Our Response to COVID-19: Information
Good evening,

July 22, 2020 -- Of the top five ranked countries, in numbers of infections, three broke their record in new cases for the day: Brazil and India, while the United States and South Africa almost peaked again. Russia is still plateauing slightly below 6,000 new daily cases. Today's global new cases and new deaths were far higher than ever before, ending the day with 279,492 new cases and 10,729 deaths; both are the new devastating global daily records.
  • COVID-19 Global cases: 15,370,944 (+279,492) PEAK
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 630,129 (+10,729) PEAK
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 4.10%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 302,425,011 (+3,264,469) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.08%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 8.56%

*: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 them creep in, undetected by my tired evening eyes. I hope they do not bother you as much as they annoy me.
Brazil data

  • 2,231,871 (+65,339) cases PEAK
  • 82,890 deaths (+1,293)
India data

  • 1,239,684 (+45,599) cases PEAK
  • 29,890 (+1,119) deaths
In the US
Today COVID-19 killed 1,184 Americans!

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 4,099,254 (+70,685)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 146,137 (+1,184)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.56%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 50,723,237 individual tests (+809,684)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.08%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 8.73%

The US ended the day with over 70,000 new cases for the fifth time since the onset of the pandemic, all five times occurring since July 12, 2020. Today's death toll was the highest it had been since the end of May. In the last 24 hours, we lost 238 Texans, 152 Californians, and 140 Floridians; all other states lost less than a hundred of their residents but we are seeing troubling fatality hikes in Georgia (+81) South Carolina (+64), Alabama (+61), and Louisiana (+59).

To stop this pandemic, we need to implement a national strategy similar to the ones that have successfully bent the curve in Europe and Asia. Until then, we all can do out part following the simple mitigating habits: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, stay at home if you can, wash your hands, clean frequently used surfaces, respect others and help us all bend the curve.

California set a new record for single day cases while the following states reported near record infections: Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Nevada, with Florida reporting high numbers and Virginia exhibiting an upward trend, sustained for the last ten days.
In California
California tops 400,000 coronavirus cases; health leader says could be ‘4-5 weeks’ before decline
California set to pass New York as state with most COVID-19 cases nationwide
Source: mercurynews.com
As California closed in on an ignominious milestone — preparing to pass New York as the state with the most coronavirus cases in the nation — one of the state’s leading coronavirus experts said it could be more than a month before cases begin to significantly decrease.

During a news conference Tuesday, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said that it might be four to five weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s tightening of rules last Monday before cases, hospitalizations and deaths start to steadily decline.

“We’ve learned that a two-to-three week period may not be long enough,” he said. “It may take up to three, four, even five weeks to feel the full impact of some of those changes.”

The warning came on a day California topped 400,000 COVID-19 cases, closing in on New York, which has reported just over 408,000 cases but has largely flattened its curve of infections after suffering the worst of the pandemic in late March and April

In recent weeks, the pandemic has worsened in California. Over the past 14 days, the number of deaths is up 20% from the prior two weeks, and the number of positive cases... READ MORE
California sets another daily record and will have more infections than any other state by Friday.
  • COVID-19 California cases: 421,411 (+11,235)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 8,041 (+152)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.93%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 6,664,419 individual tests (+127,487)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.32%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 8.81%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that 91 Madera residents were confirmed infected with COVID-19 yesterday, and the county lost three of its residents to the virus.

Kern county peaked again today with a staggering number: 1,120 new cases, documenting a raging spread that has added 38% of the county's overall cases in the last week with a staggering report of 4,267 new cases in the last 7 days. The 7 counties broke a new single day record reporting 2,296 new COVID-19 cases today.

The graphs below clearly indicate a sudden acceleration of the spread in the California Central Valley, and particularly in Kern, Madera, and Merced counties, updated with today's freshly released data. As you review the graph, keep in mind that there are two more days left until the end of the reported weekly data, which further underscores the aggressive nature of the current trend.
Madera + 6 local counties

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 41 cases (+3), 1 death, 3,243 tests, 1.26 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 2,994 cases (+181), 26 deaths (+4), 22,770 tests, 13.44 +%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 1,530 cases (+91), 16 deaths (+3), 15,412 tests, 9.93 +%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 11,412 cases (+442), 104 deaths, 103,746 tests, 11.00 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 7,603 cases (+483), 168 deaths (+1), est. 60.341 tests, 12.60 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 3,465 cases (+67), 42 deaths, 22,895 tests, 15.13 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 11,188 cases (+1,120), 115 deaths (+10), 106,661 tests, 10.41 +% PEAK

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 38,233 cases (+2,296) PEAK
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 472 deaths (+18)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.23%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 334,568 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 11.43%
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
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