TL;DR: As the nation anxiously waits for the results of the presidential election, Pennsylvania on Tuesday reported the state’s biggest one-day increase in cases, and New Jersey followed today with its highest one-day total since early May. “The numbers are rising and we in infectious disease and public health are trembling,” said William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Also, a new Rutgers University study shows Black and Latino hospital workers were twice as likely as white workers to become infected with the coronavirus.

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🗳️ Americans turned out to vote Tuesday, and precautions like mask wearing and social distancing were encouraged. But infectious-disease experts warned that if voters spent too long indoors as they waited to cast ballots, Election Day could fuel further spread.

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🏒 Montgomery County officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak among ice hockey players that led to 23 cases across eight teams, including five junior teams.

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🦃 Montgomery County has provided guidance on low, moderate and high risk activities this Thanksgiving, as families contemplate how to safely celebrate the holiday.

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As the nation anxiously waits for the results of the presidential election, Pennsylvania on Tuesday reported the state’s biggest one-day increase in cases, and New Jersey followed today with its highest one-day total since early May. While there are people meticulously wearing masks and social distancing, others seem to be experiencing pandemic fatigue. “The numbers are rising and we in infectious disease and public health are trembling,” said William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Black and Latino hospital workers were twice as likely as white workers to become infected with the coronavirus, according to a new Rutgers University study. Earlier in the pandemic, the report authors said, hospital support staff, which included more Black and Latino workers, may have had less access to personal protective equipment. “These health care worker heroes aren’t the ones that get the press,” said Reynold A. Panettieri Jr., one of the study authors and a professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “But truth be told, they were really frontline individuals who made a difference and may have suffered the consequences.”

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