Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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August 3, 2020 -- A sizable drop in day-to-day confirmed global COVID-19 cases took place over the weekend and, today, ending under 220,000 new cases, a promising progress from last Friday's report of almost 290,000 cases. The number is still high but does indicate a relative slowdown of the spread over the last three days. India reported the highest national number of cases today, the only country with a number higher than 50,000. Brazil's report was the lowest id had been since the third week of June and the US its lowest in almost a month.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 18,439,731 (+219,528)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 697,083 (+4,758)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.78%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 346,919,308 (+2,888,527) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.31%
  • COVID-19 Global singe-day positivity rate: 7.60%

*:incomplete data set
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World Health Organization warns there 'may never be a silver bullet' for Covid-19 and says the disease kills around 0.6% of all infected patients | dailymail.co.uk
There may never be a 'silver bullet' for treating Covid-19, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Countries around the world are locked in a race against time to test and produce a safe and effective vaccine for the coronavirus.

But Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the UN agency, said today that scientists may never find one that works. 

He said for now, stopping outbreaks 'comes down to the basics', urging nations to continue with test, trace and isolate schemes. 

It comes as the WHO's top epidemiologist today said the infection kills 0.6 per cent of all patients — making it six times deadlier than seasonal flu.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove admitted the estimate 'may not sound like a lot but it is quite high', killing one in 167 people. 

Official statistics show the pandemic already killed almost 700,000 people since it began in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December.

But the estimated mortality rate suggests 115 million people worldwide have had the virus — nearly seven times more than the current figure... READ MORE
In the US

Coronavirus updates: Donald Trump irked with Dr. Deborah Birx; British test yields results in 90 minutes; 7 Cardinals players infected | USA Today

Two new tests will be able to detect COVID-19 and other winter viruses — including the flu — in just 90 minutes, the British Department of Health and Social Care said Monday.

In the U.S., President Donald Trump took a swipe at coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and her response to comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump and Pelosi are also among the principals involved as slow, grinding negotiations resumed between congressional leaders and White House officials on a proposed $1 trillion stimulus package after the $600 weekly unemployment benefit expired Friday... READ MORE

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 4,860,987 (+47,425)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 158,906 (+545)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.27%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 60,935,176 individual tests (+999,668)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 7.98%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 4.74%
COVID-19 didn't take a day off in the US today, killing another 545 Americans in the last 24 hours, but both new cases and new deaths reported in a 24 hour period were much lower today than they have been for most of the month of July, ending the day below 50,000 cases for the first time since July 5, almost a month ago. The national epidemiological curve is setting a promising trend, but many more efforts are needed to bring our infections numbers down to the baseline we need to sustain for the economy to reliably and, above all, safely reopen. Our individual and shared vigilance will be our only tool until an effective vaccine is proven and is widely available to all.

This morning's WHO press conference included the announcement that 31 peer-reviewed studies all point to a 0.6% Infection Fatality Ratio (IFR) for COVID-19, the math of which, based on the 158,906 confirmed US coronavirus deaths, would indicate that over 80% of the 26.5 million suspected US infections have yet to be discovered. A 0.6% IFR means that 1 in 167 COVID-19 patients is expected to die from the disease.
In California
Newsom: Central Valley is area of biggest concern in California for COVID-19 | kcra.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed cautious optimism about COVID-19 trends in California on Monday but said that the Central Valley remains the main area of concern in the state.

California has seen a 10% decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 14 days and a 5% decrease in ICU admissions over the same period, Newsom said during a news conference. The governor noted, however, that the statewide numbers "don't reflect the reality" in the Central Valley.

"If you asked me today what our biggest area of concern (is) in a state as large as ours, it is indeed the Central Valley," he said.

Last week, Newsom announced that eight Central Valley counties would split $52 million in extra funding to help the area battle COVID-19. Some of the eight Central Valley counties were seeing COVID-19 positivity rates as high as 17%. Statewide, the average positivity rate for the past 14 days is 7%. An additional $5.6 million from philanthropy is being sent to the area, according to Newsom.

There were more than 512,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in California as of mid-morning Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 9,400 people have died from coronavirus-related complications in the state... READ MORE
California reports its lowest single-day COVID-19 cases since June 23
  • COVID-19 California cases: 521,316 (+5,637)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 9,486 (+89)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.82%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 8,184,696 individual tests (+148,721)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.37%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 3.79%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

8/3/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 131 new cases for the time period of 7/31-8/2 bringing the total number of reported cases to 2,075. 
  • 7/31 - 53
  • 8/1 - 46
  • 8/2 - 33

Of the 2,075: 
  • 931 active case (including 34 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County) 
  • 1,112 recovered (56 released from isolation) 
  • 32 deceased (2 additional deceased)

  • male, 40s, underlying health conditions
  • male, 90s, underlying health conditions 

Today, the seven local counties confirmed 1,287 new infections and 13 new coronavirus deaths, over the weekend, 11 of which were located in Tulare County, representing the highest single-day COVID-19 death report published from that particular county.
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 58 cases (+4) PEAK, 2 deaths, 3,760 tests, 1.54+%
  • Merced: 4,422 cases (+137), 50 deaths, 25,992 tests, 17.01+%
  • Madera: 2,075 cases (+33), 32 deaths (+2), 18,931 tests, 10.96+%
  • Fresno: 15,759 cases (+676), 138 deaths, 126,114 tests, 12.50+%
  • Tulare: 9,745 cases (+291), 189 deaths (+11) PEAK, est. 69,607 tests, 14.00+%
  • Kings: 4,453 cases (+73), 56 deaths (+2), 29,691 tests, 15.00+%
  • Kern: 20,651 cases (+106), 144 deaths (+4), 130,345 tests, 15.84+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 57,163 (+1,287)
  • 7 counties deaths: 611 (+13)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.07%
  • 7 Counties tests: 404,453 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.13%
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