Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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August 6, 2020 -- The highest national report of confirmed new COVID-19 cases today came from India, reaching a new peak of 62,170 new coronavirus infections, recorded in one day, and passing the 60,000 symbolic mark for the first time in that country’s struggle with the pandemic. India also reported 899 new related deaths. India’s epidemiological curve is fueled by the country’s overall 9.14% positivity rate. The second largest populated country published its highest single-day report of 664,949 tests in the last 24 hours, doubling its testing capacity in the last three weeks. Colombia, newly ranked 9 after reporting more cumulative cases than Spain, reported its highest number of newly confirmed infections, as well as Argentina, which blew past its record established only yesterday. The US and Brazil together reported 113,412 new cases, contributing to the day’s 273,854 tally of confirmed infections. We lost 6,269 of our global brothers and sisters today.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 19,244,611 (+273,854)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 717,377 (+6,269)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.73%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 358,206,987 (+4,231,264) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.37%
  • COVID-19 Global singe-day positivity rate: 6.47%

*:incomplete data set
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Argentina COVID-19 data

  • world rank: 18
  • cases: 228,195 (+7,513) PEAK
  • deaths: 4,251 (+145)
  • tests: 794,544 (+17,266)
  • positivity rate: 28.72%
  • 1-day positivity rate: 43.51%
India COVID-19 data

  • world rank: 3
  • cases: 2,025,409 (+62,170) PEAK
  • deaths: 41,638 (+899)
  • tests: 22,149,351 (+664,949)
  • positivity rate: 9.14%
  • 1-day positivity rate: 9.35%
In the US
US COVID-19 deaths predicted at nearly 300K; Georgia boy, 7, is state's youngest victim; Arizona prison outbreak spurs backlash | USA Today

The U.S. State Department no longer says Americans should avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the list of countries welcoming people from the U.S.A. is still slim.

The agency said travel advisories will now be issued on a country-by-country basis as conditions internationally improve or worsen. But according to most nations, the virus is so widespread in the U.S. that would-be American tourists face barriers or bans.

The nation's top health official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the overall response to the pandemic in the U.S. has allowed the daily case count to plateau at an "unacceptable level," warning that the virus will continue to "smolder" without a unified effort to stop it... READ MORE

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 5,028,914 (+55,346)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 162,735 (+1,134)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.24%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 63,131,190 individual tests (+815,854)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 7.97%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 6.78%
In California
Coronavirus updates: California data problem stalls contact tracing; death toll near 10,000 | Sacbee.com
As health officials throughout California remain handcuffed by a major ongoing problem with the electronic system used to track COVID-19 case data, the technical issue is introducing significant delays to the contact tracing process, while also keeping local jurisdictions in the dark about the true coronavirus transmission rates occurring in their communities.

The computer problem, which is blocking case data from getting to both the state and individual counties, could also stall Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to let some elementary schools reopen via a waiver process that the state described in detail Monday.

The California Department of Public Health and numerous individual counties first publicly acknowledged the data glitch, which has resulted in noticeably underreported COVID-19 case totals, earlier this week. It’s unknown how many cases may be going uncounted, when the issue might be fixed or when exactly the undercounting issue problem started. Some counties, including Placer and Riverside, have said data discrepancies started showing up around last Friday; others suspect it started as early as the prior Saturday, July 25.

Kat DeBurgh, executive director of the Health Officers Association of California, says the technical problem appears to be affecting the state’s data for all counties, which is collected through the currently glitched system known as CalREDIE.... 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: 538,270 (+5,525)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 9,973 (+101)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.85%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 8,500,463 individual tests (+91,063)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.33%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 6.07%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

8/6/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 59 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 2,267. 
Of the 2,267:
  • 1,001 active case (including 36 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 1,230 recovered (34 released from isolation) 
  • 36 deceased

Today, the local counties confirmed 1,055 new infections and 5 new coronavirus deaths. Kings county has experienced data glitches and has not reported new COVID-19 cases or related fatalities information since Monday, a fact to keep in mind as you review the graphs below. Look for the weekly report tomorrow evening.
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 60 cases (+1), 2 deaths, 4,055 tests, 1.48+%
  • Merced: 4,855 cases (+95), 62 deaths (+2), 26,563 tests, 18.28+%
  • Madera: 2,267 cases (+59), 36 deaths, 24,263 tests, 9.34+%
  • Fresno: 16,625 cases (+353), 157 deaths, 130,785 tests, 12.71+%
  • Tulare: 10,334 cases (+256), 196 deaths (+3), est. 73,814 tests, 14.00+%
  • Kings: 4,453 cases, 56 deaths, 29,691 tests, 15.00+% no new data since Monday
  • Kern: 21,724 cases (+291), 152 deaths, 132,355 tests, 16.34+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 60,318 (+1,055)
  • 7 counties deaths: 661 (+5)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.10%
  • 7 Counties tests: 422,152 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.29%
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Fredo and Renee Martin
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