Coronavirus UPDATE: Recap 7/10/20

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Coronavirus UPDATE: Recap 7/8/20

(WellnessPursuits.com) – The US surpassed 3 million reported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 7 as infection rates accelerated again in more than 39 states. California, Texas and Florida have experienced the highest rates of infection this week.

The daily average number of cases being reported over the last week is 54,800 per day, an increase of 8,400 cases per day over last week, suggesting an acceleration rate of around 20 percent, nationwide. Regionally, infection rates are accelerating much faster.

We have more details on this and other highlights from the week:

COVID-19: Snapshot of the Week

Last week, as of 9:00 AM EDT (13:00 GMT), July 3, 2020, the reported worldwide numbers were 11,033,096 cases and 525,141 deaths in 213 countries and territories. There were 6,185,435 recoveries reported worldwide.

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The US had 2,838,922 reported cases and 131,544 deaths. New York accounted for 419,640 of those cases and 32,166 of those deaths. California (247,743 reported cases), Texas (183,044 reported cases), New Jersey (177,654 reported cases), Florida (169,106 reported cases) and Illinois (145,935 reported cases) were the states with the next highest numbers of reported cases (all above 146,000).

States following in the next tier down are Massachusetts (109,338 reported cases), Pennsylvania (92,703 reported cases), Georgia (87,709) and Arizona (87,425 reported cases).

The US Military reported 18,071 cases and 38 deaths while the Veterans Affairs reported 23,945 cases and 1,667 deaths. The Navajo Nation reported 7,613 cases and 369 deaths. Federal Prisons reported 7,618 cases and 92 deaths.

This week, as of 9:00 AM EDT (13:00 GMT), July 10, 2020, the reported worldwide numbers were 12,425,244 cases and 558,178 deaths in 213 countries and territories. There were 7,248,319 recoveries reported worldwide.

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The US had 3,220,995 reported cases and 135,838 deaths. New York accounted for 425,072 of those cases and 32,343 of those deaths. California (303,323 reported cases), Texas (241,013 reported cases) and Florida (232,718 reported cases) now top the nation with the number of cases.

All over 225,000. They are followed by New Jersey (177,795 reported cases), Illinois (151,572 reported cases), Arizona (112,671 reported cases), Massachusetts (110,897 reported cases), Georgia (106,727 reported cases) and Pennsylvania (97,634 reported cases).

The US Military reported 22,168 cases and 40 deaths while the Veterans Affairs reported 27,292 cases and 1,757 deaths. The Navajo Nation reported 8,042 cases and 386 deaths. Federal Prisons reported 8,530 cases and 95 deaths.

National and State Reopenings

Last week, we reported that all 52 states, districts and territories had reopened to varying degrees. This week, due to rising levels of infection, 6 states are reversing course and 15 states are pausing their plans for reopening. Thirteen states have reopened and 18 states, territories or districts are continuing on with their reopening strategies.

