Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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July 24, 2020 -- This is the third day with a new global record of confirmed COVID-19 infections reported in a single day. Third ranked India and fifth ranked South Africa both set new records of new cases, while the United States and Brazil both reported their second highest numbers for the day. Peru and Mexico also reported high numbers and increased positivity rates confirming their spread is nowhere close to being tamed. France and Spain are now releasing 4-digit daily reports and are most likely about to reissue lock down orders. COVID-19 is unevenly devastating our global population; with a few countries showing real progress and even close to eradication (South Korea, New Zealand), but I am particularly worried about India and its people. India has been posting staggering pandemic data, every single day for over a month, with constant growth, no less than 10,000 new daily cases since the first week of June, and no sign of control of their COVID-19 spread. Next week, India will most likely release daily numbers above 50,000 new infections, as the US and Brazil have been doing, but India's numbers will keep climbing thereafter. Back in March and April, the country initially locked down hard to give its national health ministry time to rapidly build medical capacity: doubling their 100,000 hospital beds for existing hospitals and field hospitals, as well as building 100,000 more beds to be used on trains, for swift transfers of medical resources through the country's vast railroad system. I fear India will soon become the world's epicenter of the pandemic, with raging numbers that may even dwarf the US and Brazil's disasters, because India's curve is almost a straight line up, continually boosted by rising positivity rates. The death toll will be enormous and, I suspect, is already under reported.
  • COVID-19 Global cases: 15,939,175 (+288,734) PEAK
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 642,622 (+6,238)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 4.03%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 308,487,223 (+3,210,430) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.17%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 8.99%

*: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.
South Africa data

  • 421,996 (+13,994) cases PEAK
  • 6,343 (+250) deaths
  • death rate: 1.50%
  • positivity date: 15.72%
India data

  • 1,337,022 (+48,892) cases PEAK
  • 31,406 (+761) deaths
  • death rate: 2.35%
  • positivity rate: 8.67%
In the US
Today COVID-19 killed 1,127 more Americans!

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 4,247,012 (+76,694)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 148,476 (+1,127)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.50%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 52,520,426 individual tests (+968,251)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.09%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 7.92%

Georgia reported its highest number of infections confirmed in one single day while most US states reported near record numbers, ending the nation's workweek just shy of its 24 hour record established 9 days ago. The top five states now rank as follows:

  1. California 441,736 cases, 8,330 deaths
  2. New York 438,196 cases, 32,662 deaths
  3. Florida 402,312 cases, 5,653 deaths
  4. Texas 385,888 cases, 4,927 deaths
  5. New Jersey 184,211 cases, 15,837 deaths

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 our 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 crush the curve.
US gets reality checks on Covid-19 vaccine, duration of symptoms
(CNN)The United States on Friday got two reality checks on the coronavirus pandemic as the number of cases around the world set another high.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reminded Americans that even if a vaccine candidate gets through the testing process and is successful by the end of the year, it will be several months before vaccination is widespread across the US.

"I think as we get into 2021, several months in, that you would have [a] vaccine that would be widely available to people in the United States," Fauci told the Washington Post's Bob Costa during a Post Live event.

That means spring 2021 at the soonest... READ MORE
In California
California releases new COVID-19 protections for essential workers, including farm workers
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Governor Gavin Newsom announced new measures to help lower COVID-19 transmission levels within essential workforces during the coronavirus pandemic during a briefing on Friday.

Newsom acknowledged that some of the transmission surges in California have stemmed from essential businesses and disproportionately affect minority groups who make up a majority of those workforces, including the Latino, Asian and Black communities.

The governor said the state is extending paid sick leave benefits for essential workers who have tested positive or who have been exposed to COVID-19. Workers' compensation will also be provided to at-risk employees.

Newsom also announced that temporary housing, including hotel rooms and other facilities, will now be available for about 626,000 agriculture and farm workers to isolate themselves if they contract the virus.

Workers in Central California will also be eligible for this program, but further details were not immediately provided.

Newsom said the state is increasing its efforts to... READ MORE
California ends the week with a daily average of 9,684 new cases per day, and is now the most infected state of the Union,
  • COVID-19 California cases: 441,736 (+10,581)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 8,330 (+128)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.89%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 6,915,876 individual tests (+137,572)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.39%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 7.69%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

7/24 COVID-19 Update: Reporting 31 new cases for 7/23 bringing the total number of reported cases to 1,630. 
  • 798 active case (including 38 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County) 
  • 813 recovered (49 released from isolation) 
  • 19 deceased (1 additional deceased) -male, 80s,underlying health condition 

Today, the seven combined counties reported 2,015 new cases and 17 new deaths in our area of the California Central Valley. The seven counties reported 11,960 new cases for the last seven days, which is 7,029 (+243%) more cases than were reported last week and 221% more than the highest weekly report from the previous week. Even without Kern county's over-sized number of new cases for the week (+6,127), the other 6 counties would have still topped any previous weekly report. All the local counties are on the state's watch list.
Madera + 6 local counties

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 44 cases (+3), 1 death, 3,385 tests, 1.30 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 3,245 cases (+122), 27 deaths, 22,932 tests, 14.15+%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 1,630 cases (+31), 19 deaths (+1), 15,832 tests, 10.30+%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 12,148 cases (+392), 112 deaths (+8), 112,528 tests, 10.90 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 8,210 cases (+334), 168 deaths, est. 65,159 tests, 12.60 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 3,696 cases (+96), 45 deaths, 26,623 tests, 13.88 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 13,360 cases (+1,037), 123 deaths (+8), 111,457 tests, 11.70+%

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 42,333 cases (+2,015)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 495 deaths (+17)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.17%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 360,625 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 11.74%
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
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