COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the US

There have been nearly 1 million cases recorded during the month of October, with no signs of slowing as hospitalizations climb in 42 states.
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Of course, one of the issues for the debate will be the handling of coronavirus in this country, particularly as we see these alarming numbers with the colder weather here and Americans going indoors. Nearly 1 million new cases in the U.S. Just since the start of this month. Hospitalizations on the rise in 42 states now and a new CDC study finding hospitalized patients with covid are five times more likely to die compared to hospitalized patients with the flu. Tonight, those 42 states with hospitalizations on the rise right there on the map. And more than 20,000 lives have now been lost. Hospitals in El Paso stressed to the limits. And in Billings, Montana, they are running out of space. Also tonight, the CDC guy dance on traveling from subways to trains to planes, including ridesharing services, as well. And here's our chief national correspondent Matt Gutman again tonight. Reporter: The nurses call this grand central station. It's one of the busiest covid wards in the country. People our age? Oh, yes. Reporter: For seven months Hidalgo has worked the ward, patients now sicker than ever. They're coming in sicker? By far, by far. At first, at the beginning, we thought we were seeing the worst of it. But now being where we're at at this point, oh, no, they're sick, they're having trouble breathing. Reporter: And more are lines for testing getting longer nationwide, including here in el Paso. The line begins about a mile in that direction. It snakes around this parking lot before finally ending up at that testing tent four hours later. Since October nearly a million new cases across this country, 400,000 in just the past week. And hospitalizations are now climbing in 42 states. Daily deaths in 17 states. Hospitals like this one in Billings, Montana, running out of space. They had to move a husband and wife into the same room, putting each on ventilators. The couple's adult children only able to see them through this window. In Utah, nurses are seeing patients all alone. We have patients who are dying alone, with the only people at their bedside is their clinical teams, because they can't have family in. Reporter: But that personal touch comes with an emotional price tag. Our emotions get to us. Sorry. It's just hard to see. Reporter: In Oklahoma, 46-year-old Leslie tanion got the virus in June but barely felt the symptoms. But after testing negative, two months later she got it again. I couldn't get my oxygen up. It was going down so fast to where I started passing out. It feels like your head is going to explode, because it gets so much pressure. And Matt Gutman with us again tonight from Texas. And Matt, I know there also new guidance from the CDC for travel. Reporter: That's right, David. The CDC says it's no mystery that the virus has spread through interstate and international travel. That is why they are strongly recommending anybody on planes, trains, subways, taxis, as you mentioned, to wear a mask. May say these are simply proven to be effective. David? All right, Matt Gutman with us again tonight. Matt, thank you.

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