Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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August 26, 2020 -- Today, India confirmed almost 76,000 new COVID-19 infections, the country's highest daily watermark yet, while Argentina also set a new record passing by the 10,000 mark, overtaking Iran's 11th rank, and rapidly closing in on 10th ranked neighboring Chile. Argentina will likely overtake Chile's rank in the next few days. Many other countries flared up today: Iraq, Indonesia, the Philippines, while France published a daily report the size of which it had not seen since the middle of April. Today in the world, we mourn the loss of an additional 6,326 of our brothers and sisters, victims of the deadly coronavirus.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 24,327,693 (+279,177)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 829,504 (+6,326)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.41%
  • COVID-19 Global testing: 423,814,324 confirmed tests (+3,149,010)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.74%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity date: 8.61%

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India COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 3
  • 3,307,749 cases (+75,995) PEAK
  • 60,629 deaths (+1,017)
  • 37,651,520 tests (+823,992)
  • Positivity rate: 8.79%
Argentina COVID-19 deaths data

  • Global rank: 11
  • 370,188 cases (+10,550) PEAK
  • 7,839 deaths (+276)
  • 1,145,574 tests (+18,476)
  • Positivity rate: 32.31%
France COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 19
  • 253,587 cases (+5,429)
  • 30,544 deaths
  • no published test data
Indonesia COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 23
  • 160,165 cases (+2,306)
  • 6,944 deaths (+86)
  • 2,106,753 tests (+50,587)
  • Positivity rate: 7.53%
Argentina Daily COVID-19 Cases Top 10,000 for First Time | reuters
BUENOS AIRES (REUTERS) - Argentina posted a record daily rise of 10,550 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the health ministry said, taking the total caseload to 370,188 as the country struggles to rein in the spread of infections while trying to ease open its crisis-hit economy.

The grains producer, which imposed a strict lockdown in March that initially helped slow the spread of the virus, is now fast catching up with other hard-hit countries in the region, including neighbor Chile where new infections have slowed

Latin America has become the epicenter of the global pandemic, with the highest number of infections and deaths, while the region's economy is set to plunge sharply this year pushing millions of people into poverty.

The nightly report showed there had been 276 new COVID-19 fatalities in the 24-hour period since the previous evening's count, taking the total to 7,839.

The government of center-left President Alberto Fernandez extended lockdown restrictions in and around capital city Buenos Aires until the end of August. The area has the highest number of infections.

In the US
Fauci says he 'has some concern' about change to COVID-19 testing guideline | nbcnews.com

The change, which could reduce the number of people tested, was made when Fauci was undergoing surgery last week.

The nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concern Wednesday about changes to the official guidance for COVID-19 testing, which were finalized by the White House Coronavirus Task Force last week when he was undergoing surgery.

Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the Department for Health and Human Services, told reporters Wednesday that the decision to change the testing guidance came Thursday, Aug. 20, the day Fauci had surgery to remove a noncancerous polyp on his vocal cords.

A spokesperson from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, which Fauci leads, said that Fauci recalled "quickly reviewing a version of the guidelines" that had circulated previously. "At the time he was not... READ MORE

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 5,999,554 (+43,826)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 183,639 (+1,275)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.06%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 78,601,470 individual tests (+670,063)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 7.63%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 6.54%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 687,494 COVID-19 cases, 12,547 deaths
  2. Texas: 620,983 COVID-19 cases, 12,269 deaths
  3. Florida: 608,722 COVID-19 cases, 10,735 deaths
  4. New York: 462,273 COVID-19 cases, 32,986 deaths
  5. Georgia: 260,590 COVID-19 cases, 5,311 deaths
In California
California Coronavirus Update: Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Massive 150% Increase In COVID Testing, Foresees Possibility Of Reopening Schools, Businesses | deadline.com
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced what he called “a new partnership” in coronavirus testing. He said he was taking the action in anticipation of the stress the flu season will put on the testing system.

“We have averaged roughly 100,000 tests in the state,” said Newsom. Average turnaround time for results is “anywhere from 5 up to 7 days after the test.” Newsom acknowledged that

Developing a partnership with PerkinElmer to “build out a new Laboratory in California with full supply chain.” Newsom said the deal will provide much more reliability ad stability.

The idea is “to bring down costs for everybody…to get back tests in a timely manner,” said the governor.

“California is using its market power to combat global supply chain challenges and protect Californians in the fight against COVID-19. Supply chains across the country have slowed as demand for COVID-19 tests has increased and flu season will only exacerbate the problem,” said Newsom... READ MORE
  • COVID-19 California cases: 687,494 (+5,409)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 12,547 (+140)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.83%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 10,832,757 individual tests (+70,251)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.35%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 7.70%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

8/26/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 42 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 3,551. We also regret to report 2 additional deaths. 
Of the 3,551:
  • 577 active case (including 13 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County) 
  • 2,921 recovered (141 released from isolation) 
  • 53 deceased

2 additional death
  • Male, 90s, underlying conditions
  • Female, 80s, status of underlying conditions unknown

Today, the local counties together confirmed 587 new infections and 15 new coronavirus deaths (in Merced, Madera, Kings, and Tulare counties). 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 inadequate.
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 71 cases (+1), 2 deaths, 4,801 tests, 1.48+%
  • Merced: 7,744 cases (+54), 112 deaths (+2), 40,564 tests, 19.09+%
  • Madera: 3,551 cases (+42), 53 deaths (+2), 37,513 tests, 9.47+%
  • Fresno: 23,932 cases (+314), 239,deaths, 190,422 tests, 12.57+%
  • Tulare: 13,673 cases (+64), 224 deaths (+8), est. 105,177 tests, 13.00+%
  • Kings: 5,977 cases (+20), 72 deaths (+3), 33,686 tests, 17.74+%
  • Kern: 28,612 cases (+92), 251 deaths, 163,999 tests, 17.45+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 83,560 (+587)
  • 7 counties deaths: 953 (+15)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.13%
  • 7 Counties tests: 576,162 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.50%
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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