Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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September 1, 2020 -- As has been the pattern in the last 7 weeks, the global daily reports of new COVID-19 infections and related deaths have averaged around 250,000 cases and about 5,600 deaths every day. The weeks typically start with daily reports below average and end the week above the average, a pattern that may result from reporting behaviors, for example there is a significant drop in reporting on weekends in many geographies. One more pattern is clearly appearing in the top three most infected countries: the US is plateauing at the average of 42,957 cases per day over the last week. Brazil is also stuck on a plateau, albeit slightly lower than the US number, with and average of 39,802 over the last seven days. Unfortunately, currently ranked third India has averaged 76,336 in the last week and will likely overtake Brazil’s second rank behind the United States a week from tomorrow. If the current patterns extend into the next two months, India will become the most coronavirus infected country on earth sometime during the first two weeks of November.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 25,897,748 (+271,161)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 861,099 (+6,593)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.33%
  • COVID-19 Global testing: 447,320,192 confirmed tests (+4,564,766)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.79%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 5.67%

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In the US
Coronavirus live updates: US to shun world effort to develop vaccine; Here's who should get first vaccinations; Fauci debunks COVID theories | usatoday.com

A Trump administration official said Tuesday that the U.S. will go it alone in developing a coronavirus vaccine, shunning the worldwide cooperative effort.

And the reopening efforts in the U.S. continue. California's latest plan drew scrutiny, Florida's governor vowed no more lockdowns, and New York City delayed in-school learning Tuesday, one day after the nation reached 6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus.

A new month could bring new hope to Californians who suffered through their deadliest COVID-19 month in August. The state reported 3,707 deaths connected to COVID-19 in the last month, up 18% over July. But infection and hospitalization rates have been in decline in recent weeks, and average daily deaths also began dropping, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

In Iowa, the nation's latest hot spot, Iowa State University is planning to have around 25,000 fans at its home opener Sept. 12. White House coronavirus experts have warned Iowa leaders that the state has the country's steepest outbreak and suggested the state should close bars in 61 counties and test all returning college students... READ MORE

COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 6,257,221 (+41,629)
  • Deaths: 188,874 (+1,138)
  • Death rate: 3.02%
  • Testing: 83,343,334 individual tests (+718,493)
  • Positivity rate: 7.51%
  • Single-day positivity date: 5.79%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 716,637 COVID-19 cases, 13,163 deaths
  2. Texas: 647,534 COVID-19 cases, 13,047 deaths
  3. Florida: 631,040 COVID-19 cases, 11,379 deaths
  4. New York: 467,448 COVID-19 cases, 33,039 deaths
  5. Georgia: 272,697 COVID-19 cases, 5,733 deaths
In California
Coronavirus: California becomes first state with 700,000 cases, but curve is going down | mercurynews.com
On the same day California’s hospitalizations from COVID-19 fell below 4,000 for the first time in more than two months, the state also became the first to cross the 700,000-case threshold — a positive sign but also the result of a six-month battle with the pandemic.

The 6,804 new cases reported around the state Saturday and Sunday were also the fewest in a weekend since June 13-14, continuing to lower the seven-day average to 5,220 cases per day, nearly half its peak and the lowest it has been since June 27. (Many counties don’t issue updates on weekends, leading to lower numbers, particularly on Sundays.)

The state’s cumulative case count crossed 700,000 Saturday and increased to 704,579 Sunday, according to data compiled by this news organization.

Los Angeles and its surrounding Southern California counties have accounted for most of the decline in hospitalizations, while the Central Valley has cut its case load in half from its peak. The Bay Area had remained steady with rates lower than both regions, but now it too has seen cases and hospitalizations fall in the past week to their lowest levels since the first and second weeks of July.

Just from Friday to Saturday, the state shed 132 of its hospital patients to push its total number of active patients to 3,940, the lowest it has been since June 22.

At the time, Los Angeles County accounted for 40% of hospitalizations across the state; now, its share is in line with its population — about 26%... READ MORE
  • COVID-19 California cases: 716,637 (+4,286)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 13,163 (+143)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.84%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 11,470,696 individual tests (+97,301)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.25%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 4.40%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

9/1/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 53 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 3,836. We also regret to report 1 additional death. 
Of the 3,836:
  • 444 active case (including 21 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 3,337 recovered (141 released from isolation)
  • 55 deceased
1 additional deceased
  • Male, 40s, underlying conditions

Today, the seven local counties together confirmed 741 new infections and 37 new coronavirus deaths (in Merced, Madera, Fresno [+27 PEAK], 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: 73 cases, 2 deaths, 4,917 tests, 1.48+%
  • Merced: 8,081 cases (+49), 118 deaths (+1), 43,688 tests, 18.50+%
  • Madera: 3,836 cases (+53), 55 deaths(+1), 40,693 tests, 9.43+%
  • Fresno: 25,185 cases (+222), 290 deaths (+27) PEAK, 208,800 tests, 12.06+%
  • Tulare: 14,305 cases (+226), 234 deaths (+2), est. 107,556 tests, 13.50+%
  • Kings: 6,340 cases (+56), 72 deaths, 35,579 tests, 17.83+%
  • Kern: 29,459 cases (+135), 292 deaths (+6), 169,401 tests, 17.39+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 87,279 (+741)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,063 (+37)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.22%
  • 7 Counties tests: 610,604 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 14.29%
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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