Coronavirus Updates

Update 4/5/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,273,499 with 69,451 fatalities. The US has 336,673 cases with 9,616 fatalities. Washington state has 7,984 cases with 338 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 220 confirmed cases, 63 probable cases, and 14 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 326 cases with 9 fatalities. Spain has 131,646 cases with 12,641 fatalities. Italy has 128,948 cases with 15,887 fatalities. Germany has 100,123 cases. Iran 58,226 cases. UK has 47,806 cases with 4,934 fatalities. A second migrant facility in Greece has entered quarantine after a resident tested positive for coronavirus. The Netherlands is still trying to avoid a complete lockdown and trying instead “intelligent lockdown.”

Update 4/4/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,201,933 with 64,716 fatalities. The US has 311,854 cases with 8,452 fatalities. Washington state has 7,591 cases with 314 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 197 confirmed cases, 59 probable cases, and 14 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 363 cases with 12 fatalities. More than 850 hospital employees in Massachusetts have tested positive for COVID-19. Spain passes Italy in case total with 124,870 to Italy’s 124,632. Italy still has higher fatalities with 15,362 to Spain’s 11,818. Germany has 95,614 cases.  France has 89,953 cases with 7,560 fatalities.

Update 4/3/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,098,762 with 59,172 fatalities. The US has 277,467 cases with 7,402 fatalities. The CDC recommends that all Americans wear a mask when the must go out in public. The US unemployment rate rose to 4.3%. US dairy farmers being asked to dump their milk because of supply chain woes. US Navy captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was relieved of command after publicly criticizing naval response to the outbreak on his carrier. The captain’s exposure of the incompetence of high military leadership was deemed by those leaders to be “extremely poor judgment.” Washington state has 6,966 cases with 291 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 181 confirmed cases, 54 probable cases, and 14 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 289 cases with 7 fatalities. Italy has 119,827 cases with 14,681 fatalities. Spain has 119,199 cases with 11,198 fatalities, drawing close to Italy. Germany has 91,159 cases. The UK has over 38,000 cases with 3,605 fatalities. France has more than 64,000 cases with 6,507 fatalities.

Update 4/2/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,015,877 with 53,218 fatalities. The US has 245,193 cases with 6,088 fatalities. A record 6.6 million jobless claims were filed last week. Washington state has 6,585 cases with 272 fatalities. Washington state extends stay at home order to May 4th. Yakima Health District has 240 cases with 6 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 171 confirmed cases, 52 probable cases, and 9 fatalities. New Jersey authorizes the commandeering of services and property necessary to fight the virus. NY governor says that new projections show the virus tapering off by August. New York City tells people to wear masks in public. Amazon has banned the sale of N95 and surgical masks to the general public. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the military will kill quarantine violators on the spot. Spain has over 112,000 cases and over 10,000 fatalities; Spain’s numbers may be starting to level. Iran passes 50,000 cases. Germany has over 84,000 cases. Italy has 115,242 cases and 13,915 fatalities, but new cases and deaths appear to be leveling out. Italy’s fatality rate remains around 12.1%.

Update 4/1/2020:  Confirmed cases 935,189 with 47,192 fatalities. The US has 215,003 cases with 5,102 fatalities. Washington state has 5,844 cases with 250 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 224 cases with 6 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 141 confirmed cases, 48 probable cases, and 7 fatalities. A six-week old infant has passed away in Connecticut from the virus. Florida issues a stay at home order. Hawaii says everyone should wear a mask when leaving home. Yesterday, President Trump warned the US to get ready for two very painful weeks. Italy has 110,574 cases with 13,155 fatalities. Spain has 104,118 cases with 9,387 fatalities. Germany has 77,981 cases. France 56,989 cases. Iran over 47,000 cases. Japan closes borders to UK and US citizens and 71 other countries. Jia county in China locks down movement after a new outbreak. Israel has asked all Israelis to wear face masks in public.