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  • Alabama Pausing. Stage 2. Open amenities include parks, beaches, gyms, retail stores, restaurant dining, bars, breweries, salons and entertainment venues, including theaters. Capacity limits will remain in place until at least the end of July based on rising infection numbers.
  • Alaska — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Arizona — Reversing. Amenities now closed include bars, movie theaters, gyms, tubing rentals and water parks. Open amenities include retail stores, barbershops, salons, restaurant dining, pools (capacity capped at 10), spas and casinos. Public gatherings are capped at 50. These new closures and limits will remain in place until July 27th.
  • Arkansas — Pausing. Open amenities include campgrounds, gyms, pools, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, restaurant dining, bars, theaters, stadiums, museums, bowling alleys, large venues and casinos.
  • California  — Reversing. Amenities now closed include bars in some counties and gyms in some counties and other amenities based on county and infection rates. Open amenities include manufacturing, warehouses, offices, movie, TV and music production, pet groomers, hair salons and barbershops in some counties, restaurant dining in some counties, bars in some counties, houses of worship, retail, casinos in some counties, museums in some counties, galleries, zoos, aquariums in some counties, bowling alleys, arcades, mini-golf, gyms in some counties — opening soon: nail salons, cosmetology services, tattoo parlors and piercing shops in some counties.
  • Colorado — Reversing. Amenities now closed include bars and casinos. Open amenities include salons and personal services, retail stores, offices, manufacturing, houses of worship, campgrounds, pools, playgrounds, gyms, restaurant dining, museums, indoor events, fairs, rodeos, concerts and outdoor events.
  • Connecticut — Pausing. Phase 2. Open amenities include restaurant dining, retail stores, malls, hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, spas, museums, zoos, casinos, movie theaters, libraries, amusement parks, bowling alleys, offices, beaches and gyms — opening soon: bars.
  • Delaware — Pausing. Phase 2. Open amenities include barbershops, hair salons, tanning salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapy, farmers markets, retail stores, malls, beaches, pools, gyms, campgrounds, restaurants, bars, breweries, museums, libraries, galleries, live performances and casinos.
  • District of Columbia — Reopening. These amenities have reopened: retail stores, restaurant dining, libraries, museums, dog parks, golf courses, tennis courts, parks, gyms, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, waxing salons and spas — opening soon: nightclubs.
  • Florida — Reversing. Amenities now closed include bars. Open amenities include restaurant dining, retail stores, beaches, trails, gyms, houses of worship and sporting venues without spectators, movie theaters, concert halls, bowling alleys in most counties, tattoo parlors, massage therapy, tanning salons and acupuncture in most counties.
  • Georgia — Reopening. In spite of escalating case counts, Georgia is continuing down a path of economic reopening. Open amenities include gyms, bowling alleys, theaters, private social clubs, hair salons, barbershops, restaurant dining, large venues, bars and nightclubs.
  • Hawaii — Reopening. Open amenities include beaches, piers, docks, etc., state parks, pools and waterparks in some areas, campgrounds in some areas, gyms, retail stores, pet groomers, salons and barbershops, nail salons in some areas and tattoo parlors in some areas, construction in some areas, offices in some areas, houses of worship and restaurant dining and bars.
  • Idaho — Pausing. Stage 3. Open amenities include houses of worship, gyms, pools, waterparks, restaurant dining, bars, hair salons, movie theaters, nightclubs and large venues. Although Idaho was poised to move to stage 4 of reopening, they will pause in stage three for at least two weeks, into mid-July.
  •  Illinois — Reopening. Stage 4. These amenities have reopened: state parks, limited fishing, boating, golf courses, gyms, retail stores, pet grooming, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, waxing centers, tattoo parlors, restaurant dining, manufacturing, offices, museums, theaters, and zoos.
  • Indiana — Pausing. Stage 4 — capacity limits still in place. Amenities closed until further notice include conventions, fairs, parades and similar events. Open amenities include libraries, museums, zoos and aquariums, movie theaters, large venues, manufacturing, offices, houses of worship, restaurant dining, bars and nightclubs, spas, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, retail stores, gyms, pools, bowling alleys, tennis and basketball courts, campgrounds, amusement parks and water parks.
  • Iowa — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Kansas — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity at the discretion of county seats. All Kansans ordered to wear facemasks in public as of July 3.
  • Kentucky — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity. Gatherings limited to no more than 50 people.
  • Louisiana — Pausing. Phase 2. Amenities closed until further notice include amusement parks, water parks and theme parks and concert and music halls. Open amenities include restaurant dining, bars, gyms, state parks, pools, malls, movie theaters, certain museums, zoos and aquariums, casinos, event centers, salons and barbershops, houses of worship, spas, tattoo parlors, pools, bowling alleys and skating rinks.
