Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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October 2, 2020 -- The global spread reached new heights today, with 353,661 new recorded infections and 5,700 covid-19 deaths in a single day. The spread in India seems to be settling around 80,000 new daily cases and will likely overtake the United States as the most infected country on earth in about three weeks, if the US can control its overall national infection rate, which, absent a national policy, seems unlikely. Today many countries broke their single day records, notably Argentina, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czechia, and Lebanon. The UK, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Indonesia, and Morocco published near peak numbers while Spain, Bangladesh, Italy, Honduras, France, and Portugal confirmed their spread is aggressively accelerating. Czechia, ranked 48th globally, was ranked 63rd only two weeks ago, and Lebanon jumped from its 99th global rank on the day of the massive harbor explosion 98/4/2020) to 65th, two short months later.

COVID-19 in the world today

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 34,823,216 (+353,661)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 1,033,174 (+5,700)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 2,97%
  • COVID-19 Global testing*: 660,492,111 confirmed tests (+5,121,603)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.27%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 6.14%

*:incomplete data set.
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Netherlands COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 30
  • 127,922 cases (+3,825) peak
  • 6,428 deaths (+9)
  • 2,449,577 tests
  • positivity rate 5.22%
Belgium COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 33
  • 121,059 cases (+2,067) peak
  • 10,023 deaths (+7)
  • 3,284,217 tests (+48,090)
  • positivity rate 3.69%
Poland COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 41
  • 95,773 cases (+2,292) peak
  • 2,570 deaths (+27)
  • 3,390,790 tests
  • positivity rate 2,82%
Lebanon COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 65
  • 42,173 cases (+1,291) peak
  • 386 deaths (+12)
  • 866,663 tests (+15,943)
  • positivity rate 4.87%
3 of the world’s most powerful Covid-19 deniers have gotten the virus | vox.com
The most powerful leader in the world has tested positive for the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump confirmed his diagnosis in a tweet early Friday, joining a growing list of world leaders who’ve contracted the virus. That list includes a number of leaders who’ve downplayed or mishandled the pandemic at points, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

These figures are, in many ways, symbols of their failed policies, but also of deeper problems in the systems and societies they oversee.

Whether Trump’s diagnosis will reshape his response to the coronavirus is unknowable at this point, and the same goes for whether it will change how the country perceives his leadership during the pandemic.

By many metrics, the United States has failed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Trump’s positive coronavirus test comes about eight months into the pandemic, with the United States leading the world in both number of cases and deaths: more than 7.2 million confirmed and more than 208,000 dead.

The president downplayed the pandemic early on, and knowingly misled the public, as he admitted to journalist Bob Woodward. He worked against his own government’s guidelines, encouraging states to reopen prematurely. He has been wishy-washy on mask-wearing and has hosted major rallies in recent weeks — mass gatherings that violate states’ pandemic restrictions.

Much of this was “magical thinking” — that somehow the United States would overcome the coronavirus, that it would just go away without intervention and restrictions. That was never going to happen. As Vox’s German Lopez writes, that magical thinking has guided Trump before and after the pandemic hit the... READ MORE
In the US
The US ended the day with 51,379 new cases, its highest report in 11 days, as the week saw the national curve inching up again, fueled by high plateaus, spikes, and daily records in many midwestern states. Nebraska reached a new single-day high while spikes in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Indiana moved each state up a national rank in total infections. Beside the larger states of California, Texas, and Florida, still struggling with stubborn contagion, a long list of states featured large new infections numbers: Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nevada, North and South Dakota. Today, COVID-19 killed 863 more Americans.
Nebraska COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 35
  • 46,977 cases (+792) peak
  • 508 deaths (+15)
  • 644,632 tests
  • positivity rate 7.29%
Ohio COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 13
  • 156,892 cases (+1,481) spike
  • 4,911 deaths (+79) spike
  • 3,262,736 tests
  • positivity rate 4.81%
Wisconsin COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 20
  • 127,906 cases (+2,745) spike
  • 1,353 deaths (+5)
  • 1,573,477 tests
  • positivity rate 8.13%
Indiana COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 22
  • 122,640 cases (+1,464) spike
  • 3,658 deaths (+13)
  • 2,108,748 tests
  • positivity rate 5.82%
World Reacts to Trump’s Diagnosis With Shock, Unease and Some Derision | nytimes.com
LONDON — Some pointed to the irony of it. Others offered well wishes. More than a few said it was just deserts.

From London to Rome to Nairobi, the revelation on Friday that President Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus was met with a mix of surprise and unease, even as some saw it as a comeuppance.

Many pointed out that Mr. Trump had contracted the virus after disregarding health protocols and downplaying the pandemic while it ran rampant in the United States. Others noted his dismissal of scientific advice about the pandemic, which has been core to his messaging around the virus.

“I am sorry, but he deserved it,” said Vincenzo Altobelli, 27, an engineer from Milan who was visiting his brother in central Rome. His brother, Cuono Altobelli, a financial analyst who joined him for an after-breakfast walk, agreed.

