Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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August 5, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is still accelerating its spread, having killed 711,108 victims while 19 million infections will have been confirmed within a few hours of this report’s publication. The World Heath Organization suspects the real number of infections is likely at least seven-fold, based on the disease’s fatality rate, now estimated by scholars to be 0.6%. The top three countries, with the widest infections, all reported over 50,000 new cases today, with India shy of peaking and Brazil passing the 60,000 mark for the third time in the last two weeks. Highlighted below are Argentina, with its highest single-day new cases report, and Bolivia with its most deadly single day since the virus was detected within its borders. Both countries have unusually high and still climbing positivity rates, severely low testing, indicative of a wide and uncontrolled community spread. Today 272,802 new infections were confirmed, and 6,877 lost their life to the emerging disease.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 18,970,757 (+272,802)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 711,108 (+6,877)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.75%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 353,975,723 (+3,652,961) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.36%
  • COVID-19 Global singe-day positivity rate: 7.47%

*:incomplete data set
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Argentina COVID-19 data

  • world rank: 18
  • cases: 220,682 (+7,147) PEAK
  • deaths: 4,106 (+127)
  • tests: 777,278 (+16,532)
  • positivity rate: 28.39%
  • 1-day positivity rate: 43.23%
Bolivia COVID-19 data

  • world rank: 30
  • cases: 83,361 (+1,515)
  • deaths: 3,320 (+92) PEAK
  • tests: 178,244 (+2,961)
  • positivity rate: 46.77%
  • 1-day positivity rate: 51.17%
Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran's government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found.

The government's own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry.

The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827.

The official numbers still make Iran the worst-hit in the Middle East.

In recent weeks, it has suffered a second steep rise in the number of cases.

The first death in Iran from Covid-19 was recorded on 22 January, according to lists and medical records that have been passed to the BBC. This was almost a month before the first official case of coronavirus was reported there..... READ MORE
Daily number of deaths from Covid-19 in Iran
Official figures vs uncovered data, 22 January to 20 July 2020 | Source: BBC research
In the US
Drop in new coronavirus cases in U.S. is muddied by reporting and testing snags | Washington Post

The number of new coronavirus cases recorded nationwide each day is dropping after peaking at more than 75,000 — but the declines are muddied by issues with testing and data-gathering in big states.

Populous California and Florida have the greatest changes over that period in raw numbers: Florida’s daily cases have tumbled to about 7,300 from a peak of nearly 12,000, while California surpassed 10,000 before dropping close to 7,000. Those two states also have reported major data snags.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) noted a big drop in daily cases, but officials warned a day later that issues with the reporting system were causing an undercount. Florida’s numbers, meanwhile, were disrupted by Hurricane Isaias, which led officials to suspend coronavirus testing at dozens of sites... READ MORE

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 4,973,314 (+54,894)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 161,581 (+1,291)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.25%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 62,315,336 individual tests (+766,699)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 7.98%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 7.16%
In California
(AP) — A technical problem has caused a lag in California’s tally of coronavirus test results, casting doubt on the accuracy of recent data showing improvements in the infection rate and number of positive cases, and hindering efforts to track the spread, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in recent days that California has not been receiving a full count of tests conducted, or positive results, through electronic lab reports because of the unresolved issue, which he did not describe in detail. The state’s data page now carries a disclaimer saying the numbers “represent an underreporting of actual positive cases” per day.

The latest daily tally posted Tuesday showed 4,526 new confirmed positives, the lowest total in more than six weeks and a precipitous drop from the record nearly 13,000 reported two weeks ago. County health officials have posted notices on their sites advising of the lag and that a drop in cases might not paint a full picture.

Wendy Hetherington, Riverside County’s chief of epidemiology and program evaluation, said she believes hundreds of cases a day haven’t been reported in her county since late last week. The undercount impedes the ability to... 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: 532,705 (+5,519)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 9,861 (+152)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.85%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 8,409,400 individual tests (+103,687)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.33%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 5.32%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

8/5/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 94 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 2,208. We also regret to report 4 additional deaths.
Of the 2,208:

  • 976 active case (including 33 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County) 
  • 1,196 recovered (50 released from isolation) 
  • 36 deceased 

4 additional deceased
  • male, 60s, no underlying health conditions
  • female, 80s, no underlying health conditions
  • female, 100s, underlying health conditions
  • male, 60s, underlying health conditions

Today, the local counties confirmed 891 new infections and 14 new coronavirus deaths. Kings county has experienced data glitches and has not reported new COVID-19 cases or related fatalities information since Monday.
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 59 cases (+1), 2 deaths, 3,951 tests, 1.49+%
  • Merced: 4,422 cases (+137), 60 deaths (+9), 26,474 tests, 17.98+%
  • Madera: 2,208 cases (+94), 36 deaths (+4), 23,951 tests, 9.22+%
  • Fresno: 16,272 cases (+327), 157 deaths, 130,785 tests, 12.44+%
  • Tulare: 10,078 cases (+88), 193 deaths, est. 71,986 tests, 14.00+%
  • Kings: 4,453 cases, 56 deaths, 29,691 tests, 15.00+% no new data
  • Kern: 21,433 cases (+205), 152 deaths (+1), 132,355 tests, 16.19+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 59,263 (+891)
  • 7 counties deaths: 656 (+14)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.11%
  • 7 Counties tests: 419,193 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.14%
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