  • Maine — Reopening. Amenities closed until further notice include bars for indoor service. Open amenities include hair salons, barbershops, pet groomers, nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas, massage parlors, state parks, boating, golf courses, remote campgrounds, hunting and fishing, private campgrounds, RV parks, amusement parks, water parks, bowling alleys, arcades, movie theaters, performing arts venues, houses of worship, retail stores and restaurants, bars for outdoor service, gyms, nail salons and tattoo parlors.
  • Maryland — Reopening. Amenities closed until further notice include bars and theaters. Open amenities include golf courses, outdoor shooting ranges, marinas, campgrounds, beaches, outdoor pools, day camps, gyms, retail stores, malls, manufacturing, construction, offices, hotels, lodging, houses of worship, hair salons and barbershops, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, casinos, restaurant dining, outdoor service at breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
  • Massachusetts — Reopening. Amenities closed until further notice include bars, movie theaters, museums, aquariums, amusement parks, water parks, theme parks, theaters, performance halls, ballrooms, stadiums, convention halls and gyms. Open amenities include golf courses, beaches, parks, fishing, hunting and boating, gyms in most regions, houses of worship, construction, manufacturing, offices, hotels, lodging, retail stores, restaurants dining, hair salons, barbershops, pet grooming, nail salons, massage parlors, tanning salons, bowling alleys in most regions, museums, aquariums in most regions, theaters and performance venues in most regions, movie theaters in most regions and casinos in most regions.
  • Michigan — Reversing. Phase 4. Amenities now closed include nightclubs, bars for indoor service in most counties and gyms. Open amenities include golf courses, marinas, pools, gyms in some regions, construction, real estate, manufacturing, including auto companies, offices, retail, restaurants, outdoor bars, veterinary services, Pet groomers, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, arcades, bowling alleys, theaters and convention centers in some regions. The pause before progressing to stage 5 is expected to last until at least mid-July.
  • Minnesota — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Mississippi — Pausing. Open amenities include retail stores, restaurant dining, bars, houses of worship, state parks, gyms, salons and barbershops, tattoo parlors, casinos, movie theaters, libraries and museums.
  • Missouri — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Montana — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Nebraska — Reopened. (never issued a stay-at-home order, but closed businesses; regional reopenings) — All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Nevada — Pausing. Phase 2. All Nevadans and visitors required to wear facemasks in public. Open amenities include golf courses, pickleball, tennis courts, state parks, gyms, pools, waterparks, retail stores, malls, restaurants, bars, barbershops, hair salons and nail salons, cosmetology and skin services, massage therapy, tattoo and piercing shops, museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums, movie theaters, bowling alleys, outdoor attractions, houses of worship and gaming.
  • New Hampshire — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at reduced capacity.
  • New Jersey — Reopening. Open amenities include golf courses, outdoor recreational businesses, beaches, campgrounds, pools, libraries for curbside pickup, casinos, playgrounds, water parks, amusement parks, museums, libraries, aquariums, bowling alleys, batting cages, shooting ranges, gyms, construction, retail stores, malls, outdoor dining at restaurants, houses of worship, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas, massage therapy and tanning salons — opening soon: breweries, wineries, distilleries, casinos, movie theaters.
  • New Mexico — Pausing. Phase 2 of New Mexico’s reopening is on indefinite hold as new cases of COVID-19 affect younger demographics. Amenities closed until further notice include bars, casinos, and theaters. Open amenities include state parks, golf courses, boating, gyms, pools, pet grooming and boarding, veterinary services, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, nail salons, retail stores at 25% capacity, malls, restaurant dining, breweries, offices at 25% capacity, houses of worship.
  • New York — Reopening. Amenities closed until further notice include movie theaters, casinos, amusement parks, bowling alleys, and gyms. Open amenities include retail stores, houses of worship, beaches, fishing and hunting, public pools and playgrounds, outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks in some regions, offices, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, TV and film production in some regions, outdoor dining at restaurants in some regions, indoor dining in some regions, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, nail salons, museums and aquariums in some regions.
  • North Carolina — Pausing. Residents and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public. Amenities closed until further notice include bars, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and gyms. Open amenities include retail stores, restaurant dining, houses of worship, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors and pools.
