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Case Numbers for COVID-19 Coronavirus in the United States (KFF) Editor's Pick

Discover the COVID-19 case count numbers by state, and total for the United States. This quick summary table by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) shows number of coronavirus cases and deaths by state. Updated at least daily in 2020. As of July 29, the top five states for Covid cases per million population were Louisiana, Arizona, New York, Florida, and New Jersey. Top five states for deaths per million were New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Select data table. Overall US fatality rate is reported at 3.4%, with 299,144 reported hospitalizations to date. Not all states are reporting hospitalizations – 14 states and DC do not report. Deaths in long term care facilities (nursing homes) represented 44% of total deaths in the 42 states who supplied this data. In Rhode Island, the nursing home share of deaths was 80%. Total nursing home deaths in 42 states exceeded 59,500. Tests per 1,000 population by state, can be found here.

CDC Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Editor's Pick

CDC (Centers for Disease Control), our US health authority, provides valuable information on the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. Find out what you should know to protect yourself, get situation updates, read information about travel and social gatherings. Read explanations of what the general public should be doing right now: washing your hands, avoid touching your face, maintain a six-foot distance between people, wear a cloth face covering in public, cover your cough, clean and disinfect surfaces, and monitor your own health – making sure you don’t go out if you have any symptoms. CDC is also an authority for healthcare professionals. The virus that causes COVID-19 is  named SARS-CoV-2, for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. This new virus was formerly known as 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

CDC Forecast of Covid-19 Deaths (ensemble models) Editor's Pick

After examining 32 national forecasts and models, CDC has forecast a range of 168,000 and 182,000 Covid-19 deaths by August 22. The “national ensemble forecast” was updated July 31, 2020. Details are provided on the models that are examined weekly. Five states (AL, KY, NJ, TN, and WA) and Puerto Rico are expected to have a rising number of deaths. Some models provide forecasts of new deaths only. Some models have state-specific forecasts. The methods used by each model are generally characterized (e.g., SEIR [Susceptible-Exposed-Infective-Recovered] vs. machine learning, etc.) CDC stands for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coronavirus Tracker for COVID-19 Cases: Johns Hopkins Map Editor's Pick

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker maps confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe. The dashboard shows number of cases, deaths and numbers who have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic that started in late 2019. As of August 8, 2020, 3:13pm, 19.5 million coronavirus COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide. The US reports the world’s highest death toll, with 161,999 deaths as of August 8. Saturday’s cumulative confirmed cases in the US was just under 5.0 million, another milestone, up about 61,000 since yesterday. There are nearly 3.0 million cases in Brazil (2nd highest in the world; total 100,000 deaths); nearly 2.1 million in India (3rd in the world), and 881,000 in Russia. Other countries with at least 250,000 cases are South Africa, Mexico (469,000 cases, 51,000 deaths), Peru, Chile, Columbia, Iran, Spain, United Kingdom (311,000; 47,000 deaths, steady), Saudi Arabia,  Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Italy. Nearby, Canada has 121,000 cases (steady).

There were 723,000 COVID-19 deaths reported worldwide. Italy led the list of the most Covid deaths of any country from March 19 through April 10. Beginning April 11, the US has led the world in number of deaths due to COVID-19, and exceeded 100,000 deaths on May 27. Two months later, the US reached 150,000 deaths (July 29). We should expect US deaths to grow as hospitalizations continue and the number of US cases continues to rise. However, the US death rate has slowed considerably in recent months. The US is at 49 deaths per 100,000, with a case fatality rate of 3.3%. Brazil has the second largest number of reported deaths, about 48 deaths per 100,000 population, and a case fatality rate of 3.4%. About 11.8 million people are listed as recovered worldwide, (2.3 million in Brazil, and 1.6 million in the US).

Since March 26, the United States has lead the world in number of confirmed cases, topping 1 million cases on April 28 and 2 million cases just over 6 weeks later in early June.  The US doubled its case count in the next 6 weeks, to 4 million on July 23. Worldwide, the 1 million mark in global cases was hit on April 2. The world added another 3 million cases in just over 5 weeks. The next 3 million cases (to 7 million total) were added within 4 weeks. The world hit the 10 million mark in cases on June 28, adding an average of 1 million cases per week. The spread is accelerating worldwide, now adding at least 1.5 million cases per week; the 15 million mark was hit July 22. US daily cases have risen through July 16 (since about June 18), after being fairly flat for about 4 weeks after the exceptional first wave in the New York area. Coronavirus disease is named COVID-19. This tracking tool provides a quick snapshot of how the COVID-19 disease caused by Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (formerly called 2019-nCoV) is spreading. Numbers of people tested in the US and hospitalized in some states for COVID-19 were added to the dashboard in April.

