Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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As the COVID-19 Pandemic rages through our planet, ranking countries helps understand and follow the geographic evolution of the infections and reveals the effectiveness of the strategies used to mitigate the spread of the virus. The top five countries with the most cumulative infections are currently ranked as follows: 1-USA, 2-Brazil, 3-India, 4-Russia, 5-South Africa. However, ranked by cumulative COVID-19 deaths, the rankings are different: 1-USA, 2-Brazil, 3-Mexico, 4-India, 5-Great Britain -- India overtook the UK’s position earlier today (look for their crossing lines in the graph below). Those rankings are fluid and change every day as you move down the long list of 215 affected countries and territories, but the single-day’s rankings are more indicative of the hot spots. Today’s rankings of new cases went as follows: 1-India, 2-Brazil, 3-USA, 4-Colombia, 5-Argentina, where India and Argentina set new cases records. The day’s new deaths top five ranks went as follows: 1-USA, 2-Brazil, 3-India, 4-Mexico, 5-Colombia. Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia are starting to show up in these top rankings because their overall positivity rates are all high and reveal uncontrolled spread and undertesting. Mexico ranks 6th in cumulative cases and has a positivity rate of 44.15%, Colombia is ranked 8th, with a positivity rate of 20.89%, while 13th ranked Argentina’s positivity rate is 30.32%. Also today, apparently, more people (733,449) were tested in India than in any other country, ahead of the US (545,231 reported tests); please note that Brazil is no longer reporting its daily testing data. I also included an article below on the troubling rise of new cases in Europe.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 20,792,173 (+282,747)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 752,297 (+6,844)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.62%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 377,928 (+3,085,697) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.50%
  • COVID-19 Global singe-day positivity rate: 9.16%

*:incomplete data set
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Covid-19 news: Germany joins Spain in worrying surge of infections | newscientist.com

Coronavirus cases are rising in Germany, Spain and other countries in western Europe, with Spain recording 1418 new infections on Tuesday, and Germany detecting 1200 cases in the last 24 hours, the country’s biggest daily increase for three months. In the Netherlands, daily new infections are back to about half the level they were at during the initial peak. Spain now has the highest rate of coronavirus infections in the region, with 94 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 38 in the Netherlands, 30 in France, 18 in the UK and 14 in Germany, according to cumulative figures for the last 14 days from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 

Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, says people returning from holiday may be the reason for the increasing number of cases in Germany, as the UK and Germany continue to warn people against non-essential travel to parts of Spain. Any holidaymakers returning to the UK from Spain are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The list of countries from which all arrivals to the UK must quarantine may be updated this week to include 14 more countries, including France...READ MORE
In the US
There has been a 90% increase in Covid-19 cases in US children in the last four weeks, report says | cnn.com

As the nation focuses on safety issues around going back to school during the pandemic, a new report found a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among children in the United States.

There has been a 90% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among children in the United States over the last four weeks, according to a new analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association that will be updated weekly.

Dr. Sean O'Leary, vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday that coronavirus cases in children should be taken seriously.

"It's not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children," said O'Leary. "We've had 90 deaths in children in the US already, in just a few months. Every year we worry about influenza in children... READ MORE

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 5,360,005 (+54,048)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 169,214 (+1,465)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.16%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 67,487,271 individual tests (+545,231)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 7.94%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 9.91%
In California
'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland| theguardian.com
Across California’s Central Valley, hundreds of thousands of workers wash the vegetables, debone the meat, sort the nuts and package the produce that finds its way into kitchens throughout the United States.

When the coronavirus hit, their work was ruled essential, so they kept working in the often cramped facilities that fuel a state industry that exports $21bn in agricultural products each year.

Workers told the Guardian that in the past months, as much of California sheltered at home, they took their places at the production lines and sorting tables, against all social distancing guidelines, as their companies made excuses for why coworker after coworker stopped showing up for their shifts. Some workers said they had to learn from news reports that they had been exposed to Covid-19. Others said they felt obligated to work even when showing virus symptoms.

Then they returned to their homes in cities across the region, unknowingly exposing their parents, their spouses, their children, aunts, uncles and cousins to the virus... READ MORE
NOTICE: Please note that CalREDIE, the statewide electronic disease reporting system, is experiencing serious unresolved processing delays. As such, new cases presented here are likely an underestimate of true incident cases being reported. This impacts many of our statistics, including case rates and probable active estimates. | Merced County Website
  • COVID-19 California cases: 594,744 (+9,294)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 10,810 (+161)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.82%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 9,303,467 individual tests (+117,188)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.39%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 7.93%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

8/12/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 169 new cases (second PEAK in two days) bringing the total number of reported cases to 2,759. We also regret to report 4 additional deaths.

Of the 2,759:
  • 746 active case (including 29 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 1,969 recovered (74 released from isolation)
  • 44 deceased

4 additional deceased
  • male, 70s, underlying conditions
  • female, 60s, underlying conditions
  • male, 50s, underlying conditions
  • female, 90s, no underlying health conditions

Today, the local counties confirmed 1,549 new infections and the sad new daily record of 17 new coronavirus deaths. Many county records were broken today: most new cases in Madera (+69) and in Kings (+614 -- although this may be cumulative over multiple days), According to CovidActNow.org, Merced County is the most infectious county in California today:
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 63 cases (+1), 2 deaths, 4,234 tests, 1.49+%
  • Merced: 6,224 cases (+122), 74 deaths, 32,927 tests, 18.90+%
  • Madera: 2,759 cases (+169) PEAK, 44 deaths (+4), 28,993 tests, 9.52+%
  • Fresno: 18,344 cases (+366), 191 deaths, 151,188 tests, 12.13+%
  • Tulare: 11,643 cases (+94), 205 deaths (+7), est. 89,562 tests, 13.00+%
  • Kings: 5,067 cases (+614) PEAK , 62 deaths (+6), 31,246 tests, 16.22+%
  • Kern: 25,179 cases (+184), 183 deaths, 147,451 tests, 17.08+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 69,279 (+1,549)
  • 7 counties deaths: 761 (+17)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.10%
  • 7 Counties tests: 485,601 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.27%
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Fredo and Renee Martin
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