Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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December 1, 2020 -- Over one billion people have now been tested for the novel coronavirus. Tomorrow, Poland will become the 13th nation with over 1 million covid-19 infections. Today's global death toll is the second highest and the world has added 4,671,148 new cases in the last week, a massive daily average of 667,307 positive tests.

Last week, Turkey exploded with new cases after averaging under 3,000 daily cases, for many months, to around 30,000 daily new infections every day for the last seven days. Our Canadian neighbors broke their daily record yesterday, as cases had been sharply rising since the Canadian Thanksgiving, back in mid October. The US will likely experience a similar rise in cases, with potentially terrifying numbers as we celebrate Christmas. Mexico is also seeing a troubling uptick in new daily cases and rising daily death reports.

COVID-19 in the world today:

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 64,179,499 (+576,938)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 1,485,778 (+11,887)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 2.32%
  • COVID-19 Global testing*: 1,014,859,761 confirmed tests (+8,690,148)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 6.32%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 6.64%

*: incomplete data set.
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England Lockdown Cuts Virus Cases 30%, Study Shows | bloomberg.com
Cases of coronavirus in England fell 30% after lockdown measures were rolled out in November, according to a study by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI U.K. Ltd.

The findings show cases were rising as the country entered a four-week lockdown on Nov. 5 and that a sharp decrease followed as national restrictions were rolled out, according to the report published on Monday.

The study supports findings “that stronger measures would be needed in some areas to prevent the epidemic from growing and that local tiers needed to be toughened to keep the virus under control once national measures end this week,” the report said.

The results come as lockdown measures in England are due to end this week and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing opposition from some in his Conservative Party to his plan to replace the lockdown with a tiered system of restrictions for different areas. Hopes are that a vaccine can be administered quickly, beginning as soon as next month.

Turkey COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 18
  • 668,957 cases (+30,110)
  • 13,936 deaths (+190)
  • 18,772,604 tests (+180,312)
  • positivity rate 3.56%
  • 24hr positivity rate: 16.70%
Canada COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 29
  • 378,139 cases (+7,861) PEAK
  • 12,130 deaths (+98)
  • 11,475,642 tests
  • positivity rate 3.30%
  • 24hr positivity rate: 12.46%
In the US
Last week, CovidActNow added a new color: the dark red is now used to indicate severe outbreaks. The map now also works at the county level (see below).
38 states reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours. Today’s national report reached 182,172 new cases. Covid-19 killed 2,611 Americans today, the highest daily death toll since April 21st. Florida became the third state with over 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections. A record 98,691 covid-19 patients are hospitalized today in the United States. The numbers are worsening every day: the hospitalization numbers never broke 60,000 during the first two waves (see graph above), but will likely pass 100,000 tomorrow. This means that the daily number of COVID-19 victims will keep growing and probably settle above a horrific 4,000 daily average, before Christmas. November 2020 was the most infectious month of the pandemic with almost 4.5 million new confirmed covid-19 cases in the US.
New Jersey COVID-19 deaths

  • national rank: 13
  • 350,039 cases (+5,062) peak
  • 17,228 deaths (+84)
  • 6,086,496 tests
  • positivity rate 5.75%
  • 24hr positivity rate: N/A
Arizona COVID-19 data

  • national rank: 15
  • 337,139 cases (+5,983) peak
  • 6,687 deaths (+48)
  • 2,637,138 tests (+18,824)
  • positivity rate 12.78%
  • 24hr positivity rate: 31.78%
COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 14,108,490 (+182,172)
  • Deaths: 276,976 (+2,611)
  • Death rate: 1.96%
  • Testing: 196,205,130 individual tests (+1,291,434)
  • Positivity rate 7.19%
  • Single-day positivity date: 14.11%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. Texas: 1,280,720 COVID-19 cases, 22,294 deaths
  2. California: 1,251,125 COVID-19 cases, 19,303 deaths
  3. Florida: 1,008,166 COVID-19 cases, 18,683 deaths
  4. Illinois: 738,846 COVID-19 cases, 13,131 deaths
  5. New York: 694,060 COVID-19 cases, 34,655 deaths
In California
California's coronavirus curfew: what are the rules and will it work? | theguardian.com
Coronavirus live updates: California sees 3rd-straight day of record hospitalizations

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)
California's new daily cases peaked again today.

  • COVID-19 California cases: 1,251,125 (+16,893)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 19,323 (+113)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.54%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 24,161,313 individual tests (+136,142)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.18%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 12.41%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

12/1/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 13 cases from the public and 43 from Valley State Prison (total 56 cases) bringing the total number of reported cases to 6,346. 
Of the 6,346:
  • 1,016 active case (including 18 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)  
  • 5,244 recovered (18 released from isolation) 
  • 86 deceased 
Madera County is averaging 58 new cases per day (36 per 100K), with 408 new cases revealed over the last 7days. We need to get down to an average of 11 cases per day or 77 cases over 7 days to switch from purple to red (from "widespread" to "substantial" contagion risk).

Today, the seven local counties together reported 1,584 new infections and 13 new coronavirus deaths. In the combined 7 counties, COVID-19 has infected 133,106 people and has killed 1,609 residents of our region since it claimed its first central valley victim, in Madera, on March 26, 2020.

Mariposa County peaked today with 12 cases in one day and one death, the third in the county since the beginning of the pandemic. Over the last 8 months, Mariposa county had accumulated 81 positive covid-19 cases and 2 related deaths. In less than 4 weeks, the cases have grown by 77% to 143.

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: 143 cases (+12) PEAK, 3 deaths (+1), 9,140 tests, 1.56+%
  • Merced: 12,281 cases (+106), 182 deaths (+1), 77,775 tests, 15.79+%
  • Madera: 6,346 cases (+56), 86 deaths (+1), 97,539 tests, 6.51+%
  • Fresno: 38,956 cases (266), 488 deaths (+7), 4667,962 tests, 8.32+%
  • Tulare: 21,332 cases (+419), 312 deaths, est. 213,320 tests, 10.00+%
  • Kings: 11,434 cases (+68), 89 deaths (+2), 155,236 tests, 7.34+%
  • Kern: 42,614 cases (+657), 449 deaths (+1), 265,754 tests, 16.04+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 133,106 (+1,580)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,609 (+13)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.21%
  • 7 Counties tests: 1,287,306 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 10.34%
This is the 37th weekly report since the pandemic reached the central valley (for the week ending last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving). Sadly, the local surge is following the national trend. This week's report is the highest it has been since the third week of August, with 7,441 new cases detected in the 7 counties and a surge in covid-19 related deaths (+32).
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
Workingarts Marketing, inc.

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