Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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July 28, 2020 -- China has been releasing interesting numbers in the last few weeks, with no new COVID-19 deaths since mid May, and mostly single-digit new daily cases for about three months, except for a flare-up in the last two weeks of June and, currently a new trend of double digits adding up to 367 new cases in the last 12 days, which is more than five times the 67 total of the previous 12 days. China COVID-19 pandemic may soon be in the news again. India reported 49,632 new COVID-19 cases today, yet another high number, only 893 shy of the country's record set on Sunday. South Africa has been finally exhibiting signs of early containment since July 11, with wild fluctuations between daily reports (up to 13,944 new infections on Friday, down to 7,067 yesterday and 7,257 today). Also today, Colombia and Israel released record numbers of new cases and many countries reported near peaks, notably India, Iraq, Peru, Mexico, and Argentina. The world added over 250,000 new cases in one day, further confirming that 1 million cases will be added every 4 days in the near future. This also means that the world will have about 20 million confirmed COVID-19 infections in two weeks with about 720,000 related deaths.
  • COVID-19 Global cases: 16,891,173 (+256,548)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 663,335 (+7,090)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.93%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 327,904,968 (+3,438,720) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.15%
  • COVID-19 Global singe-day positivity rate: 7.46%

*:incomplete data set
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Colombia data

  • 267,385 cases (+10,284) PEAK
  • 9,074 deaths (+297)
  • death rate: 3.39%
  • Tests: 1,470,613
  • Positivity rate: 18.18%
Israel data

  • 66,293 cases (+2,308)
  • 486 deaths (+12)
  • death rate: 0.73%
  • Tests: 1,651,766
  • Positivity rate: 4.01%
In the US
The US adds 63,549 new cases, ending the day just shy of 4.5 million COVID-19 cases

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 4,496,959 (+63,549)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 152,312 (+1,237)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.39%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 55,679,106 individual tests (+660,870)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.08%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 9.62%

Florida now has more cases than New York and Georgia has more cases than Illinois. At the top ranked states' current growth rates, Georgia will overtake New Jersey's 5th rank in the nation by Friday, and Texas may also overtake New York. At the end of the week, the new ranks will be:

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. New York
  5. Georgia

Texas data

  • 414,857 cases (+10,678)
  • 6,003 deaths (+120)
  • death rate: 1.45%
  • Tests: 3,777,263
  • Positivity rate: 10.98%
Georgia data

  • 175,052 cases (+4,209)
  • 3,563 deaths (+54)
  • death rate: 2.04%
  • Tests: 1,669,203
  • Positivity rate: 10.49%
In California
Coronavirus: California’s COVID-19 epicenter shifts to the Central Valley
Source: mercurynews.com
There were signs to start the week that the coronavirus crisis had begun to shift away from California’s largest and hardest-hit county, even if deaths haven’t slowed down yet.

Another 94 fatalities attributed to COVID-19 were reported around California on Monday, raising that seven-day average to a new high of 112 deaths per day over the past week, according to data compiled by this news organization. The 10,668 new cases were slightly fewer than last Monday, which kept that seven-day average stagnant at around 9,265 positive tests per day over the past week, about where it has been for close to three weeks.

In Los Angeles County, the number of new cases each day has been trending downward for two weeks as the seven-day average there reached its lowest level since July 6 (2,426 cases per day). With 2,033 new cases Monday, it has now recorded that many or fewer on four of the past five days — a feat it had managed on only one other day since the July 4th holiday weekend. It has accounted for 31% of the state’s total cases in the past two weeks, down from near 50% and closer to its proportion of the population (about 25%).

Monday was also the rare day where the nation’s largest county, home to some 10 million people, did not report the most deaths in the state... READ MORE
California reports the state's highest one-day COVID-19 fatality count: 169 more coronavirus victims
  • COVID-19 California cases: 473,544 (+9,234)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 8,714 (+169) PEAK
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.84%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 7,417,866 individual tests (+121,288)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.38%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 7.61%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

7/28/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 118 new cases for 7/27 bringing the total number of reported cases to 1,841.
Of the 1841 - 
  • 893 active case (including 39 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County) 
  • 925 recovered (58 released from isolation) 
  • 23 deceased (2 additional deceased)
  1. Female, 90s, underlying health conditions
  2. Male, 50s, underlying health conditions

Today yielded the highest COVID-19 report for Madera County, with a new peak of 118 new cases and 2 new deaths, but also the highest one day report for both new cases and new deaths for the seven counties. Including Madera's data (yesterday's data released this evening), the combined counties reported 2,846 new cases and 24 COVID-19 deaths, making today the worst COVID-19 report in the Central Valley. The 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate for Madera county is now 20.66% (797 positives from 3,858 tests in the last two weeks).
Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 51 cases (+3), 2 deaths (+1), 3,472 tests, 1.47+% PEAK
  • COVID-19 Merced: 3,763 cases (+253), 29 deaths, 23,632 tests, 15.75+%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 1,841 cases (+118), 231 deaths (+2), 17,090 tests, 10.77+% PEAK
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 13,336 cases (+127), 120 deaths (+8), 121,305 tests, 10.99+%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 8, 862 cases (+328), 173 deaths (+1), est. 70,333 tests, 12.60+%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 3,966 cases (+124), 48 deaths (+1), 28,723 tests, 13.81+%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 16,896 cases (+1,893), 135 deaths (+12), 121,935 tests, 13.86+% PEAK

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 48,715 cases (+2,846) PEAK
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 530 deaths (+24) PEAK
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.09%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 386,490 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 12.59%
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Fredo and Renee Martin
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