Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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June 15, 2020: Globally, the last seven days have all reported over 120,000 daily coronavirus infections, peaking at 144,571 last Thursday. As the world passed the 8 million mark of cumulative COVID-19 cases earlier today, the global acceleration of the spread means that we will probably reach 9 million confirmed infections a week from today. Although the fatality reports have been steadily declining, the world is likely to reach half a million coronavirus fatalities in two weeks.

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  • COVID-19 Global cases: 8,112,577 (+128,145)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 439,050 (+3,873)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 5.41%
  • COVID-19 Global tests (est.): 114,666,822 (+2,063,912) 

*:incomplete data set
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Global Forecast
In the US
On Friday, the United States coronavirus cases ended the day well above the 25,000 mark, with last week's highest daily total at 26,758. I am happy to report that the national total is closer to, yet still above 20,000 this evening. The north east corridor has been confirming its downward progress, but southern and western states are persistently showing aggressive spread, instates such as California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, Utah, even Washington, which, a month ago, had reduced its daily spread down to double digits, showing today unwelcome renewed COVID-19 activity (+577). A positive note: today's and yesterday's national fatality reports were the lowest in a week.

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  • COVID-19 USA cases: 2,182,931 (+20,877)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 118,282 (+429)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 5.42%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 25,241,128 individual tests
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.65%
Florida data:

  • 77,326 cases (+1,758)
  • 2,938 deaths (+4)
  • death rate: 3.80%
  • 1,431,164 tests
  • positivity rate: 5.40%
Washington data:

  • 26,901 cases (+577)
  • 1,224 deaths (+7)
  • death rate: 4.55%
  • 471,265 tests
  • positivity rate: 5.71%
Alabama data:

  • 26,772 cases (+657)
  • 774 deaths (+1)
  • death rate: 2.95%
  • 302,674 tests
  • positivity rate: 8.68%
Utah data:

  • 14,608 cases (+295)
  • 143 deaths (+4)
  • death rate: 0.98%
  • 272,938 tests
  • positivity rate: 5.35%
In California
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California has been reporting high numbers of new cases, and today was no exception (+ 2,805). Thankfully, the state's fatalities reports have been on the decline, ending the day with 29 new covid victims. Also noteworthy, the tests' positivity rate has been declining steadily.

  • COVID-19 California cases: 155,597 (+2,805)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 5,118 (+29)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 3.29%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 2,868,182 individual tests
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.42%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced that 28 more of our county's residents are infected with COVID-19, bringing our local cases to 226 (last update was on 6/12/2020). Today's combined coronavirus cases from the 7 local counties added 519 new infections and 3 new fatalities. The 7 counties have reported 11,193 infections and 223 covid deaths since the first cases appeared in the central valley three months ago.
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Of the 15 California counties with the highest percentage of positive coronavirus tests over the past two weeks, eight sit squarely in the Valley, a McClatchy review of state health data as of mid-week shows.

The eight counties — Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Madera, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced — comprise the entire Valley. READ MORE
An Outbreak of COVID-19 Confirmed at Almond Processing Facility
June 15, 2020 

An Outbreak of COVID-19 Confirmed at Almond Processing Facility

MERCED COUNTY, CA – The Merced County Department of Public Health (Department) has confirmed that eight employees at the Hughson Nut Company (Company), in Livingston, have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is not uncommon for an outbreak to occur in business sectors that require close contact.

The Company is working together with Public Health Officials to investigate the outbreak. The affected portion of the plant has been closed and is being disinfected. Employees with close contact to the individuals that have tested positive have been ordered to quarantine at home, and all employees have been advised to test for COVID-19.

If you visited the Hughson Nut Company between the dates of May 18 to June 12, and are experiencing symptoms that you feel might be due to infection from COVID-19 (shortness of breath, fever, and cough), please call your medical provider.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the Hughson Nut Company with the investigation of this outbreak. It’s important for all individuals to follow preventative safety practices to help minimize the spread of this virus in our community. We hope for a successful recovery for all those affected,” says Dr. Salvador Sandoval, Merced County Public Health Officer.

As a reminder, everyone should:
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Practice social distancing
  • Frequently wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

If you are a Merced County resident who would like to be tested for COVID-19, please register for an appointment by calling 1-888-634-1123 or online at www.lhi.care/covidtesting

For more information on COVID-19 and the Stay Safe Order, please visit the Department’s resource website at www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus or call the Department’s information line at (209) 381-1180 (English, Spanish, Hmong). 
Madera + 6 local counties

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 16 cases, 1 death
  • COVID-19 Merced: 409 cases, 7 deaths
  • COVID-19 Madera: 226 cases (+28), 3 deaths
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 2,706 cases (+159), 55 deaths (+3)
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 2,664 cases (+200), 98 deaths
  • COVID-19 Kings: 1,805 cases (+46), 6 deaths
  • COVID-19 Kern: 3,367 cases (+86), 53 deaths

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 11,193 cases (+519)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 223 deaths (+3)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.99%
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
Workingarts Marketing, inc.

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