INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
Experimental COVID-19 treatment given to Trump gets FDA authorization
The experimental treatment given to President Donald Trump while he was hospitalized with COVID-19 has been given emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA said the authorization was issued to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Saturday.
The antibody therapy from Regeneron may be effective in treating patients with mild or moderate COVID-19. It's two drug products, called casirivimab and imdevimab, that are injected together through intravenous (IV) infusion.
Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19
Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's oldest son, said he has been "totally asymptomatic" after learning he tested positive for coronavirus this week.
"No symptoms, nothing, so it's a little bit odd. Maybe it's a false positive, maybe not, but I'll follow the protocols," Trump Jr. explained in a Facebook video.
His spokesman confirmed Friday night that Don Jr. tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result.
US passes 12 million COVID-19 cases
More than 12 million cases of the coronavirus have now been reported in the United States.
For the second week in a row, it took just six days for the U.S. to tally another million cases.
The virus has now killed more than 255,000 people in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins.
Tippecanoe County reaches 10 percent positivity rate
The Tippecanoe Health Department reports that the county has reached a 10.2 percent positivity rate of COVID-19 tests.
Because of this, the health department has issued several measures in addition to Governor Holcomb's executive order starting Tuesday, Nov. 24:
- Retail businesses will be limited to 75 percent capacity.
- Cultural, entertainment and tourism venues will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
- Gyms and fitness centers will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
- Senior day centers will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
- Restaurants will be limited to 50 percent indoor capacity. (Outdoor capacity of 100 percent of available seating is permitted if social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained and tents must have two open sides.)
- Bars will be limited to 25 percent indoor capacity. (Outdoor capacity permitted with same requirements as restaurants.)
The measures will stay in effect until the county’s 7-day all tests percent positivity drops below 10 percent for 14 days.
Indiana confirms 6,983 cases, 40 new deaths
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 40 additional deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the number of Hoosiers who died to 4,992.
The deaths reported Saturday occurred between Tuesday and Friday.
Another 254 probable deaths have been reported based on diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.
ISDH reported 6,983 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of positive tests among unique individuals recorded since early March to 289,183.
ACC announces Clemson-Florida St. game postponed
Coronavirus was not explicitly mentioned in the announcement by the Atlantic Coast Conference this morning that today's Clemson-Florida State game would not be played at noon, as scheduled.
The conference said that both teams' medical personnel could not "mutually agree on moving forward with the game." Still, FSU and Clemson continue to follow health protocols as set by the conference, it continued.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was expected to make a return to play following a positive COVID-19 test that caused him to miss games against Boston College and Notre Dame, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
A new time has not yet been announced.
"Our first priority is the health of our student-athletes, and I appreciate the protocols that have been put in place by FSU and the ACC to ensure everyone’s health while allowing us to play this season," Floriday St. Head Coach Mike Norvell said in a prepared statement. "It’s unfortunate that we will not have the opportunity to compete today, but we hope to be able to play Clemson in December.
US daily COVID-19 deaths reach highest level since May
The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since spring in and around New York City.
The overall U.S. death toll has reached about 254,000, by far the most in the world. Confirmed infections have eclipsed more than 11.8 million, after the biggest one-day gain on record Thursday — almost 188,000. And the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 hit another all-time high at more than 80,000.
With health experts deeply afraid Thanksgiving travel and holiday gatherings next week will fuel the spread of the virus, many states and cities are imposing near-lockdowns or other restrictions. California ordered a 10 p.m.-to 5-a.m. curfew starting Saturday, covering 94% of the state’s 40 million residents.
Gov. Holcomb tests negative for COVID-19 after exposure
Indiana’s governor and his wife have tested negative for COVID-19 after several members of his security detail were confirmed infected with the coronavirus earlier this week.
Gov. Eric Holcomb's office said Friday that he and first lady Janet Holcomb have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms but will continue a two-week quarantine until Dec. 1.
The Holcombs underwent tests after beginning their quarantine on Tuesday. Holcomb also tested negative for COVID-19 last month after State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box announced she and some family members were infected.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 11.91 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 6 a.m. ET Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 254.4 deaths and 4.45 million people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been more than 57.6 million confirmed cases with more than 1.37 million deaths and 36.9 million recoveries.
The real number of people infected by the virus around the world is believed to be much higher — perhaps 10 times higher in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — given testing limitations and the many mild cases that have gone unreported or unrecognized.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness like pneumonia, or death.
Indiana sees more COVID-19 patients in ICUs than ever before
State health officials say more COVID-19 patients were being treated in Indiana’s intensive care units on Thursday than at any other point in the pandemic. The Indiana State Department of Health said in its daily statistics update Friday that Indiana hospitals were treating 3,077 COVID-19 patients as of Thursday.
That's a 277% increase since late September, when Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted nearly all business and crowd size restrictions. And now more of Indiana’s ICU beds are filled with COVID-19 patients than at any other point in the pandemic.
More than 78% of Indiana’s ICU beds are in use, leaving 2,153 beds available as of Thursday.