Our Response to COVID-19: Information
Good evening,

July 13, 2020 -- For six out of the last seven days, the world has counted over 200,000 new infections per day, including today, adding up to 1,498,680 new COVID-19 global infections and 34,926 related deaths in the last week. Yesterday, India set a new daily record of almost a thousand cases above today's report of 28,179 new infections. South Africa also reached its highest daily report two days ago, ending today with 11,554 almost two thousand below Saturday's record. Unlike India, South Africa's single-day and overall positivity rates (+ rate) are both well above spread control levels, indicating the country is severely under testing and strongly suggest a vast number of the country's residents are infected but do not yet know it. Many other countries have the same problem: Mexico (41.14% + rate), Qatar (24.98% + rate), Argentina (21.48% + rate), Ecuador (37.33% + rate), Peru (16.98% + rate), Oman (23.77% + rate), Bolivia (45.23% + rate). Unfortunately, not all countries regularly report their testing data and, assuming the reported information is reliable, the countries named above will not control their coronavirus spread until they are able to establish a massive testing infrastructure, without which, they will be unable to truly understand the extent of the pandemic spread within their borders.
  • COVID-19 Global cases: 13,235,751 (+203,087)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 575,525 (+4,173)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 4.35%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 275,940,839 (+3,809,830) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 4.79%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 5.33%

*:incomplete data set
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Note: Please forgive the occasional typos. I write these reports at the end of the work day and I have seen typos creep in undetected by my tired evening eyes. I hope they do not bother you as much as they annoy me.
Israel data:

  • 40,248 cases (+1,578) PEAK
  • 365 deaths (+3)
  • death rate: 0.91%
  • 1,266,385 tests
  • positivity rate: 3.18%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 3.51%
Oman data:

  • 58,179 cases (+2,164) PEAK
  • 259 deaths (+2)
  • death rate: 0.45%
  • 244,787 tests
  • positivity rate: 23.77%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 35.06%
India data:

  • 907,645 cases (+28,179)
  • 23,727 deaths (+540)
  • death rate: 2.64%
  • 11,806,256 tests
  • positivity rate: 7.69%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 12.86%
South Africa data:

  • 287,796 cases (+11,554)
  • 4,172 deaths (+93)
  • death rate: 1.45%
  • 2,194,624 tests
  • positivity rate: 13.11%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 28.72%
In the US
  • COVID-19 USA cases: 3,479,372 (+65,377)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 138,248 (+466)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.97 %
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 43,252,833 individual tests (+783,226)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.04%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 8.35%

After three days of improving daily COVID-19 cases, the US ends today with a second worst day, leading the world with 65,377 daily cases on its way to pass 3.5 million infections tomorrow.

Yesterday, Florida announced its highest one-day report of 15,300 new cases, 4,000 more cases than any other state record, anywhere in the nation. Today's number (+12,624), although lower than yesterday's, is still above any other state's record. Texas and Florida have switched ranking positions and Florida is now ranked third behind California and New York. Texas had a better day yesterday, lowering its count to +6,121, but bounced back up today to +9.071 new cases. Texas also lost 80 of its residents to the coronavirus in today's highest state fatality report. Also troubling is the state of Washington, which had a new peak today, its second in July, months after it appeared to have controlled its spread (the previous peak in Washington was on April 4). Tennessee also peaked today and many other smaller states' high reports contributed to today's high national update.
Washington data:

  • 42,741 cases (+1,336) PEAK
  • 1,438 deaths (+14)
  • death rate: 3.37%
  • 686,005 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.23%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 7.62%
Tennessee data:

  • 65,274 cases (+3,314) PEAK
  • 749 deaths (+8)
  • death rate: 1.15%
  • 1,053,424 tests
  • positivity rate: 6.20%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 9.22%
In California
California Governor orders all California counties to close indoor restaurants, shut down bars.
Source: SF Chronicle
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signaled a major retreat in the state’s two-month effort to recover from the economic collapse caused by the coronavirus, ordering the closure of bars, indoor restaurants, movie theaters and many other recently reopened businesses across California.... READ MORE

To benefit ourselves and our communities, we must drive the curve down, so we can provide and maintain a safe environment to send our kids back to school, to go back to work, and to start being productive again. Until we have a proven vaccine and a cure for COVID-19, we have to implement and observe all the mitigation practices we know we need to support our families, friends, and communities:

  • wear a cloth mask in public
  • practice physical distancing
  • wash our hands frequently
  • clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • respect one another and actively refuse to spread the virus

A simple yet powerful set of tools we can all use to help our communities and ourselves.
California's report for the day:
  • COVID-19 California cases: 335,847 (+8,160)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 7,097 (+46)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 2.11%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 5,544,365 individual tests (+137,766)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.06%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 5.92%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that " Due to the new CalCONNECT system and how information is pulled we will now be reporting for the prior day' -- this must be a trend, as Fresno County announced this evening that it will only update the county's COVID-19 dashboard on Tuesdays and Fridays, per the Fresno Bee . I take both decisions as unfortunate and disappointing because in the COVID-19 fluid situation, I feel it is best to publish updates more often than less. Fresno's decision is particularly troubling because it is leading the seven counties we have been monitoring and is currently one of the main worrisome hot spots in California. I will publish a seven-county data update tomorrow.

Yesterday, Madera County added 51 new cases and announced one additional death today, bringing our county's total to 963 cases and 9 deaths.
Madera COVID-19*

  • 963 cases (+51),
  • 9 deaths (+1),
  • 12,194 tests,
  • 8.41 positivity %
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
Workingarts Marketing, inc.

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