the country's grim trajectory, but not for a few months, experts have said. Until then, experts say people should wear masks, avoid crowded indoor spaces and try to protect each other during this holiday season.

'What people need to know is, we are still at a dangerous and critical part of this pandemic, and tens of thousands of American lives are at stake, really, every week, and we can flatten the curve,' Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, told CNN's John Berman.

A green light for a second Covid-19 vaccine in the US could be just days away and would bring 20 million more doses by the end of the month.

Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisers plan to meet Thursday to discuss Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine emergency use authorization. In expectation that the FDA will give the OK, vaccine advisers to the CDC also scheduled meetings for Saturday and Sunday to discuss Moderna's vaccine candidate and talk about next phases of distribution.

Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, which is very similar to Pfizer's already authorized one, appears to be 'very promising,' said Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's vaccine advisory group.

'It looks to be roughly 95% effective at preventing disease, including 100% effective at severe disease, about 95% effective in preventing disease in people who are over 65, across different ethnic backgrounds, racial backgrounds,' Offit told CNN.

Remaining hospital bed numbers are shrinking

The devastating numbers prove the pandemic is still far from over -- and the virus is running rampant within many American communities. Strained hospitals across the country continue to see a surge of patients and their available bed numbers dwindle.

Los Angeles County reported fewer than 100 intensive care unit beds remaining, an alarming new low for the nation's most populous county.

'Even with a dramatic effort, we are still in for a very rough few weeks at least, and potentially through January,' said Dr. Christina Ghaly, the county health services director, attributing the surge to residents gathering over the Thanksgiving holiday despite repeated pleas to stay home.

'Our hospitals are under siege and our model shows no end in sight,' said Ghaly.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, 'the hospitalization rate is not good,' as the city reported about 2.89 hospitalizations per 100,000 people (officials want this number to be under 2).

He said hospitalization numbers are an 'indicator of the bigger problem we're still facing and we're going to be fighting for weeks now.'

The numbers across the country could grow even higher if Americans opt to travel and gather unsafely for the upcoming holidays. Experts have for weeks warned against traditional celebrations to avoid further spread of the virus, which could in turn lead to another surge of cases.

Governors across the Northeast and Midwest issued a video encouraging Americans to 'double down' on safety measures like masks and social distancing during the holiday season and to reconsider travel plans.

'This may be the most difficult time yet in our struggle with Covid-19, especially with the holidays approaching. Until the vaccine is available to everyone and until we eradicate this virus once and for all, we must continue working to protect one another,' the governors of Kentucky and Illinois said in a video message.

'If you're planning to travel or gather with other households for the holidays, we urge you to reconsider,' Ohio's governor added.

Health care worker has adverse reaction to vaccine

While the vast majority of vaccines have been administered without issue, Alaska officials confirmed that a health worker suffered an allergic reaction to Pfizer's vaccine on Tuesday.

Doctors treated the worker, a middle-aged woman, and said she is in stable condition. She had no known history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines, doctors said.

Last week, two health care workers in the United Kingdom with histories of allergic reactions developed symptoms of anaphylactoid reaction after getting the Pfizer vaccine. UK health authorities later recommended that people with histories of allergic reactions should not get the Pfizer vaccine.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that adverse reactions to any vaccine can be expected when it expands beyond a clinical trial.

'Once you decide to dispense the vaccine widely, you're talking about millions and tens of millions and ultimately hundreds of millions of doses,' said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 'So you may see reactions that you didn't see in the clinical trial.'

The Alaska worker felt flushed within 10 minutes of receiving the vaccine, and later reported symptoms including shortness of breath and elevated heart rate.

According to Dr. Lindy Jones, an attending physician at Bartlett Memorial Hospital in Juneau where the worker was treated, she was held in the vaccine monitoring area immediately after receiving the shot and took Benadryl. After she reported shortness of breath, she was taken to the emergency room.

When Jones saw her in the hospital, she was experiencing shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate, and had developed a rash covering her face and torso, he said.

Jones told a news conference he gave her epinephrine, to which she 'responded immediately.'

Over the course of the night, symptoms reemerged, but the health care worker responded to an epinephrine drip and steroids. By early in the morning the worker was weaned off epinephrine and has remained stable since then.

Offit, of the FDA's vaccine advisory committee, said health officials will need to look into the case further.

'About one out of every million people that get a vaccine can have a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine,' Offit said. 'What we need to find out is what specifically seems to be inducing this allergic reaction.'

Lafayette
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 56°
Kokomo
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 56°
Rensselaer
Mostly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 40°
Lafayette
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 56°
Danville
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 53°
Frankfort
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 55°
Frankfort
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 55°
Monticello
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 42°
Monticello
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 42°
Logansport
Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 52°
March coming in like a lamb Monday...
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

WLFI is promoting fire safety with FREE smoke detectors

 WLFI and several local fire departments are helping with your fire safety this winter. CLICK HERE. 

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 660942

Reported Deaths: 12556
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion905601638
Lake48352874
Allen35762635
Hamilton32026396
St. Joseph29865511
Elkhart25350414
Vanderburgh21225377
Tippecanoe19977200
Johnson16319356
Porter15938269
Hendricks15801300
Clark11928180
Madison11730316
Vigo11578229
Monroe10312161
Delaware9830179
LaPorte9755196
Howard9047196
Kosciusko8549109
Bartholomew7440147
Warrick7403150
Hancock7394130
Floyd7189169
Wayne6630191
Grant6422157
Morgan6075125
Boone607288
Dubois5895111
Dearborn546866
Cass543399
Henry541793
Marshall5417104
Noble508578
Jackson464366
Shelby460190
Lawrence4179111
Gibson400881
Harrison398763
Clinton395053
Montgomery386283
DeKalb384678
Miami356763
Knox356485
Whitley348936
Huntington342376
Steuben337855
Wabash330876
Putnam329459
Ripley326861
Adams322549
Jasper315443
White297252
Jefferson294473
Daviess285396
Fayette271456
Decatur270488
Greene261280
Posey260531
Wells257674
Scott249950
Clay240844
LaGrange240770
Randolph225576
Spencer217030
Jennings214744
Washington210427
Sullivan203139
Fountain201142
Starke187951
Owen181953
Fulton178237
Jay177628
Carroll176418
Perry173235
Orange171150
Rush164322
Vermillion160242
Franklin159335
Tipton146141
Parke138815
Pike127432
Blackford120627
Pulaski106444
Newton96531
Brown94939
Benton91813
Crawford90313
Martin80014
Warren75513
Switzerland7537
Union67110
Ohio53211
Unassigned0431

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events