Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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June 26, 2020 -- Earlier today, after a two-month presser hiatus, the coronavirus task force leader Vice President Pence said: 'We slowed the spread, we flattened the curve, we saved lives.” insisting that "we are are in a better place than we were two months ago" while answering only half a dozen questions before walking off stage. This week and especially today's' numbers tell a very different story and reality. Today, the US boldly reclaimed its status as the global COVID-19 epicenter in a roaring fashion, with as huge leap of daily cases, after breaking US daily records four days in a row. Consider this: the record set 4 days ago was 12,238 cases lower than today's new record of 48,257 cases! The state of New Jersey revised its pandemic numbers upward, which in turn has affected the national reports, which I had to adjust accordingly earlier today. Globally, we reached yet another new peak, obliterating yesterday's new record with new peaks from India, Colombia, Argentina, the US, and near peaks from Brazil, Mexico, Bangladesh, South Africa, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Bolivia, while other countries reported high numbers (Russia), plateaus (Turkey), sudden upticks (France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait). The new record has advanced our prediction for topping 10 million global COVID-19 cases to tomorrow instead of Sunday, making it the fastest new million cases which only took 6 days.

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  • COVID-19 Global cases: 9,903,524 (+194,373) PEAK
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 496,791 (+5,045)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 5.02%
  • COVID-19 Global tests (est.): 231,022,524 (+2,429,963) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 4.294%

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India data:

  • 509,446 cases (+18,276) PEAK
  • 15,689 deaths (+381)
  • death rate: 3.7%
  • 7.776,228 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.55%
Brazil data:

  • 1,280,054 cases (+46,907) near peak
  • 56,109 deaths (+1,055)
  • death rate: 4.38%
  • 2,859,064 tests
  • positivity rate: 44.77%
In the US
The United States breaks its daily coronavirus infections records four days in a row

A lot of data was updated last night, after I released yesterday's evening report. New Jersey adjusted its numbers upward, California and Texas also augmented their data later in the evening. Many areas in the US are now being overwhelmed by the virus spread and patient swarms; hospitals in Arizona, Florida, and Texas are running out of ICU beds (and regular beds). Restrictive mitigation measures are being put back in place in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and in Imperial county in California.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — As I write this, I have just finished my ninth consecutive overnight shift as an emergency medicine physician here. At the end of each shift I go to an Airbnb, where I have been living alone for two and a half months, away from my wife and 10-year-old daughter so that I am less likely to pass the coronavirus on to them. In a medical crisis, my job is to manage a... Click Here

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  • COVID-19 USA cases: 2,552,845 (+48,257) PEAK
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 127,634 (+854)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 5.00%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 31,352,500 individual tests
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.14%
  • COVID-19 USA single day positivity rate: 6.97%
Florida data:

  • 122,960 cases (+8,942) PEAK
  • 3,366 deaths (+39)
  • death rate: 2.74%
  • 1,770,081 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.95%
Georgia data:

  • 72,995 cases (+1,900) PEAK
  • 2,770 deaths (+25)
  • death rate: 2.67%
  • 920,114 tests
  • positivity rate: 7.93%

Harris Co. Judge Lina Hidalgo moves COVID-19 threat level to red
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is increasing the COVID-19 threat level in the area to red, which means it's severe, and you should stay home.

Hidalgo made the announcement, two weeks after introducing the four-level, color-coded system designed to help provide the public with guidance on how to protect themselves.

"The harsh truth is that our current infection rate is on pace to overwhelm our hospitals in the very near future," Judge Hidalgo said. "We hope this serves as a wakeup call to everyone that the time to act is now."... Click Here
Arizona data:

  • 66,458 cases (+3,458) near peak
  • 1,535 deaths (+45)
  • death rate: 2.31%
  • 636,950 tests
  • positivity rate: 10.43%
South Carolina data:

  • 30,335 cases (+1,313) PEAK
  • 694 deaths (+1)
  • death rate: 2.29%
  • 370,794 tests
  • positivity rate: 8.18%
Gov. Ducey urges Arizonans to stay at home amid rising COVID-19 cases; expect hospital surge capacity
"Not going to sugarcoat this... we expect our numbers to be worse next week and the week after... this is Arizona's time of challenge," Ducey said.

The state Department of Health Services said the additional cases raised the statewide total to 63,030 with 1,490 deaths, including 27 reported on June 25.

The department reported that a record 2,453 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 as of June 24, including 611 in intensive care beds and a record 415 on ventilators.

The hospitalization count was up from 2,270 as of June 23.

Ducey said the cases will only get worse, but the aim is to "save lives and protect livelihoods." He followed up this statement by ... Click Here
In California
California is losing control of the COVID-19 spread
  • COVID-19 California cases: 206,622 (+5,618)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 5,872 (+63)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 2.84%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 3,771,314 individual tests
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.48%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity date: 7.30%

Gov. Newsom tells Imperial County to shut back down amid COVID-19 surge, warns CA: 'This disease does not take a summer vacation'
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As coronavirus cases continue to surge in parts of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom advised leaders in Imperial County to reinstate a stay-at-home order.

The county, which is on the state's border with Mexico, is seeing an exceptionally high positivity rate, or the proportion of people being tested that return a positive result for COVID-19. The 14-day average positivity rate is approaching 23% in Imperial County, Newsom warned.

"If they are not able to come to some consensus, I am committed to intervening, as is my role and responsibility," said Governor Newsom.

For reference, the 7-day positivity rate in California as a whole is 5.7%... Click Here
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that 32 more of our county's residents were confirmed infected with COVID-19 since yesterday (half of which were community spread infections) bringing our cumulative cases to 415 in Madera. Once again, all seven counties reported new cases today, adding up to a near peak 614 new infections and 6 new COVID-19 deaths. COVID-19 has killed 297 residents (+6) from our area of the central valley, of which the cumulative documented infections now total 15,925 (+614). Fresno county's accelerating spread overtook Kern county's leading infections count among the 7 local counties with 324 new cases today, a new peak for Fresno.

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: 23 cases (+1), 1 death, 1,990 tests, 1.16 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 824 cases (+33), 11 deaths, est. 12,825 tests, 6.42 +%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 415 cases (+32), 5 deaths, 7,664 tests, 5.41 +%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 4374 cases (+321), 72 deaths (+1), 50,331 tests, 8.69 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 3,705 cases (+59), 122 deaths (+3), est. 35625 tests, 10.4 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 2,284 cases (+50), 21 deaths (+1), 16,729 tests, 13.65 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 4,300 cases (+118), 65 deaths (+1), 54,961 tests, 7.82 +%

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 15,925 cases (+614)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 297 deaths (+6)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.86%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 180,145 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 8.84%

The 7 counties weekly report is showing viral spread acceleration, particularly in Fresno county, which overtook Tulare county's second rank 9 days ago and Kern's top rank today. The 7 counties added 3,114 new cases this week, 822 more than they did last week., with 39 fatalities, equaling last week's number of weekly local victims.
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