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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 May 22, the top five states for Covid cases per million population are New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington DC (District of Columbia). Top five states for deaths per million are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington DC. Select data table. Overall US fatality rate is reported at 6.0%, with 166,254 reported hospitalizations to date. Not all states are reporting hospitalizations. Deaths in long term care facilities (nursing homes) represented 42% of total deaths in the 38 states who supplied this data. Total nursing home deaths in 37 states exceeded 35,000. 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, get situation updates, read information about travel. Find out what CDC is doing. Learn about recommendations for airplane cabin crews and ships. Formerly known as 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the new virus that causes COVID-19 is now named SARS-CoV-2, for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

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 May 29, 2020, 3:32pm, nearly 5.9 million coronavirus COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide. The US reports the world’s highest death toll, with 102,516 deaths as of May 29. Today’s confirmed cases in the US were 1,740,599 up about 25,000 from yesterday. Italy’s, Spain’s, and France’s confirmed cases were steady, at a combined 658,000 (with 89,000 deaths among them, steady). There are about 438,000 cases in Brazil (2nd highest in the world, up 26,000 from yesterday); 388,000 in Russia, 273,000 in the United Kingdom (38,000 deaths). Other countries with at least 100,000 cases are Germany, India, Turkey, Iran and Peru.  Countries reporting between 50,000 at 99,999 cases include Canada (91,000), Chile, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Pakistan, Belgium and Qatar. China’s reported 84,000 cases, 4,638 deaths are thought by many experts to be deliberately under-reported. Countries with 30,000 to 50,000 cases include the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belarus, Ecuador, Sweden, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Portugal and Switzerland. South Korea’s 11,000 cases leveled off, as the country was able to successfully “flatten their curve”.

There were 363,210 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.  We should expect US deaths to grow as hospitalizations continue, although the rate of increase has slowed considerably. The United Kingdom has the second largest number of reported deaths, over 38,000, and a case fatality rate of 14%. Belgium is reporting a very high death rate (16%) to date, and about 82 deaths per 100,000 population. This is due, at least in part, to counting nursing home deaths that are suspected but not confirmed by test. Belgium’s numbers are higher than Spain, Italy and France’s experiences. The US is at about 31 deaths per 100,000, with a case fatality rate of 6%. About 2,468,000 people are listed as recovered worldwide, (400,000 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.  Worldwide, the 1 million mark in global cases was hit on April 2; the 2 million mark on April 14; the 3 million mark on April 27; 4 million on May 9, and 5 million cases on May 20, 2020. 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 and hospitalized for COVID-19 in the US were added to the dashboard in April.

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

This article compares eight 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 up to June 20, 2020 (as of May 26 website charts). Models include MIT, Columbia University, IHME, Youyang Gu, Northeastern University, UCLA, Los Alamos and University of Texas. (However, the United States chart does not display the University of Texas data.) The range of possible deaths is also shown for each model. Look at one forecast at a time, or all eight at once. Article published at fivethirtyeight.com.

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.

Global Trends on COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Country: Databrew Chart Editor's Pick

Compare global trends for COVID-19 cases and deaths on this interactive chart by Databrew. Select the countries you wish to compare. See how the US trends compare to other countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia. All countries appear to be included. Adjust the chart to examine deaths per million population, in order to see more fair comparisons. Deaths data are more telling than cases, due to varying degrees of testing for Covid. As of May 21, both Spain and the United Kingdom had higher deaths per million, than Italy. Both Spain and Italy appear to have peaked in deaths per million (peaking in early April and late March, respectively). Can use the built-in logarithmic scale, or convert to absolute numbers. Calendar dates on the x-axis are an option. Information about Databrew is limited; it reports offering consulting and data science workshops.

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.

Nursing Home Case Numbers and Deaths from COVID-19 (AARP)

New list from AARP provides links to each state to see the number of COVID-positive cases and deaths in nursing homes. Across the US, AARP estimates at least 16,000 nursing home deaths are due to COVID-19. In some states, a majority of coronavirus deaths are from nursing home residents and staff. Each state provides information – some more, some less – on the names and locations of nursing homes. In Illinois, for example, one can find the name and numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths for every nursing home. In Minnesota, by contrast, only the names of facilities that have at least 10 coronavirus cases are released. The number of cases is not disclosed. AARP is pressing for more transparency. Updated May 18, 2020.

Resources on Coronavirus for US Hospitals – AHA

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

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) Editor's Pick

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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