Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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September 29, 2020 -- Today’s global numbers ended at the new daily average of just under 300,000 new confirmed cases per day. India, the United States, and Brazil ended with reports within the midrange of previous weeks’ oscillations. Globally 4th ranked Russia has been releasing increasing numbers for a few weeks, today reaching over 8,000 new daily cases for the first time since the middle of June, while the UK, the Netherlands, and Argentina broke their daily records once again. In other regions of the world, Iran, Poland, Iraq, Indonesia, Romania, Belgium, France, Columbia, and Peru confirmed a worrisome rising spread within their borders. The US appears to be heading towards a new period of growing spread, with rising r-effective rates in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Montana, Utah, Idaho, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Texas and Florida experienced a sharp rise from yesterday’s numbers while California, still ranked first in total cumulative cases, released the third highest report of new cases today. Sadly, the Golden State also confirmed the highest number of single-day COVID-19 deaths of any state in the nation for the day.

COVID-19 in the world today

  • COVID-19 Global cases: 33,837,157 (+291,104)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 1,012,541 (+6,278)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 2.99%
  • COVID-19 Global testing*: 644,922,905 confirmed tests (+4,641,868)
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.25%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 6.18%

*:incomplete data set.
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Netherlands COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 32
  • 117,551 cases (+3,011) peak
  • 6,393 deaths (+13)
  • 2,449,577 tests
  • positivity rate 4.80%
Great Britain COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 14
  • 446,156 cases (+7,143) peak
  • 42,072 deaths (+71)
  • 24,249,112 tests (+232,401)
  • positivity rate 1.84%
Argentina COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 8
  • 736,609 cases (+13,477) peak
  • 16,519 deaths (+406)
  • 1,951,789 tests
  • positivity rate 37.74%
Russia COVID-19 data

  • global rank: 4
  • 1,167,805 cases (+8,232)
  • 20,545 deaths (+160)
  • 45,600,000 tests (+200,000)
  • positivity rate 2.56%
Covid-19: Milestones of the global pandemic | bbc.com
The Covid-19 pandemic began last year in a city in central China, but has since grown to affect nearly every country on earth. The virus has put world leaders in hospital while exposing inequality. It has asked major questions of governments and encroached on the daily lives of billions. And it shows no signs of ending any time soon.

As the number of deaths passes one million, we take a look at some of the landmarks along the way.

9 January 2020 - First reported death
January was a big month for news - it saw the US assassinate an important Iranian general, rampant wildfires in Australia and the death of basketball great Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash.

We didn't know it at the time, but the biggest story emerged from China, which the BBC first reported as a cluster of cases of a "mysterious viral pneumonia" in the city of Wuhan.

On 11 January, China reported its first confirmed death from the virus - a 61-year-old male resident of the city.

Chinese scientists identified the illness as a type of coronavirus, which cause different diseases from the common cold to more severe ones like Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There were early signs of the kind of response that would later be commonplace around the world - the outbreak prompted Singapore and Hong Kong to bring in screening processes for travellers from Wuhan.

There were also fears the virus could spread rapidly as hundreds of millions of people in China prepared to travel around the country for Chinese New Year.

But it was still unclear how the illness was transmitted, with health officials saying no cases of human-to-human transmission had been confirmed.

At that point, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was aware of the outbreak, it was in contact with the Chinese government and it was closely monitoring the event.

28 January 2020 - 100 deaths

By the end of the month, the toll had passed 100, with infections rising fast. It spread beyond Wuhan, both into other parts of China and to at least 16 countries around the world.... READ MORE
In the US
The U.S. is ‘not in a good place’ as daily coronavirus cases grow beyond 40,000, Fauci says | cnbc.com
The United States is “not in a good place” as colder months loom and the number of newly reported coronavirus cases continues to swell beyond 40,000 people every day, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. 

Covid-19 cases were growing by 5% or more, based on a weekly average to smooth out daily reporting, in 26 states as of Sunday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming reached record-high averages. 

