Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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July 7, 2020 -- As you can see on the global graphs below, three curves of cumulative cases are not only dominating the world, but are also bending upward, distancing themselves from other countries': the US, Brazil, and India are raging global epicenters of the pandemic with unmistakable acceleration trends. Other countries are also reaching near peaks, but are nowhere near exhibiting the progressions or featuring the stunning case quantities observed in the top three countries. As most of Europe is now settling into the new normal of COVID-19 spread management, including the now reliable plateau documented in Russia, all awaiting the release and massive availability of a vaccine, other geographies are contributing increasing infection counts. Argentina, Colombia, Israel, Iraq peaked today while Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Chile, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Egypt all released high enough numbers to add up to the second worst daily report with 211,102 new cases and 5,948 new victims of the deadly virus.
  • COVID-19 Global cases: 11,948,173 (+211,102)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 546,547 (+5,948)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 4.57%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 258,405,263 (+3,006,370) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 4.60%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 7.00%

*: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.
Argentina data:

  • 83,426 cases (+2,979) PEAK
  • 1,644 deaths (+62)
  • death rate: 1.97%
  • 414,697 tests
  • positivity rate: 20.12%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 35.10%
Colombia data:

  • 124,494 cases (+4,213) PEAK
  • 4,359 deaths (+149)
  • death rate: 3.50%
  • 902,305 tests
  • positivity rate:13.80%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 19.95%
Israel data:

  • 32,222 cases (+1,473) PEAK
  • 342 deaths (+8)
  • death rate: 1.06%
  • 1,130.991 tests
  • positivity rate: 2.85%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 6.16%
Iraq data:

  • 64,701 cases (+2,426) PEAK
  • 2,685 deaths (+6)
  • death rate: 4.15%
  • 624,420 tests
  • positivity rate: 10.36%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 20.54%
In the US
  • COVID-19 USA cases: 3,097,146 (+55,504) near peak
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 133,972 (+993)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 4.33%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 38,801,591 individual tests
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 7.98%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 9.50%

The United States confirmed 369,650 new cases in the last week and today's 55,504 new infections count was 227 shy of the country's July 2 peak.

As it did yesterday, Texas' new daily cases peaked again, and also peaked in its single-day death report. As we all know by now, death counts follow rising case reports by about two weeks, and Texas is now starting to release higher fatality number: last week's daily COVID-19 fatality reports from Texas averaged 37 deaths. Yesterday Texas reported 67 deaths, and today, 84 more Texans lost their battle with the virus. Nationally, the same math, using last week's data, adds up to a daily average of 515 deaths, but today, COVID-19 killed 993 Americans, almost twice the weekly average. The national case numbers started to climb around the 20th of June and we are now peaking two weeks later. Oklahoma, the site of the first post shelter-in-place political rally, also started to climb in the middle of June and experienced a troubling spike today, two weeks after the rally. As Dr. Fauci confirmed, we are not in the second wave; we never left the first one because we did not bring the curve down to the baseline that would have marked the end of the wave.
Texas data:

  • 219,253 cases (+9,247) PEAK
  • 2,822 deaths (+84) PEAK
  • death rate: 1.29%
  • 2,471,029 tests
  • positivity rate: 8.87%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 23.61%
Oklahoma data:

  • 17,220 cases (+858) PEAK
  • 404 deaths (+5)
  • death rate: 1.25%
  • 391,881 tests
  • positivity rate: 4.39%
  • 1 day positivity rate: N/A
In California
118 Californians died today, as COVID-19 rages on through the Golden State, with 8,702 new confirmed infections in the last 24 hours, a few hundred cases shy of last week's peak.
Los Angeles County released a staggering report today: its 3,969 new cases and 45 deaths, documented in a single day, fueled one of the worst days in California since the onset of the pandemic. California had not seen this high a number of fatalities in many months (132 deaths on March 22). As indicated above, death numbers follow the rise of infections by about two weeks, and we are now reaching the end of the two week delay.

To benefit 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. To do that, we must 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: 287,585 (+8,702)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 6,563 (+118)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 2.28%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 4,896,370 individual tests
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.87%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 8.45%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that 15 more of our county's residents were confirmed infected with COVID-19 today and 56 yesterday, bringing our county total 784 cases. Today, following the Pandemic Resilience Roadmap, the county's Public Health Officer ordered the temporary closure of indoor services businesses identified as particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, throughout Madera County, for a minimum period of three weeks. These businesses include "bars, pubs, breweries, brewpubs, dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms."

Six of the seven local counties reported new cases today, adding up to 827 new infections and 12 new COVID-19 deaths in the central valley. COVID-19 has killed 360 residents from our area, and the local infections total 22,797. Fresno county leads the 7 counties with 6,924 cases, adding 325 new cases and 3 deaths today to our region's lugubrious tally. The vicious coronavirus also killed 3 more residents in Tulare, 2 in Kern, and 4 in Kings county.

Note: The tests information was estimated because Tulare and Merced counties do not explicitly share the data (only occasionally in Merced press releases), however, the positivity rate is available in the Merced County dashboard and the state of California also publishes the Tulare positivity rate, which enabled me to estimate the tests quantities.
Madera + 6 local counties

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 31 cases, 1 death, 2,481 tests, 1.25 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 1,623 cases (+98), 11 deaths, 17,584 tests, 9.23 +%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 784 cases (+15), 7 deaths, 10,936 tests, 7.17 +%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 6,924 cases (+325), 81 deaths (+3), 74,703 tests, 9.27 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 5,175 cases (+166), 139 deaths (+3), est. 45,796 tests, 11,30 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 2,717 cases (+44), 37 deaths (+4), 19,783 tests, 13.73 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 5,543 cases (+174), 84 deaths (+2), 71,361 tests, 7.77 +%

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 22,797 cases (+817)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 360 deaths (+12)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.58%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 242,644 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 9.40%
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
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