“He kept sending the message that coronavirus was not a serious thing,” he said. “If you sow wind, you can only reap a tempest.”

The French newspaper Le Monde published a cartoon depicting President Trump sitting in a corner of a boxing ring, unmasked, with his opponent in the opposite corner — the coronavirus. Outside the ring, his Democratic challenger in the presidential campaign, Joseph R. Biden Jr., was wearing a mask with arms folded.

Many Twitter users around the world made a point of mocking President Trump’s suggestion in April that injecting or ingesting a disinfectant might aid in combating the virus.

Others were more sympathetic to the president’s plight.

In Berlin, Frank Wortmann, 49, said he was surprised about the result and wished the president well.

“It goes to show you it can get anyone, from the president of the United States on down,” he said.

In Kenya as in much of the world, the hashtag #TrumpHasCovid was the top trending topic on Twitter.

Patrick Gathara, 48, a Kenyan political commentator, said that while there was an immediate reaction from many that...  READ MORE
COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 7,549,299 (+51,379)
  • Deaths: 213,523 (+867)
  • Death rate: 2.83%
  • Testing: 109,503,783 individual tests (+1,071,823)
  • Positivity rate: 6.89%
  • Single-day positivity date: 4.79%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 826,690 COVID-19 cases, 16,075 deaths
  2. Texas: 797,122 COVID-19 cases, 16,344 deaths
  3. Florida: 711,804 COVID-19 cases, 14,557 deaths
  4. New York: 496,314 COVID-19 cases, 33,289 deaths
  5. Georgia: 320,634 COVID-19 cases, 7,106 deaths
In California
In California Trump Country, supporters struggling to process the president having COVID-19 | latimes.com
Mike Murray was lying on the couch late Thursday, scrolling through his Facebook feed on his phone when he saw the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19.

Almost immediately, Murray started seeing people on social media celebrating the president’s illness and mocking him, and that stock market futures were tumbling.

“I did not sleep well because of it,” said Murray, a member of the Republican Central Committee in conservative Placer County. “It’s sad. I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody, and seeing some of the comments, people laughing and mocking — there’s an old man that just got COVID and you’re putting up smiling emojis.

“I’m a Trump supporter, but if Joe Biden came down with it, I would feel awful for him,” he added.

Trump, whose coronavirus diagnosis was announced at 1 a.m. Friday EDT, was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later on Friday. The White House said he was expected to stay there “for the next few days” and was experiencing only mild, cold-like symptoms. His doctor released a letter saying the president was “fatigued but in good spirits.”

In Placer County, a slice of Trump Country in blue California, reactions to the president’s illness fell along party lines, just as they have all across this deeply divided nation in a year defined by the pandemic, economic despair, racial inequity and natural disasters.

Conservatives said they wished the president a speedy recovery and said he’s done the best he can with the pandemic, trying to keep people hopeful and the economy from tanking. Liberals openly celebrated the diagnosis — or thought the president was faking it.

Placer County stretches from the northeastern suburbs of Sacramento through gold rush towns to the Nevada border at Lake Tahoe. It is increasingly an outlier in California, represented in the state Legislature by five Republicans and... READ MORE
  • COVID-19 California cases: 826,690 (+3,997)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 16,075 (+86)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.94%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 14,868,431 individual tests (+96,580)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.56%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 4.14%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

10/2/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 25 cases from the public and 3 from Valley State Prison (total 31 cases) bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,642. We also regret to report 2 additional deaths.

Of the 4,642:
  • 443 active case (including 5 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 4,129 recovered (28 released from isolation)
  • 70 deceased

2 additional deaths
  • Male, 60s, no underlying conditions
  • Female, 60S, underlying conditions

Today, the seven local counties together confirmed 353 new infections and 23 new coronavirus deaths. COVID-19 has killed 1,342 of our neighbors in the last 29 weeks. In the last week, 1,945 new cases and 44 covid-19 deaths have been confirmed in the 7 monitored counties -- caveat: Kings county has been unable to release new data for two days. 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. On a positive note, the county of Mariposa has not seen a new coronavirus case or related death in the last two weeks.
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 76 cases, 2 deaths, 5,998 tests, 1.27+%
  • Merced: 9,033 cases (+14), 145 deaths, 55,498 tests, 16.28+%
  • Madera: 4,642 cases (+25), 70 deaths (+2), 58,553 tests, 7.93+%
  • Fresno: 28,418 cases (+78), 399 deaths (+9), 293,885 tests, 9.67+%
  • Tulare: 16,399 cases (+77), 265 deaths (+2), est. 136,658 tests, 12.00+%
  • Kings: 7,682 cases (missing data), 80 deaths, 81,329 tests, 9.45+%
  • Kern: 32,343 cases (+159), 381 deaths (+10), 196,012 tests, 16.50+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 98,593 (+353)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,322 (+23)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.36%
  • 7 Counties tests: 827,933 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 11.91%
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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