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Summer wave of dementia deaths adds thousands to pandemic’s deadly toll – POLITICO

“There’s something going on and it needs to be sorted out,” Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics at the CDC, said.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CDC has carefully tracked trends for various diseases associated with the pandemic. In a typical year, the agency expects approximately 4,500 dementia deaths per week. But in recent weeks, that figure has been closer to 5,500 and experts can’t be sure what is causing the 1,000 excess deaths per week.
Many of these dementia deaths could in fact be undiagnosed Covid-19 deaths, especially during the spring when testing was sparse. But public health experts …

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Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 119,597; Death toll now at 6,700 – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 119,597 as of Thursday, including 6,700 deaths, state officials report.

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 119,597 as of Thursday, including 6,700 deaths, state officials report.
Thursdays update represents 982 new cases and eight additional deaths. On Wednesday, the state totals were 118,615 cases and 6,692 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases and deaths remain flat in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 30,000 per day, with the positive rate just above 3 percent over the last 10 days. The st…

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COVID-19 mutation may be evolving to bypass mask-wearing, hand-washing – New York Post

Scientists in a paper published Wednesday identified a new strain of the virus, which accounted for 99.9 percent of cases during the second wave in the Houston, Texas area.

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A new COVID-19 mutation appears to be even more contagious, according to a study — and experts say it could be a response by the virus to defeat masks and other social-distancing efforts.
Scientists in a paper published Wednesday identified a new strain of the virus, which accounted for 99.9 percent of cases during the second wave in the Houston, Texas, area, the Washington Post reported.
The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, said people with the strain, known as the D614G mutation, had…

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National Guard being brought in to Westmoreland Manor amid rise in COVID-19 cases – WTAE Pittsburgh

Westmoreland County commissioners released new information Thursday, saying there are now 47 positive COVID-19 tests among the 336 residents at Westmoreland Manor.

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GREENSBURG, Pa. —UPDATE: Westmoreland County commissioners have decided to bring in the National Guard to assist at Westmoreland Manor.
The role of the Guard will be to take over testing at the county-operated nursing facility, allowing management to return to normal duties.
Commissioners met with Excela Health and the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program about the issue on Thursday.
Of the 59 total cases at Westmoreland Manor, commissioners say most patients are currently asymptoma…

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