Covid Tracking Project – the Atlantic Editor's Pick

The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data on the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Easy to read charts show daily trends in cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and testing. Shows whether cases or deaths are going up or going down in each state. The site does not show the cumulative case chart (which ALWAYS goes up, and can be misleading in understanding trends. Website also shows how many have recovered. Updated daily. Very helpful website.

FDA Updates on Coronavirus Disease COVID-19

The FDA, the federal Food and Drug Agency, provides updates on COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. The FDA regulates lab testing, drugs requiring approval, medical devices (like N95s) and vaccine products. They post regular updates, sometimes multiple times per day. In addition, the FDA has listed a few of the likely many fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease.

Insurance Resources on Coronavirus COVID-19 – NAIC

If you’re wondering about what insurance companies are doing about Coronavirus and COVID-19 coverage, this website by NAIC – the National Association of Insurance Commissioners – tracks resources and news.  See the section called State and Jurisdiction Announcement/Resources. Insurance is regulated on a state-by-state basis, except for Medicare.

Lab Testing Tracker and COVID-19 Hospitalizations by State: AEI Editor's Pick

Wonderful new data tracker for coronavirus lab testing (all states) and hospitalizations (for states that report them), from AEI – the American Enterprise Institute. See daily history of new positive Covid-19 cases for any state, and recent testing for any county in the US. Cumulative rates of testing in each state, as a percent of population, are shown on the map. States that also report hospitalizations are shown on a daily trend chart, easy to read. This C19 Lab Testing Dashboard calculates a Local Risk Index (LRI) based on recent trends for each county. Behind this summary is an additional detailed demographic breakdown of positive cases, for use by registered public health officials. Great to know this tool is in use.

Resources on Coronavirus for US Hospitals – AHA

Numerous resources about handling coronavirus (COVID-19) cases for US hospitals, from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Sixteen Models and Forecasts Compared for COVID-19 Deaths Editor's Pick

This article compares up to sixteen different models for deaths due to COVID-19 in the coronavirus pandemic. Forecasts for both the United States, and each state in the US are shown through August (in most cases, as of updated July 23 website charts). Models include MIT, Columbia University, Covid-19 Simulator, Covid Act Now, Iowa State, IHME, Youyang Gu, Northeastern University, UCLA, Los Alamos, University of Texas, University of Arizona, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, the US Army and the University of Massachusetts. The range of possible deaths is also shown for each model. Look at one forecast at a time, or all models at once. Updated article (which originally had eight models), is published at fivethirtyeight.com.

World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports: Coronavirus

Track the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with daily situation reports by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Covid 19 Surge Capacity: Converting Hotels for Coronavirus Patients (ASHE)

Surge capacity resource for hospitals looking at converting hotels in order to serve more coronavirus COVID-19 patients. Prepared by ASHE, the American Society for Health Care Engineering, through the American Hospital Association. This “COVID-19 Response Concept Study” identifies the types of patients suitable to this setting. It lays out a 10 to 14-day timeline to take advantage of hotel ballroom space for patient wards and guest rooms for for patients or staff. Conference rooms and meeting spaces become medication areas, mini-labs,  nursing support and command center. Paper records may get chosen in lieu of unfamiliar (or impractical, given the timing) electronic record systems. This short resource guide covers a wide spectrum of dimensions. Excellent overview.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. The project is run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (state, HSAs-Hospital Service Areas, or HRR-Hospital Referral Region) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2015). While the tool is relatively easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication. In 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days is shown for each region. A timelapse map of the growth in COVID cases in the US, total  cases and deaths are also shown by region.

Hand Washing Hand Hygiene Video (one minute) Editor's Pick

Hand Washing, Hand Hygiene video by the CDC. Take one minute to view the online youtube video for proper handwashing technique and guidelines to help prevent infections. CDC epidemiologist presents the basics – really fast. People often miss washing the thumb and index finger, as well as the finger tips on both hands. Plan to wash and scrub for 20 seconds, about as long as it takes to hum your favorite school fight song.

Travel and Health | CDC

Extensive site by the CDC that covers travel injuries and illnesses abroad, vaccinations, health warnings and precautions, cruise ship and air travel, advice for pregnant women. See travel notices for COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. While CDC does not generally issue advisories for domestic travel, it has written recommendations for travel inside the US. The website allows search by international destination location. Useful for missions and disaster relief, as well as avoiding unnecessary travel. Sections for Cholera, Coronavirus, Ebola, Measles, Polio, Yellow Fever, Zika and any new outbreaks CDC is monitoring

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