Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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November 6, 2020 -- The United States is clearly in trouble with a fast accelerating pace of infections spreading nationwide, beating its own daily record three days in a row, and reporting 50,000 more infections today than it did on its most infections summer day back in July. France reported the second highest daily total behind the US today and is poised to overtake Russia’s fourth global rank of most covid-19 infected countries. The French government is sounding the alarm with only about 1,800 ICU beds available nationwide. Today the country of 66 million reported 828 covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours and the highest European daily single-day count of 60,486 new infections. Globally, the situation is dire as the covid-19 calamity is accelerating worldwide, reporting over 600,000 new cases two days straight. It is now quite conceivable that the world will approach a daily count of one million new infections, as covid-19 keeps carving a sharp vertical epidemiological curve through our planet. The daily global death toll is also sobering, reaching 9,159 victims today, averaging 7,823 daily over the last week. In the last seven days, 3,754,331 more global infections were confirmed (a humbling daily average of 536,333 new cases) and the coronavirus has killed 54,760 of our brothers and sisters in the last 168 hours.

COVID-19 in the world today:

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 49,646,498 (+638,039) peak
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 1,247,974 (+9,159)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 2.51%
  • COVID-19 Global testing*: 857,826,490 confirmed tests (+6,626,380)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.79%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 9.36%

*:incomplete data set.
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Russia COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 4
  • 1,733,440 cases (+20,582) peak
  • 29,887 deaths (+378)
  • 63,541,298 tests (+541,298)
  • positivity rate 2.74%
Italy COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 12
  • 862,681 cases (+37,809) peak
  • 40,638 deaths (+446)
  • 16,951,896 tests (+234,245)
  • positivity rate 5.09%
Germany COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 15
  • 641,362 cases (+22.246) peak
  • 11,364 deaths (+174)
  • 23,393,311 tests
  • positivity rate 2.74%
France COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 5
  • 1,661,853 cases (+60,486) peak
  • 39,865 deaths (+828)
  • 17,367,177 tests (+311,376)
  • positivity rate 9.88%
The time is now to develop a testing strategy for asymptomatic Covid-19 cases, CDC director says | cnn.com
As the US recorded its five highest days of coronavirus cases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said this is the perfect time to develop a strategy to better detect asymptomatic cases.

The nationwide seven-day average of new daily cases now stands at about 86,363 -- more than double what it was on September 4, data from Johns Hopkins University show. The rising numbers affirm experts' warnings another surge is well underway and will only get worse.

"Now is the time to develop a testing strategy to maximize our ability to identify the silent epidemic of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections," Redfield tweeted Wednesday. By the CDC's estimate, 40% of people with Covid-19 show no symptoms.

Redfield's tweet described a weekend meeting with fellow White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to discuss testing and mitigation efforts in Utah. On Tuesday, Utah was among 21 states that saw their peak seven-day average for new daily cases.

Dr. Thomas Tsai of the Harvard Global Health Institute told CNN in an email the time to develop a national testing strategy to identify asymptomatic Covid-19 infections passed a few months ago.

"But that ship has sailed," Tsai said. "Now is the time to implement a testing strategy focused on screening of asymptomatic individuals."

Scientists mobilize against herd immunity approach

An international group of scientists has written a response to a push for a "herd immunity" approach to managing the pandemic, which would involve letting the virus spread.

