Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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June 24, 2020 -- The United States COVID-19 cases report topped yesterday's national record and confirmed it is still very much the most infectious country on earth. As other geographies either also broke their own records or reported continuing large infections trends, the global filings added up to the third worst day of the pandemic. It is worth mentioning that the top three single day cases records have all been established in the last week, foreboding hard coming days. Today, with graphs and supporting fresh data, we highlight India, South Africa, Iraq, and Colombia's peak records, all established today, to underscore the global dimension of the crisis. As you review the numbers, in these daily reports, I invite you to pay attention to the testing information; particularly the positivity rates that clearly indicate the adequate or insufficient testing levels required to get a reliable grasp of the levels of infections in any monitored area. For example, Mexico has a positivity rate of 38.17%, Brazil's is 44.52%, Chile's is 25.25%, and the US rate is 8.20%, while countries on the other side of their own pandemic curve have much lower rates, 5% or less and descending. Also consider the daily positivity rates, extracted from one-day testing data, which confirm or deny control of the spread: for example Switzerland has a 5.99% positivity rate over its entire pandemic data set, but its current daily positivity rate is only 0.50%. The larger numbers above, from Central and South America indicate egregious under-testing, meaning that the reported infections data are insufficiently complete to properly evaluate the extend of the damage. Only aggressive testing can reveal the actual size of the problem.

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  • COVID-19 Global cases: 9,527,099 (+174,454) near peak
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 484,956 (+5,179)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 5.09%
  • COVID-19 Global tests (est.): 135,830,538 (+2,824,409) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 7.01%

*:incomplete data set
India data:

  • 472,985 cases (+16,923)PEAK
  • 14,907 deaths (+424)
  • death rate: 3.15%
  • 7,352,911 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.43%
South Africa data:

  • 111,796 cases (+5,688) PEAK
  • 2,205 deaths (+103)
  • death rate: 1,97%
  • 1,416,894 tests
  • positivity rate: 7.89%
Colombia data:

  • 77,113 cases (+3,541) PEAK
  • 2,491 deaths (+87)
  • death rate: 3.23%
  • 651,592 tests
  • positivity rate: 11,83%
Iraq data:

  • 36,702 cases (+2,200) PEAK
  • 1,330 deaths (+79)
  • death rate: 3.62%
  • 455,316 tests
  • positivity rate: 8.06%
Global Forecast
In the US
The United States breaks its COVID-19 pandemic single-day cases record again today

Florida, Texas, both Carolinas, and Oklahoma broke their own records as other states also reported high case counts, together adding over 3,000 more cases to yesterday's devastating record. This means the US is in a much worst position than it was when most the country was sheltering in place. Texas and Florida are about to run out of ICU beds. This morning, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced a joint decision to require two-week self-quarantining from out-of-state visitors coming in from the hardest hit states (AZ, CA, FL, etc.), a day after a similar order was issued from the office of the Governor of Kansas. Other states had near peak records today, including Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and even the State of Washington's Governor has now issued mandatory face mask rules as his state has been reporting worrisome flares and upward trends.

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  • COVID-19 USA cases: 2,463,168 (+39,.23) PEAK
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 124,279 (+806)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 5.05%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 30,053,255 individual tests
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.20%
  • COVID-19 USA single day positivity rate: 7.79%
Texas data:

  • 131,181 cases (+6,166) PEAK
  • 2,293 deaths (+42)
  • death rate: 1.75%
  • 1,836,037 tests
  • positivity rate: 7.14%
Florida data:

  • 109,014 cases (+5,511) PEAK
  • 3,281 deaths (+25)
  • death rate: 3.01%
  • 1,669,440 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.53%
North Carolina data:

  • 56,955 cases (+2,384) PEAK
  • 1,318 deaths (+24)
  • death rate: 2.31%
  • 791,285 tests
  • positivity rate: 7.20%
South Carolina data:

  • 27,897 cases (+1,284) PEAK
  • 683 deaths (+10)
  • death rate: 2.45%
  • 362,219 tests
  • positivity rate: 7.70%
Texas Covid-19 cases hit all-time daily high as Houston hospitals near capacity
Texas recorded an all-time daily high of 5,489 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday as hospitals neared capacity in Houston. The dramatic increase in cases prompted the governor, Greg Abbott, to tighten public health restrictions after resisting calls to slow the state’s reopening process.

Cases have steadily increased in Texas since March, but a surge in the past two weeks has activated concerns about the state’s ability to respond. To cope with the surge, some adult ICU patients are being treated at Texas Children’s hospital in Houston, the country’s fourth-largest city.

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In California
Coronavirus watch list: 13 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As most of California has moved into Phase 3 of reopening, the state is once again seeing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise dramatically.

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The Department of Public Health has a watch list of counties that are being monitored for worsening coronavirus trends. In each case, the state is working with local health departments to identify the source of the problem and provide assistance as needed.

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After its worst day since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, California tops 5,000 daily cases once again.

  • COVID-19 California cases: 195,536 (+5,050) new peak
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 5,728 (+95)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 2.93%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 3,592,899 individual tests
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.44%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity date: 5.23%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that 11 more of our county's residents were confirmed infected with COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing our cumulative cases to 370 in Madera. COVID-19 has killed 288 residents (+8) from our area of the central valley, of which the cumulative documented infections now total 14,851.

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: 21 cases, 1 death, 1,872 tests, 1.12 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 741 cases (+31), 10 deaths (+1), est. 12,035 tests, 6.16 +%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 370 cases (+11), 5 deaths, 7,148 tests, 5.18 +%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 3,892 cases (+220), 71 deaths (+1), 48,206 tests, 8.07 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 3,533 cases (+99), 118 deaths (+2), est. 33,748 tests, 10.47 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 2,186 cases (+28), 20 deaths (+1), 16,283 tests, 13.43 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 4,108 cases (+59), 63 deaths (+3), 52,490 tests, 7.83 +%

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 14,851 cases (+448)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 288 deaths (+8)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.94%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 171,782 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 8.65%
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
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