A dark milestone, threats in Arizona, a wedding super-spreader
THE BIG STORY
More than a quarter of a million people in the US have now died from COVID-19
The US had been approaching this mark for weeks now, and now it has arrived: 8 months into the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 has killed 250,000 people. It's a horrific milestone, passed as the country wades into another deadly wave of the pandemic with infections filling hospital beds to capacity in some cities.
The rising cases prompted some states to reinstate the restrictions of the spring, shutting down businesses and restaurants and limiting gatherings to slow the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Among people who test positive for COVID-19, death rates have been declining since the start of the pandemic, thanks to doctors getting better at treating the patients who are most sick.
But as hospitals across the country reach capacity, and as more healthcare workers get sick, there will be fewer resources available to help treat people.
There will be more than 250,000 empty seats at the table this Thanksgiving belonging to Americans who have died of COVID-19. BuzzFeed News
STAYING ON TOP OF THIS
Arizona's top election official said she's getting violent threats due to Trump's lies
As the state's chief election officer, Hobbs is in charge of overseeing and certifying the results of all elections in Arizona.
While the results have not yet been certified, multiple media outlets, including BuzzFeed News, have named Joe Biden the winner in the state. According to unofficial results, Biden won Arizona by a margin of more than 10,000 votes.
Hobbs said the threats are "utterly abhorrent, especially when directed at my family and my staff."
Schools in New York City are shutting down again because of the pandemic. The country's largest school system — with 1.1 million students — announced it would shut down in-person classes once more as the city's rate of infection continues to rise.
The Trump campaign is paying for a recount in Wisconsin — but only in areas with large Black populations. Trump's lawyers are asking for tens of thousands of ballots to be tossed out in a long-shot bid to flip Wisconsin. But even if it succeeds, Joe Biden would still win the election.
Managers at a Tyson pork plant placed bets on how many workers would get COVID-19, a lawsuit alleges. The family of Isidro Fernandez, a worker who died of COVID-19, filed the lawsuit alleging Tyson Foods downplayed the spread of the coronavirus among its workforce and incentivized employees to come in when they were sick.
An Ohio wedding had 83 guests. More than a third, including the newlyweds, got the coronavirus. The couple slashed their guest list from 200 people to 83, set tables 6 feet apart, and provided hand sanitizer to guests. Yet 32 people still tested positive for COVID-19 after the super-spreader wedding.
A judge has blocked the Trump administration from turning back unaccompanied minors at the border
Before the pandemic, unaccompanied children were sent to government-run shelters as they attempted to pursue their asylum cases. When the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration introduced a policy that gave federal agents unprecedented powers to close off access.
The government argued the policy was necessary to prevent the spread of the virus. Critics said the government was using public health orders as an excuse to violate federal laws that govern the processing of unaccompanied minors at the border.
It's been a flurry of good news on the coronavirus vaccine front. In case you missed it: first, pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced early results showing its vaccine was 90% effective. Then rival Moderna announced its own results — which it said showed its vaccine was 94.5% effective.