Daily Bread for 12.3.21: Wisconsin Sets Daily Record for COVID-19 Cases

Good morning.

Friday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 45.  Sunrise is 7:08 AM and sunset 4:21 PM for 9h 12m 14s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 0.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

  Whitewater’s annual Christmas parade, traveling along Main Street in the downtown and ending at Whitewater Street near Cravath Lakefront, begins at 6 PM.

 On this day in 1984, the Bhopal disaster‘s leak of a methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom later died from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.

 David Wahlberg writes Wisconsin reports more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases, daily record for 2021:

Wisconsin reported 5,097 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the highest daily total this year, as health officials said hospitals are again becoming overwhelmed, including with a record number of coronavirus patients needing ventilators to breathe.

As of Thursday, 698 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators in the state, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. That’s up from last year’s high of 638 in mid-November, before vaccines were approved, Timberlake said. The delta variant accounts for virtually all cases today, and hospitalized patients are younger and sicker than a year ago and require longer hospital stays, she said.

Wisconsin residents not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were nearly five times more likely to become infected, 11 times more likely to be hospitalized with the disease and more than 15 times more likely to die from it in October than those fully vaccinated, the health department said last month.

“We are overwhelmed,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, CEO of Prevea Health. On a recent day, the system’s hospital in Green Bay had to turn away 28 patients, including three with strokes, meaning many had to be transferred far from home, Rai said.

Quite the dissonance: local officials accentuate the positive, and yet hospitals keep filling up.

Meet the Challengers at This Year’s Rubik’s Cube World Cup:

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