Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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July 15, 2020 -- Today's global new daily cases were 744 shy of the record set five days ago. Further installing the pattern we have observed in the last weeks, with the most infected countries reporting much higher numbers (US, Brazil South Africa, Argentina, Colombia, Israel, Guatemala, Bolivia)... and then there is India, which obliterated the new cases record it had just established yesterday. Remarkably, India reported having tested 323,161 more people in the last 24 hours, almost 13% more than it had the previous day (its highest single day population testing report until today), and still raising the country's overall positivity rate to 7.81% while its single day rate was 10.11%. These are encouraging numbers only in that the country's testing infrastructure has greatly improved in the last month, but still lags as the vertiginous climb of infections appears more ferocious every day, with India establishing new national records 7 out of the last 8 days.

The bottom two graphs, featured in the global section of the update, have been revised to illustrate the data from the highest 10 reporting countries along with a few of the previous European hot spots, and China, to show the successful and less successful controls of the spread around the world. Although this is a very fluid situation, the current top four nations in deep trouble today are the United States, Brazil, India, and Mexico.
  • COVID-19 Global cases: 13,689,836 (+235,385)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 586,772 (+5,654)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 4.29%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 281,161,568 (+2,782,340) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 4.87%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 9.54%

*: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.
India data:

  • 970,487 cases (+32,682) PEAK
  • 24,929 deaths (+614)
  • death rate: 2.57%
  • 12,415,664 tests (+323,161)
  • positivity rate: 7.81%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 10.11%
Argentina data:

  • 106,910 cases (+3,645)
  • 1,968 deaths (+42)
  • death rate: 1.84%
  • 495,065 tests (+11,266)
  • positivity rate: 21.60%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 32,35%
In the US
  • COVID-19 USA cases: 3,615,780 (+70,703)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 140,105 (+962)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.87%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 44,844,982 individual tests (+814,105)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.06%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 8.68%

COVID-19 killed 962 Americans today, as the US adds 70,703 new daily cases, 1,084 cases less than the nation's one day record set a week ago.

Texas broke single day record again today, for the fifth time in the last eight days, and the virus killed 119 Texans today. Oklahoma also reported a new record, passing the 1,000 mark for the first time since the pandemic attacked the state, with 1,075 new cases. Still leading the nation with 430,277 infections, New York state added 999 cases, one shy of becoming the 18th state of the day to also report over 1,000 cases. Consider that a month ago today, only four states were reporting more than 1,000 cases, together adding to 7,625 cases while the nation's single day total was 20,703 on June 15. Oklahoma's Governor also announced he had tested COVID-19 positive on the day his state peaked with new cases. Florida's 10,181 new cases also increased the state's overall positivity rate to 11.02% while the day's rate reached 20.04%, further confirming the spread is completely out of control in the peninsula.
Oklahoma data:

  • 22,813 cases (+1,075) PEAK
  • 432 deaths (+4)
  • death rate: 1.89%
  • 450,388 tests
  • positivity rate: 5.07%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 19.42%
Texas data:

  • 297,356 cases (+11,584) PEAK
  • 3,590 deaths (+119)
  • death rate: 1.21%
  • 2,924,288 tests
  • positivity rate: 10.17%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 19.39%
Texas reports record highs for daily coronavirus cases, deaths Source: thehill.com
Texas has set grim records for single-day deaths and new COVID-19 cases as the Lone Star State continues to get rocked by a resurgence of the pandemic... READ MORE
In California
California restricts COVID-19 testing as cases surge Source: nbcnews.com
“We are in an alarming and dangerous phase,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

California is changing its coronavirus testing strategy after it shattered its own record Wednesday for new COVID-19 infections, reporting a staggering 11,126 confirmed cases.

The testing strategy will return to focusing on vulnerable patients and those at the highest risk of contracting the virus, which has infected more than 3 million Americans, according NBC News counts.

The updated strategy is similar to what was in place before April when public health officials opened testing to everyone, including people without symptoms.

But as California sinks deeper and deeper into the pandemic, public health officials are trying to free up space in the health system for patients who will require the most care. Targeted testing could alleviate some of the supply chain shortages... READ MORE

NOTE: I have not confirmed the 11,126 cases number mentioned in this article.
California sets third worst day record of new reported cases
  • COVID-19 California cases: 354,972 (+9,374)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 7,361 (+126)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 2.07%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 5,793,276 individual tests (+118,321)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.13%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 7,92%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that, as of yesterday, 51 more residents are infected, bringing our county's total confirmed COVID-19 patients to 1,054 since the start of the pandemic, with one more victim today, a man in his 40s, adding to 10 COVID-19 deaths in Madera County. The seven counties breakdown is listed below, with an additional graph with the last seven days' new cases as a percentage of each county's current totals.
Madera + 6 local counties

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 35 cases (+1), 1 death, 2903 tests, 1.21 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 2,260 cases (+77), 15 deaths (+2), 19,755 tests, 11.44 + %
  • COVID-19 Madera: 1,054 cases (+51), 10 deaths (+1), 13,468 tests, 7.83 +%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 8,756 cases, 91 deaths, 87,452 tests, 9.47 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 6,332 cases (+126), 153 deaths, est. 50,254 tests, 12.60 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 3,078 cases (+54), 40 deaths, 21,993 tests, 14.00 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 6,921 cases (+162), 98 deaths (+1), 90,240 tests, 7.67 +%

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 28,436 cases (+421)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 408 deaths (+3)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.43%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 286,065 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 9.94%
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Fredo and Renee Martin
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