  • North Dakota (never issued a stay-at-home order, but closed businesses; allowed businesses to reopen May 1) — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Ohio — Reopening. Open amenities include manufacturing, distribution, construction, offices, retail stores, salons, barbershops, etc., as well as dine-in restaurants and bars, campgrounds, gyms, pools, sports leagues, bowling alleys, miniature golf and batting cages, aquariums, zoos, skating rinks, playgrounds, country clubs, movie theaters, museums, art galleries, casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks.
  • Oklahoma — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity. Oklahomans and visitors are asked to observe social distancing and hygiene precautions and guidance as issued by the CDC.
  • Oregon — Pausing. Oregon has paused in Phase 2 of reopening until at least September. Open amenities include some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, gyms in some counties, pools in most counties, restaurants, retail stores, salons and barbershops, movie theaters, bowling alleys in most counties and offices in most counties.
  • Pennsylvania — Reopening. Open amenities include golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips, privately-owned campgrounds, gyms in most counties, beaches, outdoor sports, state parks, public pools, retail stores, malls, houses of worship, restaurants and bars in most counties, hair salons, barbershops, spas in most counties, casinos, theaters.
  • Puerto Rico — Reopening. There is a curfew still in effect until July 22. Open amenities include restaurants, salons, barbershops, pet grooming, spas. retail stores, malls, outdoor malls and beaches, gyms, museums, cinemas, auto cinemas, outdoor concerts, other open venues and houses of worship.
  • Rhode Island — Reopening. Phase 3. Social gatherings are limited to 25 people until further notice. Open amenities include state parks, beaches, gyms, casinos, campgrounds, retail stores, malls, offices, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo shops, restaurant dining and houses of worship.
  • South Carolina — Pausing. Amenities closed until further notice include movie theaters, concerts, race tracks and nightclubs. Open amenities include retail stores, beaches, piers, docks, etc., gyms, pools, restaurant dining, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors etc., museums, zoos, aquariums and houses of worship.
  • South Dakota (Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order). Remained Open. Businesses did not close down. All businesses and amenities are open. The government of South Dakota requests that residents and visitors alike follow CDC recommendations and follow appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • Tennessee — Reopening. Open amenities include state parks, gyms in most counties, theaters, museums, amusement parks, houses of worship, restaurant dining, retail stores in most counties, salons and barbershops.
  • Texas — Reversing. Face coverings are required in public in counties with more than 20 confirmed cases on COVID-19, and residents are encouraged to stay at home. Amenities closed until further notice include bars and reduced capacity in restaurants. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people. Elective surgeries are prohibited in Harris, Dallas, Travis, and Bexar counties (containing the four largest cities and the largest concentrations of infections). Open amenities include state parks, pools, gyms, natural caverns, waterparks, amusement parks, carnivals, zoos, retail stores, malls, restaurant dining, movie theaters, museums, libraries, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, rodeos, aquariums, salons, barbershops, etc., massage and personal care, offices and manufacturing.
  • Utah — Reopening. Open amenities include retail stores, restaurant dining, houses of worship, salons, personal care businesses, gyms and pools.
  • Vermont — Reopening. Open amenities include manufacturing, construction, distribution, state parks, golf courses, trails etc., campgrounds, gyms, fitness centers, retail stores, houses of worship, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, museums, theaters, libraries and restaurant dining.
  • Virginia — Reopening. Moving to Phase 3 as of July 1. Removing capacity limits in retail stores and restaurants. Open amenities include restaurants and bars, retail stores, salons, barbershops, etc., beaches, campgrounds, gyms, pools and houses of worship, gyms, pools, museums, zoos, aquariums and outdoor concerts.
  • Washington — Pausing. Phase 3. The state is pausing indefinitely in Stage 3 before moving into Stage 4. Open amenities include state parks, fishing, hunting, golf courses, gyms in most counties, retail stores in most counties, restaurant dining in most counties, construction, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc.in most counties, pet grooming, religious services in most counties and casinos.
  • West Virginia — Reopening. Face coverings are required where social distance cannot be maintained as of July 7. Open amenities include salons, barbershops, pet groomers, tanning salons, spas, massage parlors, gyms, recreation centers, state parks, campgrounds, pools, museums, zoos, casinos, restaurant dining, bars, retail stores and malls, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie theaters, roller rinks, amusement parks, fairs and festivals.
  • Wisconsin — Reopened. All businesses allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Wyoming (Never issued a stay-at-home order, but closed businesses; allowed businesses to reopen May 1) — Pausing. Amenities closed until July 15 include retail stores. Capacity restrictions on restaurants, bars, and gyms until July 15. Open amenities include gyms, state parks, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage therapy, etc., restaurant dining, movie theaters and entertainment venues.

