Hospitalizations break records, Republicans undermine Biden's win, the clash in Arizona
THE BIG STORY
More Americans are in the hospital with COVID-19 than ever before
The US has been breaking COVID-19 records at a disquieting pace — just recently, the country hit 10 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The numbers keep rising in a third wave of the pandemic that began in September.
It's important to note here that it's only November. Experts such as Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are warning that a "hard winter" is ahead for the US.
An expert told us that overloaded hospitals are a cause for concern because of what they predict: "We have just seen everywhere that when cases overwhelm public health systems, overwhelm hospitals, that deaths are going to rise."
Quick zip around the country:
👉 In North Dakota, hospitals reached their patient limit. State health officials changed a rule to allow infected healthcare workers who don't have symptoms to continue working.
👉 In Des Moines, they're "caring for the most inpatient COVID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic."
👉 In Tulsa, Oklahoma, health officials said there were no more ICU beds available in the city.
Nurse Daniel Corral works with a COVID-19 patient at the El Paso LTAC Hospital, Nov. 6. Mark Lambie / Reuters
STAYING ON TOP OF THIS
Here's how Republicans are undermining Biden's election win
Democratic Senate candidates outraised Republicans across the country. Then Republicans won. Democrats officially lost another Senate race on Tuesday in North Carolina, leaving their path to controlling the Senate incredibly slim despite a huge financial advantage.
Trump's legal team was asked about a witness who reportedly recanted his election fraud story. Then there was a lot of silence. The witness, a USPS worker, reportedly signed an affidavit that his claims of election fraud were untrue.
Apple's new MacBooks run faster Apple chips and cost the same as the old ones. Apple finally put chips it designed itself into the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, and the Mac Mini. Here's why this milestone is important.
Ellen DeGeneres addressed staffers after digital employees were laid off amid the WarnerMedia restructuring. At least 17 people who worked for Ellen Digital Ventures, a digital extension of The Ellen DeGeneres Show responsible for Ellentube and other original video content, have been laid off.
TENSION IN THE AIR
The clash in Maricopa County
In Phoenix, Arizona, things got tense. On the street corner in front of Maricopa County's elections office Saturday afternoon, Trump supporters — some sporting red hats and some carrying guns — clashed with a group of young Latinos out to celebrate Biden's victory.
The intense, and at times vitriolic, shouting back and forth tells a bigger story. It captures the messy, exhausting, and often hostile reality of a country that has spent the past four years mired in mistrust and bigotry.
And while many are breathing a sigh of relief over what they see as America lurching itself out of a dark era, the discord that defined the Trump presidency is not so easily left behind.
Here's one: Ken Jennings, who in 2004 won 74 consecutive games of Jeopardy and earned more than $2.5 million, wrote, "Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family—which, in a way, included millions of us."
Pause to celebrate how resolute you've been in coping with this year,