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September 11, 2020 -- On this day, in the history of the coronavirus pandemic, three countries have already confirmed multi-million cases of viral infections within their borders: India has 4.6 million cases and has lost 77.5 thousand of its people to the disease. Brazil has almost 4.3 million cases and has lost 130 thousand of its people to the disease. When the US hit 4.6 million cases, at the end of July, we had already lost over 155 thousand people to the disease. The US has 4% of the world’s population, and yet 23% of the world’s confirmed infections and 21% of the planet’s COVID-19 deaths are here in the United States. Why is that?

Today, the world broke its week-old daily record of new infections, proving yet again that the virus spread is still accelerating everywhere:

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 28,645,292 (+323,830)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 919,462 (+5,624)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.21%
  • COVID-19 Global testing: 563,055,501 confirmed tests (+7,698,033)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.09%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 3.92%

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India COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 2
  • 4,657,379 cases (+97,654) PEAK
  • 77,506 deaths (+1,202)
  • 54,097,975 tests (+1,163,542)
  • positivity rate 8.61%
France COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 13
  • 363,350 cases (+9,406) near peak
  • 30,893 deaths (+80)
  • 10,000,000 tests
  • positivity rate 4.27%
Ukraine COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 24
  • 148,756 cases (+3,144) PEAK
  • 3,076 deaths (+53)
  • 1,778,483 tests (+26,552)
  • positivity rate 8.42%
Morocco COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 40
  • 82,197 cases (+2,430) PEAK
  • 1,524 deaths (+33)
  • 2,184,266 tests (+23,468)
  • positivity rate 3.76%
In the US
US could see a 'very deadly December' with tens of thousands of coronavirus death to come, computer model predicts | cnn.com
An influential model is predicting a catastrophic winter with a significant rise in coronavirus deaths.

A possible scenario sees 415,090 Covid-19 deaths by January, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington says in its latest forecast. The worst-case scenario is 600,000 deaths by January 1.

"When we look ahead into the winter with seasonality kicking in, people becoming clearly less vigilant, you know mask use is down, mobility is up in the nation, you put all those together and we look like we're going to have a very deadly December ahead of us in terms of toll of coronavirus," IHME director Dr. Christopher Murray told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The IHME model is essentially predicting the number of deaths will double in the next four months. As of Friday, nearly 6.4 million infections have been recorded in the US and more than 192,000 Americans have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Despite the dire prediction, President Donald Trump says the US has done "really well" in fighting the virus, according to a Thursday video on the White House official Facebook page.

"I really do believe we're rounding the corner and the vaccines are right there, but not even discussing vaccines and not discussing therapeutics, we're rounding the corner," Trump said.

Speaking with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he does not agree with the President's statements.

"We're plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day, and the deaths of around 1,000," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
He said test positivity is increasing in some regions of the country and people are spending more time indoors because of cooler weather.

"That's not good for a respiratory-borne virus," he said. "You don't want to start off already with a baseline that's so high."

COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 6,635,933 (+46,286)
  • Deaths: 197,395 (+1,068)
  • Death rate: 2.97%
  • Testing: 90,844,086 individual tests (+859,297)
  • Positivity rate: 7.30%
  • Single-day positivity date: 5.39%
Arkansas COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 28
  • 67,911 cases (+1,107) PEAK
  • 953 deaths (+13)
  • 805,109 tests (+8,930)
  • positivity rate 8.44%
Indiana COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 20
  • 103,505 cases (+1,262) near peak
  • 3,420 deaths (+10)
  • 1,618,804 tests (+34,246)
  • positivity rate 6.34%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 755,710 COVID-19 cases, 14,262 deaths
  2. Texas: 686,471 COVID-19 cases, 14,345 deaths
  3. Florida: 658,381 COVID-19 cases, 12,507 deaths
  4. New York: 473,021 COVID-19 cases, 33,109 deaths
  5. Georgia: 290,781 COVID-19 cases, 6,246 deaths
In California
Coronavirus: California crosses 14,000 deaths, 750,000 cases, but they’re coming in smaller numbers | mercurynews.com
Even as California’s COVID-19 death toll climbed over 14,000 and its case count crossed 750,000, counties around the state continued to report fewer of each by the passing week.

