1.5 million new coronavirus cases reported in the US

The surge in COVID-19 cases is being attributed to travel and gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday, and officials worry another surge is on the horizon with the December holiday season.
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All right, Eva, over to you. This week has America's deadliest since the pandemic began. ABC's Trevor Ault is outside a New York City hospital with more on the surge that continues across the country and the strain that it's putting on the nation's hospitals. Good morning, Trevor. Reporter: Well, good morning, Eva. This is the Thanksgiving surge just as officials feared. Over the past recorded 1.5 million new coronavirus cases. This is a record increase in viral spread from what were already record high numbers and it's very possible the holiday season is just going to get worse from here. This morning, America closing out another alarming week of record high cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Officials warning this is the Thanksgiving surge and the remaining holidays could tip us over the edge. One hospital administrator conveyed to me in a zoom call if we see a similar spike after Christmas, and these are his words, we will go under. Reporter: Right now los Angeles county is arguably the new epicen the virus with 1 in 80 people there infected. Across California a staggering 41,000 cases reported Friday alone with icus nearly full statewide. Icu capacity now down to 2.1% statewide. When it hits that 0% we'll be in that surge base. Reporter: But with almost 150 Americans testing positive E minute, the pandemic is raging nearly nationwide. The CDC saying by population, Tennessee has the worst infection rate in the country. These testing lines in floda snaking through a massive parking lot with hours-long wait times. Every death from here on in is just a total tragedy because it's entirely preventable. Reporter: Texas mother of four, Jennifer Mendoza, contracted the virus days after giving birth to baby Mayra and lost her fight on her 34th birthday. Her kids were everythto her. To her last moment she kept fighting for them. Reporter: 114,000 Americans now fighting coronavirus in the hospital, the U.S. Breaking its own record 12 days in a row. Louisiana's hospitalizations at its highest level since the spring and in North Carolina, this couple, married 61 years, died minutes apart holding hands in adjacent hospital beds. You always have thoughts about losing a parent, you know, you dread that day an here we are. We lost both of them. Reporter: The virus is now killing more Americans than ever before. 18,000 in the past week. It's a killing machine is wh it is. If it finds the right victim. Reporter: The family of Dallas native biy Laredo mourning his passing, the 45-year-old had been intubated in the hospital unable to speak. He wrote a note to his wife Sonia from what would become his deathbed. We had our time and it was wonderful. I love you and I miss you very much and I will keep fighting. Love, Billy. I think he was trying to give me permission to be happy without him. Reporter: Now there are some states seeing positive pments and rolling back some of their restrictions. Rhode Island businesses that have been closed for three weeks can go to 50% capacity on Monday. And Michigan is allowing some high schools and entertainment venues to re-open.

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