Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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September 2, 2020 -- India is now the first nation to have confirmed over 80,000 new coronavirus infections in a single day. The leap to 82,860 new cases is documenting the large country's accelerating viral spread, so much that India will likely overtake Brazil’s second rank of most infected countries, only five days from today. Many other countries published robust numbers nearing the apex of their respective epidemiological curves, all over the world: Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, Iraq, Indonesia, Ukraine (new peak today), Israel, Morocco, Romania, and Lebanon. Today, 6,057 more of our brothers and sisters have lost their battle against the deadly disease that also infected 276,655 more people on earth in the last 24 hours.

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 26,174,133 (+276,655)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 867,156 (+6,057)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 3.31%
  • COVID-19 Global testing: 520,186,525 confirmed tests (+3,276,333)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.03%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 8.70%

*:incomplete data set - please note the global testing number is up to 160 million tests (from 90,410,000 published in late June). For obvious reasons, I have not used that difference to calculate the positivity rates.
Tip: click on any of the graphs for larger and clearer images and click on READ MORE to view the complete articles.Also, please forgive the occasional typos.
India COVID-19 data

  • 3,848,968 cases (+82,860) PEAK
  • 67,486 deaths (+1,026)
  • 44,337,201 tests (+1,012,367)
  • positivity rate 8.58%
Ukraine COVID-19 data

  • 125,789 cases (+2,495) PEAK
  • 2,656 deaths (+51) PEAK
  • 1,597,707 tests (+41,052)
  • positivity rate 7.87%

In the US
Coronavirus Maps: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak? | npr.org

More than 6 million people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 180,000 have died. Tens of thousands of new cases are reported daily. Some state outbreaks are worse than others. In the graphics below, explore the trends in your state.

View the data via a heat map (immediately below), curve charts, a table of state-by-state trends over four weeks, or a map of total cases and deaths.

The map above shows the risk of infection in each state based on new daily cases per capita. These color-coded risk levels were developed by a consortium of researchers and public health experts. The group advises states in the red category to issue stay-home orders. Orange states may need to consider stay-home orders, along with increased testing and contact tracing. Yellow states need to keep up social distancing and mask usage, and both yellow and green states should continue testing and contact tracing.

To compare state outbreaks, the chart above graphs trend lines for average new daily cases and deaths against each state's totals to date. This type of visualization highlights a state's daily growth or decline relative to the overall size of its outbreak.

COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 6,290,425 (+40,899)
  • Deaths: 189,941 (+1,067)
  • Death rate: 3.02%
  • Testing: 84,051,039 individual tests (+707,705)
  • Positivity rate: 7.48%
  • Single-day positivity date: 5.78%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 721,783 COVID-19 cases, 13,323 deaths
  2. Texas: 652,228 COVID-19 cases, 13,244 deaths
  3. Florida: 633,442 COVID-19 cases, 11,503 deaths
  4. New York: 468,230 COVID-19 cases, 33,052 deaths
  5. Georgia: 274,613 COVID-19 cases, 5,795 deaths
In California
Foster Farms shut down California facility over COVID-19. So why doesn’t it look closed? | calmatters.org
Foster Farms shut down its main chicken processing facility in Livingston on Tuesday evening amid a coronavirus outbreak that health officials say has claimed the lives of at least eight workers.

About 1,400 employees were sent home with pay until at least Monday, Sept. 7, according to a statement by the company. They will be tested twice during the shutdown. However, the complex employs around 3,700 people, and the other facilities will continue to run this week.

“It is important to recognize that the Merced Public Health Order permits the continued operation of these other facilities,” Heidi White, senior vice president of Fineman PR, told The Bee.

The other facilities will also undergo two rounds of testing, Foster Farms said in a statement.

“In totality, all full time employees, part time employees, inclusive of cleaning crews, will have been tested and cleared for return to work as of September 7. Foster Farms will continue to regularly test its Livingston Poultry Complex to ensure that the prevalence of COVID-19 remains mitigated,” the statement reads.

Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation, who toured the plant last week with the state treasurer, said the other buildings that will remain open include the packaging facility, the administration building, and storage, where packages are sent before loading them onto... 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:

9/2/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 40 new cases bringing the total number of reported cases to 3,876.
Of the 3,876:
  • 405 active case (including 18 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 3,416 recovered (79 released from isolation) 
  • 55 deceased 

Today, the seven local counties together confirmed 740 new infections and 9 new coronavirus deaths (in Merced, Kings, and Tulare counties). After many weeks of incomplete updates, Kings county significantly refreshed its testing data, adding 24,916 previously unreported tests. Consequently, the new data has positively affected Kings county's and the valley's overall positivity rates. 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, 4,990 tests, 1.46+%
  • Merced: 8,122 cases (+41), 119 deaths (+1), 43,981 tests, 18.47+%
  • Madera: 3,876 cases (+40), 55 deaths, 41,293 tests, 9.39+%
  • Fresno: 25,542 cases (+357), 290 deaths, 208,800 tests, 12.23+%
  • Tulare: 14,442 cases (+137), 240 deaths (+6), est. 111,092 tests, 13.00+%
  • Kings: 6,362 cases (+22), 74 deaths (+2), 59,765 tests, 10.65+%
  • Kern: 29,602 cases (+143), 292 deaths, 170,856 tests, 17.33+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 88,019 (+740)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,072 (+9)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.22%
  • 7 Counties tests: 640,777 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 13.74%
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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