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September 10, 2020 -- Globally ranked second in total infections, India set new records of daily new cases 7 times in the last 9 days, including today, with a new record well ahead of any other country's apex. India confirmed 96,760 new COVID-19 infections today, yet again eclipsing the high mark it had set only yesterday. Exhibiting the most astonishingly aggressive epidemiological curve of any country, India today confirmed more than twice the number of cases than were counted in the second highest global report, released in Brazil, a country now ranked third since this weekend, when India passed the 91,000 mark and took second rank behind the US on Sunday. The country's death count is also steadily growing, passing the 1,200 mark this evening for the second time since the middle of June, when a data adjustment propelled its 24-hour fatality count to 2,006. India's predicament is genuinely concerning, as its data does not in any way indicate that its runaway curve can be flattened any time soon. India is now testing more of its people than any other country, averaging 1,025,565 of daily tests over the last two weeks. In Europe, France broke its record, confirming its second wave is in full swing, while neighboring Spain almost equaled its apex, set back in March, almost 6 months ago. In South America, Argentina set a record of daily cases yesterday while ending today just shy of breaking it. In the Middle East, Israel set the 4,429 mark for the first time, while Iraq nearly peaked at 4,597 new infections. In Asia, Indonesia also confirmed more new coronavirus cases that ever before today. All these large numbers fueled the second worst global number of new cases since the onset of the pandemic.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 28,321,462 (+302,074)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 913,838 (+5,928)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.23%
  • COVID-19 Global testing: 555,357,468 confirmed tests (+4,895,237)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.10%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 6.16%

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India COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 2
  • 4,559,725 cases (+96,760) PEAK
  • 76,304 deaths (+1,213)
  • 52,934,433 tests (+1,129,756)
  • positivity rate 8.61%
France COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 14
  • 353,944 cases (+9,843) PEAK
  • 30,813 deaths (+19)
  • 8,500,000 tests
  • positivity rate 4.16%
Indonesia COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 23
  • 207,203 cases (+3,861) PEAK
  • 8,466 deaths (+130)
  • 2,549,579 tests (+34,909)
  • positivity rate 8.17%
Spain COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 25
  • 554,143 cases (+10,764) Near PEAK
  • 26,699 deaths (+71)
  • 9,987,326 tests
  • positivity rate 5.55%
In the US
If the US had Canada’s Covid-19 death rate, 100,000 more Americans would likely be alive today | vox.com
The US’s Covid-19 epidemic is bad. But just how bad is it?

Over at the New York Times, columnist David Leonhardt compared the US’s coronavirus death toll to that of the rest of the world. He noted the US accounts for about 4 percent of the world’s population but 22 percent of its confirmed Covid-19 deaths. So how many lives would be saved if those numbers were even? Leonhardt calculated: “about 145,000.”

Columnist Ross Douthat took issue with that approach. Arguing that “the patterns for Covid-19 fatalities often look more region-specific than country-specific,” he compared the US to a slew of countries in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America and parts of Europe. By that toll, the US doesn’t seem to do so badly, with a death rate close to that of Brazil, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

But Douthat’s list, despite calling for a regional comparison, doesn’t include Canada, arguably the country most similar to the US in the Western Hemisphere and one that’s done a much better job fighting the coronavirus than the US.

So that got me wondering: What would a more comprehensive comparison look like? What would the US death toll be like if the country had the same rate of Covid-19 deaths as some other wealthy nations, accounting for population differences?

The results, based on Our World in Data, are staggering:

  • If the US had the same death rate as the European Union overall, nearly 84,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19 (out of the nearly 190,000 who have died so far).
  • If the US had the same death rate as Canada, nearly 109,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.
  • If the US had the same death rate as Germany, more than 152,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.
  • If the US had the same death rate as Australia, more than 179,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.
  • If the US had the same death rate as Japan, more than 185,000 Americans wouldn’t have died from Covid-19.

COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 6,587,475 (+38,123)
  • Deaths: 196,283 (+1,045)
  • Death rate: 2.98%
  • Testing: 89,969,363 individual tests (+686,291)
  • Positivity rate: 7.32%
  • Single-day positivity date: 5.55%
South Dakota COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 41
  • 15,834 cases (263)
  • 177 deaths (+4)
  • 159,250 tests (+1,361)
  • positivity rate 9.94%
Wisconsin COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 23
  • 86,428 cases (+1,547) PEAK
  • 1,203 deaths (+10)
  • 1,339,151 tests (+8,822)
  • positivity rate 6.45%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 751,724 COVID-19 cases, 14,086 deaths
  2. Texas: 681,360 COVID-19 cases, 14,158 deaths
  3. Florida: 654,731 COVID-19 cases, 12,328 deaths
  4. New York: 474,979 COVID-19 cases, 33,108 deaths
  5. Georgia: 289,123 COVID-19 cases, 6,204 deaths
In California
Placer County Health Officer Resigns After Board Terminates COVID-19 Emergency Declaration| capradio.org
Dr. Aimee Sisson, Public Health Officer and Public Health Director for Placer County, said Wednesday that she will leave her post later this month.

The announcement comes shortly after the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to terminate the local health emergency they passed regarding COVID-19 on March 3.

“The circumstances that led to proclaiming the original emergency no longer exist,” the county wrote in a comment on their YouTube channel.

Other California counties, including Kern and Riverside, rescinded their emergency declarations earlier in the pandemic.

“We cannot continue to keep our community shut down for some unknown amount of time as determined by the ever-changing metrics according to the Governor,” Placer county wrote in a press release. “Health emergency declarations are obligated to be terminated at the earliest possible date that the conditions warrant and, based on the number of COVID-19 cases in our county, there is no longer a health emergency with regards to COVID-19 in Placer County.”

In the resolution, county supervisors wrote that most deaths are “not by COVID but with COVID,” arguing that California is exaggerating the death toll of the virus by including people with underlying health complications. Health experts refuted a similar claim made by President Donald Trump earlier this month, stating that even when someone has a preexisting condition, COVID-19 is still the cause of death.  

As of Wednesday the county had reported 3,238 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths... READ MORE
  • COVID-19 California cases: 751,724 (+3,733)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 14,086 (+96)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.87%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 12,389,991 individual tests (+46,194)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.06%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 8.08%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

9/10/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 15 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,079. Of the 4,079:

  • 397 active case (including 14 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 3,624 recovered (24 released from isolation)
  • 58 deceased

Today, the seven local counties together confirmed 307 new infections and 11 new coronavirus deaths (in Kern and Merced 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: 74 cases, 2 deaths, 5,345 tests, 1.38+%
  • Merced: 8,487 cases (+47), 126 deaths (+1), 46,749 tests, 18.15+%
  • Madera: 4,079 cases (+15), 58 deaths, 45,402 tests, 8.98+%
  • Fresno: 26,724 cases (+84), 326 deaths, 224,863 tests, 11.88+%
  • Tulare: 15,043 cases (+76), 246 deaths, est. 115,715 tests, 13.00+%
  • Kings: 6,894 cases (+16), 76 deaths, 65,049 tests, 10.60+%
  • Kern: 30,440 cases (+69), 307 deaths (+10), 178,053 tests, 17,10+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 91,741 (+307)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,141 (+11)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.24%
  • 7 Counties tests: 681,176 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 13.47%
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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