All states except Montana and Wyoming had closed schools for extended periods of time before the summer break, with many shut down until the end of the academic school year or until further notice. Most schools and colleges conducted online learning. Commencements have been delayed or postponed for most high schools, colleges and universities. Many institutions are making arrangements for graduates to walk with future graduating classes. Decisions about fall classes will be made at a later time as more information becomes available.

A total of 11 states still have self-quarantines upon individuals entering from specific “hot” infection zones in an attempt to keep citizens of their states safer. States enforcing quarantines include Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Those states are requiring entrants to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

CDC Guideline Updates

No significant new public guidance was issued this last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). States are continuing to follow the comprehensive guidance issued for reopening and for contact tracing. Although guidelines on social distancing are no longer being maintained by the CDC, many states are continuing to follow past guidance. Other guidelines are in effect, including the hand hygiene guidelines. It is still advisable to:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people.
  • Avoid groups and mass gatherings, as well as crowded spaces.
  • Use a cloth face covering to cover your mouth and nose when you’re in public places, such as the grocery store.
  • Work from home, if you’re able.
  • Avoid using any kind of public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis, if possible. If you must use these modes of transport, be sure to wear a cloth face cover.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. When hand-washing isn’t an option, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol (but the higher the percent, the better).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using an EPA-registered household disinfectant. Spots to watch out for include doorknobs, light switches, toilets and other objects in shared spaces.

On June 25, the CDC updated and expanded the list of people who are at risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions remain at increased risk for severe illness, but now the CDC has further defined age- and condition-related risks. For instance, they removed the age-specific threshold of 65 years old and instead state that risk increases steadily as we age.

Financial Updates

An estimated 1.31 million people filed for unemployment claims last week, joining the more than 48.5 million already unemployed in the US — suggesting a current unemployment rate of over 24.0% and an estimated total of nearly 50 million job losses. The 1.38 million is an estimate based on a Bloomberg survey of economists and marks the 16th consecutive week that claim numbers have exceeded 1 million. Additional claims are likely to continue to be filed. Continuing claims dropped slightly to 18.06 million, down by nearly 0.75 million, potentially indicating economic rebound.

Testing Capacity

As of July 8 at 1 pm Eastern time (1700 GMT), the US has officially run more than 38,964,481 tests for COVID-19. It has run approximately 4.54 million of those tests since last week (June 24). Some leading researchers have estimated that a capacity of 3-4 million tests per week is needed for the economy to fully reopen safely. Admiral Brett Giroir, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Testing Czar said that they were working to provide the ability to test up to 50 million people per month by September. That number may still be a bit low based on recommendations by the Rockefeller Foundation, which calls for testing capability to be ramped to 30 million tests per week by October.

Case Numbers Soar Unfettered

Infections increased in 43 states last week. Among the hardest hit were California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Arizona. Texas and Florida seemingly vied for the record position this week with 11,394 and 11,458 cases on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both of those totals approached New York’s highest daily case increase of 11,661 cases set on April 15, nearly three months ago.

Death rates in Texas and Florida are also just beginning to follow the rise in infection rates that began nearly two weeks ago. California’s infection and death rates have also increased, and that state remains second only to New York in the total number of cases. Other states that have seen explosive rates in infection include Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and South Carolina. In total, the average daily case count for the US over the last 7 days has been 54,800 cases per day.

We continue to climb a steep curve that has outpaced the cases seen in April of this year.

What to Do if You Get Sick

Call your healthcare provider or reach out to a telehealth provider if you believe you have COVID-19. Do not go to a medical facility without calling ahead. It may be possible to treat symptoms of the virus at home with over-the-counter medications. When you speak to your doctor or telehealth provider, they will be able to evaluate your symptoms and their severity and will direct you to go to a testing center or hospital, if necessary.

If you have a medical emergency, call 911; tell them if you or anyone else in the home might have COVID-19. If you have questions or aren’t sure what to do, call your local health department. Many states have hotlines set up for this purpose. Some states have 211 service lines that you can call for help and resources.

While some state governments step in to control infections by pausing or reversing the course of economic recovery in favor of preserving health resources, it falls upon all of us to decide our best course to keep ourselves and our neighbors and societies as safe as possible. That might be done by following CDC recommendations, including keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and water or, if those items aren’t available, by using hand sanitizer containing 60+% alcohol; using face coverings when in public places, especially in crowds or in enclosed spaces; minimizing contact with those outside your immediate family when possible; and social distancing when in the presence of others outside your family unit. Be safe out there as you enjoy all that summer has to offer!

 

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