With 3,569 new cases and 99 new fatalities from the virus Thursday, according to data compiled by this news organization, California crossed two milestones in one day. And yet the seven-day average for each continued to fall, with the 3,600 average daily cases over the past week the fewest since June 20 and the 85 average daily deaths the fewest since July 9.

In the past two weeks, the average number of daily cases has fallen 36%, daily deaths have fallen 32%, and the test-positivity rate has fallen more than two percentage points to 3.6%.

However, the number of tests has dropped off in the past two days, likely due to closures from the holiday weekend and poor air quality. The California Department of Public Health did not provide a reason for the decline in tests — an average of 60,000 the past two days, compared to normally over 100,000 — in time for publication.

The number of hospital patients fell to 3,288, the fewest active hospitalizations since June 14 and below half of its peak. The state had previously hit a low Sunday before adding a net of 46 patients between Monday and Tuesday, but its total fell by 66 patients, a 2% drop, on Wednesday alone.

The decline in hospitalizations began at the end of July and has persisted apace since, falling by nearly 25% in the past two weeks, according to this news organization’s analysis.

In the Bay Area, hospitalizations have fallen about 18% in the past two weeks and about 33% from their peak about six weeks ago. But even at its peak, the Bay Area never came close to other parts of California. Its peak per-capita hospitalization rate — about one in every 10,000 — was less than half that of the high in Los Angeles County and almost one-third of the San Joaquin Valley.

California’s worst per-capita outbreak remains in the San Joaquin Valley, with about 14 active hospitalizations for every 100,000 residents and a case rate nearly double the Bay Area and Los Angeles. But it too had drastically decreased its cases and hospitalizations in the past month... READ MORE
  • COVID-19 California cases: 755,710 (+3,963)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 14,262 (+172)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.89%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 12,451,660 individual tests (+61,669)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.07%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 6.43%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

9/11/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 71 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,150. Of the 4,150:

  • 448 active case (including 15 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 3,644 recovered (20 released from isolation)
  • 58 deceased

Today, the seven local counties together confirmed 343 new infections and 28 new coronavirus deaths (in Kern, Fresno, Tulare, 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, 5,370 tests, 1.38+%
  • Merced: 8,541 cases (+54), 127 deaths (+1), 49,346 tests, 17.31+%
  • Madera: 4,150 cases (+71), 58 deaths, 46,394 tests, 8.95+%
  • Fresno: 26,286 cases (revised), 337 deaths (+11), 243,766 tests, 10.78+%
  • Tulare: 15,114 cases (+71), 247 (+1) deaths, est. 116,262 tests, 13.00+%
  • Kings: 6,918 cases (+24), 76 deaths, 65,049 tests, 10.64+%
  • Kern: 30,563 cases (+23), 322 deaths (+15), 179,234 tests, 17.04+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 91,646 (+343)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,169 (+28)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.28%
  • 7 Counties tests: 705,511 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 12.99%
The weekly report is showing improvement of the situation in the central valley but also underscores the spread is still going on and we are still far from the baseline required for us to be able to resume life as it was before the pandemic. The coronavirus is not a hoax, it is a dangerous emerging disease we must respect and fight with care and compassion, as we await the development of a fully tested, safe, and effective vaccine. Until then, wear a mask, stay away from large gatherings, wash your hands, and use common sense. We can only do this if we all do it together. Let us learn from other countries: France was down to 152 new cases per day on June, but three months later, reported 19,249 new cases in the last 48 hours. We must remain vigilant and humbly learn from other countries' mistakes how to fight this disease more effectively.
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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