Update 3/31/2020:  Confirmed cases 854,039 with 42,017 fatalities. The US has 185,270 cases with 3,780 fatalities. Washington state has 5,300 cases with 223 fatalities. Benton County cases are testing positive at a rate 16%, more than double the state average. Franklin county is at double the state rate at 15%. This could be because of limited testing or a deeper problem. In Washington state, Snohomish County is opening an isolation and quarantine site in downtown Everett. Firefighters and first responders are seeking donations of protective gear. Social distancing appears to be slowing the spread in the Seattle area. The number of US deaths has surpassed those from the 9/11 attacks. NY governor says, “It’s more powerful, it’s more dangerous than we expected.” Italy has 105,792 cases with 12,428 fatalities. Spain has 95,923 cases with 8,464 fatalities. France and the US pass China’s total fatalities. Brazil, Portugal and Canada all record over 1,000 new cases, joining eight other countries adding at least four-digit increases per day.

Update 3/30/2020:  Confirmed cases 785,409 with 37,807 fatalities. The US has 164,121 cases with 3,163 fatalities. Washington state has 5,250 cases with 210 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 161 cases with 3 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 97 confirmed cases, 42 probable cases, and 5 fatalities. New York state passes 1,300 deaths. The USNS Comfort hospital ship has docked in New York. Washington, DC issues stay at home order. Italy has 101,739 cases with 11,592 fatalities. Spain has 87,956 cases with 7,716 fatalities. Germany has 66,885 cases. South Korea begins seeing sustained increases in cases again. In some areas of the US and the world, officials are cracking down on what kinds of products may be sold by the stores that remain open, demanding that only “necessities” be allowed for purchase, i.e. no entertainment, educational, or luxury items. EasyJet airline stops all commercial flights. India’s lockdown causes a mass exodus of city day-workers trying to get to their home villages.

Update 3/29/2020:  Confirmed cases 721,562 with 33,965 fatalities. The US has 142,004 cases with 2,484 fatalities. President Trump extends federal mitigation efforts/social distancing recommendations until the end of April. US healthcare workers are beginning to speak out about the shortages of protective equipment, ventilators, and conditions in hospitals. Washington state has 4,392 cases with 195 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 140 cases with 2 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 72 cases and 5 fatalities.  Florida has opened checkpoints on the border to prevent infected individuals from hot spots from entering the state. Texas has opened checkpoints to ensure Louisianans entering the state register and quarantine for 14 days. See one such interview below. Italy has 97,689 cases with 10,779 fatalities. Spain has 80,031 cases with 6,802 fatalities. Germany has 62,095 cases. France has passed 40,000. The UK is now approaching 20,000 cases with 1,228 fatalities.

Update 3/28/2020:  Confirmed cases 662,852 with 30,847 fatalities. The US has 123,428 cases with 2,211 fatalities. The first US infant death has been confirmed in Chicago. A 25-year old man with no underlying health conditions has passed away in California from Covid-19. Washington state has 4,310 cases with 189 fatalities. A doctor in Bellingham has been fired for criticizing the hospital’s virus response. The Yakima Health District has 82 cases with 2 fatalities. The Benton Franklin Health District has 54 confirmed cases and 5 fatalities and and another 21 probable cases. Italy has 92,472 cases with 10,023 fatalities. Spain has 73,235 cases with 5,982 fatalities. Germany has 57,695 cases. The city of Wuhan, China partially re-opens after two months of lockdown. Russia is fully closing its borders beginning Monday. The first NHS surgeon in UK dies from coronavirus after volunteering to work frontline. In India, the lockdown only gave four hours notice; millions have been left jobless, foodless and without money by the shutdown, sparking an exodus from major cities. Continue reading “Coronavirus Updates”

US Declares a Public Health Emergency

One day after the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the United States has declared a nationwide Public Health Emergency.

As a result of confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby determine that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.

01/31/2020
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Alex M. Azar II

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