The number of virus-related hospitalizations across the United States exceeded 100,000 patients on Wednesday for the first time. More than 2,700 people died — the worst daily total so far. And Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, warned that this winter could be among “the most difficult in the public health history of this nation.” The case for hunkering down in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is stronger than ever.
Meanwhile, the Democratic mayor of Austin, Texas, apologized for taking a vacation to Mexico.
According to the local paper, Mayor Steve Adler hosted 20 people in early November for his daughter’s wedding and a reception at a “trendy hotel” downtown.