Cases grew by nearly 9% nationwide compared with a week ago, moving just above 44,300 new cases on average as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins data. 

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said for weeks that the U.S. is reporting an “unacceptably high” number of new coronavirus cases every day. The country should aim for daily new cases below 10,000, not around 40,000 as it currently stands, he said. 

“There are states that are starting to show an uptick in cases and even some increase in hospitalizations in some states,” Fauci told the ABC program “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Monday. 

“And I hope not, but we very might well start seeing increases in deaths,” Fauci said. He added that he’s concerned about being in “a position like that as the weather starts getting cold.”

COVID-19 in the USA

  • Cases: 7,405,865 (+43,946)
  • Deaths: 210,763 (+955)
  • Death rate: 2.85%
  • Testing: 106,110,647 individual tests (+708,941)
  • Positivity rate: 6.98%
  • Single-day positivity date: 6.20%
US top 5 infected states:

  1. California: 816,280 COVID-19 cases, 15,791deaths
  2. Texas: 783,321 COVID-19 cases, 16,003 deaths
  3. Florida: 704,568 COVID-19 cases, 14,144 deaths
  4. New York: 492,057 COVID-19 cases, 33,233 deaths
  5. Georgia: 316,306 COVID-19 cases, 6,994 deaths
In California
California parks and playgrounds can reopen, with some COVID-19 restrictions | sacbee.com
California playgrounds can now reopen statewide under all coronavirus risk tiers, according to new guidance released by the state.

The California Department of Public Health on Monday issued guidance explaining how outdoor playgrounds and other recreational facilities must be used during the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance does not cover indoor playgrounds or family entertainment centers, which must remain closed.

The new rules require that everyone 2 years of age and older wear a face covering, and that children remain under adult supervision to ensure that masks stay on.

The guidance also requires that playgrounds post a maximum capacity, and that different households maintain a distance of six feet from each other.

Eating and drinking is restricted, in order to ensure mask use, and visits should be limited to 30 minutes when others are present, under the new guidance.

The guidance comes nearly two weeks after a group of nearly two dozen California lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom urging him to reopen parks and playgrounds.

“As a parent yourself, you know how important it is for children to have opportunities to expend their physical energy and play. However, especially in lower-income communities, families may have little to no outdoor space of their own available. Public parks and playgrounds provide a critical shared outdoor resource for families, but the indefinite closure further disadvantages children who have limited other options for outdoor recreation and physical activity,” the letter read in part.

  • COVID-19 California cases: 816,280 (+3,023)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 15,791 (+150)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.93%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 14,613,545 individual tests (+128,693)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 5.59%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 2.35%
In the Central Valley
The Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update:

9/29/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Reporting 18 new cases from the public bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,557.
Of the 4,557:

  • 503 active case (including 8 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County)  
  • 3,989 recovered (12 released from isolation) 
  • 65 deceased 

Today, the seven local counties together confirmed 350 new infections and 8 new coronavirus deaths. COVID-19 has killed 1,312 of our neighbors in the last 28 weeks. 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: 75 cases, 2 deaths, 5,883 tests, 1.27+%
  • Merced: 8,961 cases (+22), 143 deaths, 54,717 tests, 16.38+%
  • Madera: 4,557 cases (+18), 65 deaths, 56,755 tests, 8.03+%
  • Fresno: 28,126 cases (+96), 390 deaths (+8), 287,333 tests, 9.79+%
  • Tulare: 16,204 cases (+133), 263 deaths, est. 135,033 tests, 12.00+%
  • Kings: 7,678 cases (+27), 80 deaths, 80,410 tests, 9.55+%
  • Kern: 32,073 cases (+54), 369 deaths, 193,476 tests, 16.58+%

COVID-19 in the 7 counties together

  • 7 counties cases: 97,674 (+350)
  • 7 counties deaths: 1,312 (+8)
  • 7 counties death rate: 1.34%
  • 7 Counties tests: 813,607 (est.)
  • 7 Counties positivity rate: 12.01%
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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