Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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June 19, 2020 -- This work week started with the world reaching 8 million cumulative COVID-19 cases and this week will end, this Sunday, 6 days later, above 9 million cases. If you read yesterday's report, you saw the huge global jump attributed to a discovery of 31,412 previously unreported infections in Chile. We knew that today Brazil would become the second country after the United States with over a million confirmed coronavirus infections. What we did not foresee was the staggering one-day total published this afternoon, the highest report to date from any country. Brazil announced their new peak of 55,209 new cases, and the virus killed 1,221 more Brazilians today. Unfortunately, many other countries also reported new peaks: India, Egypt, Argentina, Iraq and many near peak countries, including the United States, contributed to the worst day of the pandemic, establishing 179,981 as the new global peak, while 6,239 people have lost their fight against the virus in the last 24 hours.

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  • COVID-19 Global cases: 8,756,688 (+179,981)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 462,501 (+6,239)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 5.28%
  • COVID-19 Global tests (est.): 124,120,394 (+3,317,807) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 7.05%

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Brazil data:

  • 1,038,568 cases (+55,209) PEAK
  • 49,090 deaths (+1,221)
  • death rate: 4.73%
  • 2,344,437 tests
  • positivity rate: 44.30%
India data:

  • 395,812 cases (+14,721) PEAK
  • 12,970 deaths (+366)
  • death rate: 3.28%
  • 6,426,627 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.16%
Brazil tops 1 million Covid-19 cases. It may pass the US next, becoming the worst-hit country on the planet
CNN -- At first, Brazil seemed impervious to the virus as it spread through countries such as China, Italy and the United States. Bolsonaro only grudgingly agreed to repatriate Brazilian citizens from the then-epicenter, Hubei province, reportedly worrying that they would put the rest of the country at risk.

The first case was confirmed on February 26, when it was believed to be an isolated case of a man who flew back from Italy to Sao Paulo with the virus. A month later, coronavirus cases in Brazil had already risen to close to 3,000 and the death toll was at 77.

It was around this time when Bolsonaro first compared the virus to a "little flu" and falsely implied that Brazilians were immune to the virus.

"Brazilians don't catch anything ... they already have the antibodies to keep it from spreading," the President said.

He said again that Brazilians are likely to be immune to the coronavirus during a March 26 press conference outside the Alvorada presidential residence in Brasilia. CLICK HERE
Global Forecast
In the US
The United States is aggressively trending towards a new peak.

Ten days ago, only three states were reporting over 1,000 new single-day cases. Today nine states fit the description, including Empire State; sadly, five of them set new peaks: Texas, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Utah also set a new record (+586). Also today, Texas overtook Massachusetts' fifth national rank in cumulative cases, a day earlier than predicted. A few weeks ago, during the worst weeks of the Pandemic in the US (March/April), our average daily reports oscillated around 30,000 cases. Today, our nation added 33,633 new single day cases. The country is now back in the full throat of the monster, with a big difference: many Americans think this virus is no longer a threat and forget the horror stories from the New York and New Jersey hospitals. This means that we will hit over 1,000 deaths per day within two weeks and the country's hospitals will be overwhelmed by Independence Day. I want to be wrong about this, but the trends I see force me to write these words.

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  • COVID-19 USA cases: 2,297,190 (+33,633)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 121,407 (+719)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 5.29%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 27,324,626 individual tests
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.41%
Florida data:

  • 89,748 cases (+3,822) PEAK
  • 3,104 deaths (+40)
  • death rate: 3.46%
  • 1,533,153 tests
  • positivity rate: 5.85%
Texas data:

  • 107,159 cases (+4,498) PEAK
  • 2,173 deaths (+31)
  • death rate: 2.03%
  • 1,622,851 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.60%
Arizona data:

  • 46,689 cases (+3,246) PEAK
  • 1,312 deaths (+41)
  • death rate: 2.81%
  • 532,697 tests
  • positivity rate: 8.76%
South Carolina data:

  • 22,631 cases (+1,083) PEAK
  • 639 deaths (+18)
  • death rate: 2.82%
  • 321,689 tests
  • positivity rate: 7.04%
In California
This week’s California coronavirus hospitalizations are approaching the height of the pandemic
Climbing sharply all week, California’s numbers for statewide coronavirus-related hospitalizations are fast nearing the record levels set in late April, CalMatters’ hospital data tracker shows. 

The tracker, which pulls from state data, shows that 3,439 patients who’ve tested positive for the novel coronavirus were hospitalized Wednesday, up from 3,421 hospitalized on Tuesday.

The all-time high: 3,497 hospitalized patients on April 29. 

The jump follows a two-week period of mostly stable numbers of hospitalized coronavirus patients. The number of those patients in intensive care units also has been trending upward, but more slowly.

Counties reporting the greatest increases are mostly concentrated in Southern California and the Central Valley, with elevated caseloads in Riverside, Kern, and San Joaquin... CLICK HERE

Tomorrow, California will wake up with the second most cases in the nation behind New York.

  • COVID-19 California cases: 170,615 (+3,6084) near peak
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 5,427: 3.18%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 3,155,702 individual tests
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.41%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that 19 more of our county's residents are infected with COVID-19, bringing our cumulative cases to 314 in Madera. The sharp rise of 151 new cases in the last 12 days, since the last day with no new reported case, represent 48% of all the confirmed infections in Madera since the onset of the pandemic. Also noteworthy, 4 people were hospitalized at the start of the week, today 11 people are being treated in local medical facilities. COVID-19 has killed 258 residents from our area of the central valley, of which the cumulative documented infections now total 12,811. This last week has added the highest number of cases in the combined 7 counties, with the second highest number of coronavirus victims, per 7 day-period, in the last 12 weeks.

Note: The tests information was estimated because Tulare and Merced counties do not explicitly share the data (only occasionally in Merced press releases), however, the positivity rate is available in the Merced County dashboard and the state of California also publishes the Tulare positivity rate, which enabled me to estimate the tests quantities.
Madera + 6 local counties

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 18 cases, 1 death, 1,696 tests, 1.06 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 564 cases (+26), 8 deaths, est. 9,792 tests, 5.76 +%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 314 cases (+19), 4 deaths, 5,863 tests, 5.36 +%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 3,187 cases (+129), 66 deaths (+4), 37,731 tests, 8.45 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 3,046 cases (+42), 111 deaths(+4), est. 27,000 tests, 11.28 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 1,976 cases (+36), 10 deaths, 12,435 tests, 15.89 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 3,706 cases (+116), 58 deaths, 46,473 tests, 7.97 +%

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 12,811 cases (+368)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 258 deaths (+8)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 2.01%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 140,990 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 9.09%
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
Workingarts Marketing, inc.

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