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Total coronavirus cases:

• 1,126,008 cases in Texas, including 20,673 deaths.

• 247,604 in the Houston region, including 3,942 deaths.

• More than 12.2 million in the U.S., including 256,798 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 58.7 million in the world, with more than 1.3 million deaths. More than 37.5 million people have recovered. You can view the worldwide totals here.

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Latest updates from today:

10:04 a.m.

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and fellow Democrats, Veronica Escobar, of El Paso, and Jason Crow, of Aurora, Colo., are seeking to halt transfers of people between Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities and other federal, state and local prisons to prevent the spread of COVID, according to a news release.

The Houston lawmaker announced their bill, the End Transfers of Detained Immigrants Act, is aimed at slowing transmission of COVID-19, is backed by 63 immigrant rights groups,

The news release says 20,000 immigrants in detention centers and prisons across the country have tested positive for the disease.

“In the middle of the pandemic, the Trump Administration should be concerned with crushing this virus, expanding our testing capabilities, and keeping everyone safe,” said Garcia. “Instead, the Trump Administration has been preoccupied with transferring detainees to and from ICE facilities that are unable to prevent the further spread COVID-19. These actions are putting migrants in harm’s way of this deadly virus.”

The first draft of the bill can be viewed here.

9:41 a.m.

Thanksgiving can be salvaged if you majorly downsize your expectations, experts tell Lisa Gray.

Mindful of CDC guidelines, Isabel Valdez, an assistant professor of general internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, shared pointers on how to pull off Thanksgiving dinner with anyone outside of your bubble. Suffice to say, it’s not “the more the merrier.”

Valdez offered 16 nitty gritty guidelines, including a universal party tip that’s especially pertinent during a pandemic: Keep your eye on your drink glass, and make sure no one else accidentally takes a sip.

9:10 a.m.

In a stroke of good news, the global pandemic has cleared the way for new construction projects in Willis ISD,  Meagan Ellsworth reports.

The Montgomery County school district included the projects on its $100.15 million bond package approved in the November election, requesting  a$22 million pre-k center, over $55 million in facility improvements, elementary gym additions at four elementary campuses estimated at about $2.16 million each, and a $14 million middle school expansion.

The impact of the virus caused the district to ditch a costlier $175 million bond package with three propositions, including sports facilities.

8:34 a.m.

The third major player in the race to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus has entered the arena. Trials for this vaccine took place in Houston.

Oxford University is involved in late stage trials Monday for a COVID-91 vaccine developed by the British university along with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca that protects more than 70 percent of people from contracting the virus.

Among the trio of contenders that have gone public, the new UK vaccine also appears cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. The AstraZeneca vaccination does not need to be stored at super cold temperatures as does its rivals, making it a better fit for developing countries.

Trials of the vaccine resulted in zero hospitalizations or severe cases of COVID-19. The Phase III  trials were offered at The University of Texas Health Science Center in collaboration with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, with partial funding by Operation Warp Speed, an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

AstraZeneca reports that about 3 billion doses of the vaccine could be ready in 2021. The trials involved more than 23,000 people who were vaccinated in the United Kingdom and Brazil.



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