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2020-11-19

Minister's Post, Fri Nov 20

My dear companions on our faith path,

These are our times.

What a difference five weeks makes. New Cases of, and deaths from, Covid-19 have shot up -- around the world, in the US, and in our Tri-State (NY, NJ, and CT). Take a look at the numbers below, comparing the week just ended with five weeks before.

Last week I wrote that, "If the growth rate of the last five weeks continues for one more week, then next week I'll be writing that we're seeing a 7-day average of about 160,000 new cases a day." In fact, the number of new cases in the US now averages over 165,000 per day over the last week.

NEW CASES: average per day over 7-day periods

 

Five weeks ago (Oct 8-14)

This week (Nov 12-18)

Percentage Increase

World

338,410

584,533

73%

USA

53,310

165,398

210%

NY+NJ+CT

2,727

10,368

280%

 

 

 

 

 

 DEATHS from Covid-19: average per day over 7-day periods

 

Five weeks ago (Oct 8-14)

This week (Nov 12-18)

Percentage Increase

World

5,207

9,290

78%

USA

726

1,267

75%

NY+NJ+CT

19

64

237%

 








In all, 1.36 million people have died from Covid-19 -- 258,000 of them in the US.

With the holidays approaching, let me plead: please be safe.

Yours,
Meredith

Practice of the Week

It's Thanksgiving! So the Practice of the Week this week is, of course: BE GRATEFUL. See the post, which includes David Steindl-Rast's beautiful TED Talk, "What to be happy? Be grateful" -- HERE.

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