The WHO last week denounced the herd approach—a term used for vaccines—as "scientifically and ethically problematic," because it could greatly boost deaths and expose more people to a virus that may have long-term health consequences. However, a document, known as the Great Barrington declaration, with a list of supporters of the approach was reportedly embraced by the White House.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has denounced the document, and pushback gained more steam today with the publication in The Lancet of the John Snow Memorandum, which includes scientific references and has now been signed by more than 2,000 scientists, researchers, and health professionals.
In the US
Today, 37 states reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections. The US broke yesterday's national daily record of new cases with a stunning 129,783 new positive tests as of 6:00pm PDT. The novel coronavirus killed 1,221 more Americans in the last 24 hours and 7,045 of our brothers and sisters in the last seven days (1,006 daily national average), while infecting 709,828 more patients (100,598 daily national average). The US map above clearly illustrates that more states are joining the heartland, painted in bright red, as the aggressive spread is expanding into more states with active or imminent outbreaks. Also today, Texas became the first state in the Union to pass the symbolic one million infections mark, and is now back in red. On this day, Illinois, Wisconsin (now in the top ten most infected states), North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Utah, Arkansas, Nevada, Kansas, and North Dakota all broke their daily infections records with many other states reporting numbers close to their top watermark. The US is the first nation to have confirmed over 10 million covid-19 infections and will be the first country to report over a quarter million coronavirus related deaths before the end of next week.
Illinois COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 5
  • 465,540 cases (+10,578) peak
  • 10,397 deaths (+84)
  • 8,215,129 tests (+98,401)
  • positivity rate 5.67%
  • 24hr positivity rate: 10.75%
Wisconsin COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 9
  • 256,065 cases (+6,141) peak
  • 2,256 deaths (+62)
  • 2,152,522 tests (+20,785)
  • positivity rate 11.90%
  • death rate: 29.55%
Nevada COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 32
  • 106,922 cases (+1,562) peak
  • 1,845 deaths (+21)
  • 1,312,492 tests (+13,371)
  • positivity rate 8.15%
  • 24hr positivity rate: 11.68%
North Dakota COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 39
  • 51,602 cases (+1,765) peak
  • 613 deaths (+17)
  • 305,665 tests (+2,695)
  • positivity rate 16.88%
  • 24hr positivity rate: 65.49%
COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 10,055,829 (+129,783) PEAK
  • Deaths: 242,203 (+1,221)
  • Death rate: 2.41%
  • Testing: 155,141,095 individual tests (+1,546,274)
  • Positivity rate: 6.48%
  • Single-day positivity date: 8.39%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. Texas: 1,007,155 COVID-19 cases, 19,154 deaths
  2. California: 965,523 COVID-19 cases, 17,939 deaths
  3. Florida: 832,625 COVID-19 cases, 17,016 deaths
  4. New York: 558,950 COVID-19 cases, 33,786 deaths
  5. Illinois: 465,540 COVID-19 cases, 10,397 deaths
In California
Coronavirus updates: California reports highest one-day case total since late August | sacbee.com
Though it remains too early to definitively call it a surge, California’s coronavirus activity is growing more concerning by the day.

The state’s numbers are not yet close to breaking any record highs for the pandemic, as the U.S. has already done twice this week with more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases pouring in Wednesday and another 121,000 Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

But there are clear trends of elevating infection and hospital rates, a pattern that started to emerge in California’s data around mid-October and that has shown little sign of slowing down.

After averaging fewer than 3,200 new cases per day in the first two weeks of October, daily cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease have now soared to nearly than 4,600 in the past two weeks, the California Department of Public Health reported in a daily update Friday.

The state on Friday reported 6,518 new cases, the most in one day since Aug. 22. The state crossed 950,000 total lab-confirmed infections for the pandemic, with the death toll now at 17,866.

  • COVID-19 California cases: 965,523 (+6,645)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 17,939 (+75)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.86%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 19,396,349 individual tests (+129,986)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 4.98%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 5.11%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

11/6/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 24 cases from the public and 6 from Valley State Prison (total 30 cases) bringing the total number of reported cases to 5,249.

Of the 5,249:
  • 409 active case (including 6 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)
  • 4,764 recovered (11 released from isolation)
  • 76 deceased
Madera County is averaging 20.86 new cases per 100,000 residents, with 292 new cases revealed over the last 14 days. We need to get down to an average of 11 cases per day or 154 cases over 14 days to switch from purple to red (from "widespread" to "substantial" contagion risk).

Today, the seven local counties together confirmed 624 new infections and 9 new coronavirus deaths. In the combined 7 counties, COVID-19 has infected 109,895 and has killed 1,506 residents of our region since it claimed its first central valley victim, in Madera, on March 26, 2020. The weekly trend has been up three weeks in a row, from 1,883 new weekly cases three weeks ago to 2,716 new infections in the last seven 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.
COVID-19 in Madera + 6 local counties (+% is the positivity rate)

  • Mariposa: 81 cases, 2 deaths, 7,425 tests, 1.09+%
  • Merced: 9,982 cases (+66), 164 deaths (+1), 66,151 tests, 15.09+%
  • Madera: 5,249 cases (+30), 76 deaths, 77,128 tests, 6.81+%
  • Fresno: 32,430 cases (210), 454 deaths (+7), 377,862 tests, 8.58+%
  • Tulare: 18,312 cases (+195), 297 deaths, est. 152,600 tests, 12.00+%
  • Kings: 8,778 cases (+33), 83 deaths, 117,028 tests, 7.50+%
  • Kern: 35,063 cases (+90), 429 deaths (+1), 227,775 tests, 15.39+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 109,895 (+624)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,506 (+9)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.37%
  • 7 Counties tests: 1,025,969 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 10.71%
Cases in the local counties have been inching up for three weeks -- up 270 to 2,716 new infections from last week -- and covid-19 related fatalities are up by 6 to 30 covid deaths since last week. The virus is gaining ground again in the central valley and in California.
Keep observing the simple yet proven safety 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
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