Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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August 27, 2020 -- India broke the daily record it set just yesterday and shows no sign of control of its nation’s viral spread. Today’s 76,826 new daily cases record is only 1,758 cases shy of the epidemiological curve’s apex of the United States, set a month ago, on July 24, 2020, the highest daily record set anywhere in the world to date. India’s trajectory is most likely going to efface that record in the next few days. Indonesia also set a high mark today, as the country has been dealing with a steady growth of cases and related deaths. Indonesia is ranked 23rd in number of cases, and 19th in numbers of COVID-19 deaths. Much smaller countries are also seeing aggressive flares in other regions of the world. Romania, ranked 37th and Lebanon, ranked 79th (up from 84th a week ago) broke their respective records today (see data below). As mentioned in yesterday's report, France is now dealing with a renewed coronavirus spread, that is developing so aggressively that, earlier today, masks became mandatory in all public places in Paris.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 24,611,902 (+284,209)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 835,309 (+5,805)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.39%
  • COVID-19 Global testing: 428,464,906 confirmed tests (+4,650,582)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.74%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity date: 5.65%

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India COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 3
  • 3,384,575 cases (+76,826) PEAK
  • 61,694 deaths (+1,065)
  • 38,576,510 tests (+924,998)
  • Positivity rate: 8.77%
Indonesia COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 23
  • 160,884 cases (+2,719) PEAK
  • 7,064 deaths (+120)
  • 2,136,416 tests (+29,663)
  • Positivity rate: 7.62%
Romania COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 37
  • 83,150 cases (+1,504) PEAK
  • 3,459 deaths (+38)
  • 1,730,420 tests (+25,052)
  • Positivity rate: 4.81%
Lebanon COVID-19 cases data

  • Global rank: 79
  • 14,937 cases (+689) PEAK
  • 146 deaths (+7)
  • 493,220 tests (+9,070)
  • Positivity rate: 3.03%
Politics is spreading covid-19 in Indonesia and the Philippines | economics.com
In the face of covid-19, world leaders have fallen into four camps. The first group denies there is a problem: think of Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan, who fined his subjects for wearing face masks before ordering everyone to don them as a protection against “dust”. The second group recognises the threat and counters it with maximum coercion, regardless of civil liberties: think of Xi Jinping in China. The third group, which includes most democracies, handles the tricky trade-off between crushing the virus and crushing everything that is enjoyable in life reasonably well. The fourth group tries to act tough, but does so incompetently. Here, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, of Indonesia stand out. Their two archipelagic countries have fared far worse than the rest of South-East Asia, with around 200,000 and 160,000 known coronavirus cases respectively and still rising fast.

Mr Duterte is coarse, Jokowi soft-spoken: the two seem cut from different cloth. Yet both were mayors who won national power because voters saw in them something new. They were not from the usual dynasties that dominate their countries’ politics, nor did they spout the geekspeak of global elitists. As mayors they got stuff done: in Mr Duterte’s case, “fighting crime” in Davao by encouraging vigilantes to murder drug suspects; in Jokowi’s, by building things like expressways in Solo and Jakarta, the capital. Men of action, they promised to roll up their sleeves and apply their business model to the country.

In the US
As the large, most infected states show real progress in controlling viral spread, smaller mid western states are exhibiting sudden coronavirus flares

Although California, Florida, and Texas have not yet reduced their viral spread down to their desired baseline and positivity rates, many smaller, midwestern states are exhibiting aggressive spread that is now showing up on their local COVID-19 dashboards. Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota spiked today. Of the recently most virulent states, Arizona has made real progress and is down to a few hundred new daily cases, well below its peak of 4,877 cases recorded on July 1, 2020.

rt.live publishes almost real-time COVID-19 virus reproduction rates measured nationally.
R0, pronounced "R-naught," the reproductive number is an indicator of how contagious a disease is, or how easily it spreads from person to person in a community. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.

COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 6,046,060 (+45,695)
  • Deaths: 184,777 (+1,124)
  • Death rate: 3.06%
  • Testing: 79,396,836 individual tests (+764,270)
  • Positivity rate: 7.61%
  • Single-day positivity date: 5.98%
Iowa COVID-19 cases data

  • National rank: 27
  • 59,801 cases (+1,566) PEAK
  • 1,084 deaths (+13)
  • 616,530 tests (+8,191)
  • Positivity rate: 9.70%
South Dakota COVID-19 cases data

  • National rank: 42
  • 12,194 cases (+623) PEAK
  • 162 deaths
  • 141,283 tests (+3,518)
  • Positivity rate: 8.63%
Minnesota COVID-19 cases data

  • National rank: 24
  • 72,390 cases (+1,154) PEAK
  • 1,855 deaths (+13)
  • 1,427,347 tests (+21,340)
  • Positivity rate: 5.07%
Arizona COVID-19 cases data

  • National rank: 7
  • 200,139 cases (+680)
  • 4,929 deaths (+33)
  • 1,436,275 tests (+9,115)
  • Positivity rate: 13.93%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 692,776 COVID-19 cases, 12,690 deaths
  2. Texas: 625,649 COVID-19 cases, 12,484 deaths
  3. Florida: 611,991 COVID-19 cases, 10,870 deaths
  4. New York: 463,195 COVID-19 cases, 32,994 deaths
  5. Georgia: 263,074 COVID-19 cases, 5,393 deaths
In California
COVID-19 deaths among young and working age Latinos skyrocket in California, study finds | nbcnews.com
California saw a five-fold increase in coronavirus death rates among Latinos of working age over the past three months when the state reported a surge in coronavirus cases after partially reopening its economy earlier this summer, according to a new study released Thursday by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, which is part of UCLA Health.

From May 11 to Aug. 11, researchers looked at the progression of coronavirus-related deaths across Latino communities in three different working age populations: Young adults (ages 18‒34); early middle age (35‒49); and late middle age (50‒69).

While COVID-19 deaths are burning their way through all Latino working age populations, the death rate is highest for late middle-aged Latinos. At 54.73 deaths per 100,000 people, their death rate is about 25 times higher than the death rate among young adults, which saw a 2.12 mortality rate. Early middle-aged Latinos saw a 14.23 coronavirus death rate, nearly four times higher than the late middle-aged population.

  • COVID-19 California cases: 692,776 (+5,276)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 12,690 (+140)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.83%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 10,918,415 individual tests (+85,658)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.35%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 6.16%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

8/27/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 16 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 3,567. We also regret to report 1 additional death.
Of the 3,567:

  • 534 active case (including 16 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County) 
  • 2,979 recovered (58 released from isolation) 
  • 54 deceased

1 additional death
  • Male, 70s, underlying conditions

Today, the local counties together confirmed 613 new infections and 13 new coronavirus deaths (in Merced, Madera, Kern, 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, 2 deaths, 4,826 tests, 1.47+%
  • Merced: 7,814 cases (+70), 114 deaths (+2), 41,143 tests, 18.99+%
  • Madera: 3,567 cases (+16), 54 deaths (+1), 38,009 tests, 9.38+%
  • Fresno: 24,071 cases (+139), 239,deaths, 190,422 tests, 12.64+%
  • Tulare: 13,775 cases (+102), 229 deaths (+5), est. 105,962 tests, 13.50+%
  • Kings: 6,021 cases (+44), 72 deaths, 33,686 tests, 17.87+%
  • Kern: 28,854 cases (+242), 256 deaths (+5), 164,822 tests, 17.51+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 84,173 (+613)
  • 7 counties deaths: 966 (+13)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.14%
  • 7 Counties tests: 578,870 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.54%
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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