Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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August 24, 2020 -- Over the weekend, 3rd globally ranked India broke its daily record above 70,000 new confirmed infections for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic within its national territory. Today's report was lower, just shy of 60,000. India has now lost 58,696 of its people to the deadly disease, ranking 4th in cumulative fatalities behind Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. Although Argentina is currently ranked 12th in cumulative cases, today's peak of +8,713 new cases and 381 deaths produced the 5th worst daily tally on the planet (see graphs and details below).

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 23,805,234 (+223,621)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 816,781 (+4,374)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.43%
  • COVID-19 Global testing: 416,263,179 confirmed tests (+3,360,614)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.72%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity date: 6.29%

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Argentina COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 12
  • 350,867 cases (+8,713) PEAK
Argentina COVID-19 deaths data

  • 7,366 deaths (+381) PEAK
  • 1,105,878 tests (+32,159)
  • Positivity rate: 31.73%
First Covid-19 reinfection documented in Hong Kong, researchers say | statnews.com
Researchers in Hong Kong on Monday reported what appears to be the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection, a 33-year-old man who was first infected by SARS-CoV-2 in late March and then, four and a half months later, seemingly contracted the virus again while traveling in Europe.

The case raises questions about the durability of immune protection from the coronavirus. But it was also met with caution by other scientists, who questioned the extent to which the case pointed to broader concerns about reinfection.

There have been scattered reports of cases of Covid-19 reinfection. Those reports, though, have been based on anecdotal evidence and largely attributed to flaws in testing.

But in this case, researchers at the University of Hong Kong sequenced the virus from the patient’s two infections and found that they did not match, indicating the second infection was not tied to the first. There was a difference of 24 nucleotides — the “letters” that make up the virus’ RNA — between the two infections.

In the US
Kansas governor on COVID-19: An ‘alarming trend in the wrong direction | kwch.com

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Gov. Laura Kelly held her weekly news conference Monday afternoon calling it a “bad weekend” for Kansas and COVID-19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported the state added 1,545 more cases of the coronavirus and seven new deaths.

The governor said its easy to become desensitized to the rise in numbers as they published three times a week, but she called the rise in cases an “alarming trend in the wrong direction.” Every county in the state now has at least one positive case of the virus.

The governor said mass gatherings at six universities and one fraternity have turned into clusters. She said 87 students and two faculty members at the University of Kansas and 13 fraternity members at Kansas State Unversity have tested positive for COVID-19. She also mentioned a Kansas college student that she said has been hospitalized with multisystem inflammatory syndrome. This is a condition said to be related to COVID-19... READ MORE

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 5,915,630 (+41,484)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 181,114 (+510)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.06%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 76,883,479 individual tests (+724,102)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 7.69%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 5.73%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 676,226 COVID-19 cases, 12,257 deaths
  2. Texas: 608,142 COVID-19 cases, 11,861 deaths
  3. Florida: 602,829 COVID-19 cases, 10,399 deaths
  4. New York: 460,963 COVID-19 cases, 32,972 deaths
  5. Georgia: 256,253 COVID-19 cases, 5,156 deaths
In California
Governor Gavin Newsom Announces 5 Counties Have Come Off State Monitoring List; Is L.A. Next? | deadline.com
“We are seeing a decline in the total number of counties on the state monitoring list,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom at his Monday midday news conference.

Newsom noted that the number of counties on that list — which prevents large gatherings, schools and businesses like movie theaters to be open — fell from 42 to 40 last week and, this week, fell further to 35 counties.

The state has made “progress across the spectrum,” according to the governor.

Calaveras, Mono, Napa, Sierra and Orange County were the areas that came off the list this week. San Diego was removed last week.

Newsom hinted at which region might be next: “San Francisco has made some progress. More Updates will be forthcoming…over the course of the next few days,” he said.... READ MORE
  • COVID-19 California cases: 676,226 (+6,171)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 12,257 (+105)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.812%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 10,652,487 individual tests (+111,456)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.35%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 5.54%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

8/24/20 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 145 new cases for 8/21-8/23 bringing the total number of reported cases to 3,484. We also regret to report 1 additional death.

  • 8/21 - 52
  • 8/22 - 75
  • 8/23 - 18

Of the 3,484: 
  • 815 active case (including 16 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 2,619 recovered (81 released from isolation) 
  • 50 deceased

1 additional death)
  • Female, 60s, status of underlying health conditions unknown

Today, the local counties together confirmed 1,254 new infections and 14 new coronavirus deaths (in Merced, Madera, and Tulare counties).

We are still on the ascent of the spread's epidemiological graph and have yet to flatten our local curve. Our friends and neighbors are needlessly dying, many families are suffering. Science and the courage to follow its logic will solve this pandemic, any other discourse is useless.
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 69 cases, 2 deaths, 4,664 tests, 1.48+%
  • Merced: 7,653 cases (+225), 106 deaths (+7), 40,111 tests, 19.08+%
  • Madera: 3,484 cases (+18), 50 deaths (+1), 36,426 tests, 9.56+%
  • Fresno: 23,414 cases (+574), 226 deaths, 180,534 tests, 12.97+%
  • Tulare: 13,431 cases (+314), 216 deaths (+6), est. 93,693 tests, 14.00+%
  • Kings: 5,921 cases (+29), 68 deaths, 33,686 tests, 17.58+%
  • Kern: 28,234 cases (+94), 240 deaths, 162,052 tests, 17.42+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 82,206 (+1,254)
  • 7 counties deaths: 908 (+14)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.10%
  • 7 Counties tests: 551,166 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.91%
Keep observing the simple yet proven habits of physical-distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent hand-washing, that will help drive down new infections and new deaths numbers, to a level low enough so as to give us a chance to reopen our schools for onsite education and thus, reopen our economy. Nothing else will work until we have a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
Workingarts Marketing, inc.

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