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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 October 23, the top five states for recent daily Covid cases per million population were North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Idaho. Top five states for total deaths are New York, Texas, California, Florida, and New Jersey. Select data table. Overall more than 444,000 hospitalizations reported to date, with about 41,000 currently in-hospital (rising from last week). Not all states are reporting hospitalizations – 14 states and DC do not report. Deaths in long term care facilities (nursing homes) represented 40% of total deaths in the states who supplied this data. In New Hampshire and Rhode Island, the nursing home share of deaths was in the 80% range. Total nursing home deaths in 47 states exceeded 84,000. 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 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).

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 October 26, 2020, 3:25pm, 43.4 million coronavirus COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide. Monday’s cumulative confirmed cases in the US neared 8.7 million, up about 61,000 since yesterday afternoon. The US President reported testing positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1. The current level of daily cases has surpassed the peak levels of mid-July. There are 7.9 million cases in India (2nd highest in the world; total 119,000 deaths); 5.4 million in Brazil (3rd in the world, 157,000 deaths), and 1.5 million cases in Russia. Other countries with at least 500,000 cases are France, Spain, Argentina, Columbia, the United Kingdom (898,000, skyrocketing in the past 3 weeks; 45,000 deaths), Mexico (891,000 cases, 89,000 deaths), Peru, South Africa, Iran, Italy and Chile. Nearby, Canada has reached 220,000 cases (rising).

There were 1,157,000 COVID-19 deaths reported worldwide. The US reports the world’s highest death toll, with 225,580 deaths as of October 26. 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. The US reached 200,000 deaths by Sept. 22. We should expect US deaths to rise as hospitalizations continue and the number of US cases continues to accelerate. However, the US death rate has slowed considerably since the early months. The US is at 69 deaths per 100,000, with a case fatality rate of 2.6%. Brazil has the second largest number of reported deaths, about 75 deaths per 100,000 population, and a case fatality rate (CFR) of 2.9%. India’s CFR is 1.5%. About 29 million people are listed as recovered worldwide, (7.1 million in India, 4.5 million in Brazil, and 3.4 million in the US).

Growth of coronavirus spread: Since March 26, the United States has lead the world in number of confirmed cases, topping 1 million cases on April 28. US daily cases rose from about June 18 through July 16, after being fairly flat for about 4 weeks after the exceptional first wave in the New York area. The US hit the 6 million mark on August 31, less than 6 months after the pandemic was declared. Daily case counts that declined after a mid-July peak, stagnated by mid-August. Since early September, there has been a steady rise in cases. Numbers of tests in the US for presence of the virus that causes COVID-19 are reportedly over 130 million.

Worldwide, the 1 million mark in global cases was hit on April 2. The world hit the 10 million mark in cases on June 28, adding an average of 1 million cases per week. The spread accelerated worldwide. The 20 million mark was hit on August 10. As the world hit 30 million cases Sept. 17, 2 million cases were added every week. The pace reached 40 million on October 19, 2020, and has since increased to about 1 million cases every 2 to 3 days. By September 28, 1 million Covid deaths occurred worldwide. 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.

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. Cases have been rising since early September. Hospitalizations in the US have been rising since September 20. Thankfully, 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.

Health Insurance Resources on Coronavirus COVID-19 – AHIP

If you’re wondering about what health insurance companies are doing about Coronavirus and COVID-19 coverage, this website by AHIP – America’s Health Insurance Plans – tracks health plan resources, actions, and news.  Search by the company’s name – such as Aetna, CVS Health, Anthem, Centene, Cigna, Blue Cross, Humana, Molina, UnitedHealth, WellCare. Smaller regional plans such as Harvard Pilgrim, Dean, Avera, Kaiser, Medica, Peach State, Sanford, Sharp, Sutter, are also listed. Health insurance companies may explain Covid test coverage policies, cost-sharing, telemedicine visits, and treatment copays for commercial plans, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid. Insurance is regulated on a state-by-state basis, except for traditional Medicare. Updated October 23, 2020.

How Risky is it to Attend a Group Event during Covid Spread? Editor's Pick

How risky is it to attend a group event (of any size) while COVID-19 is still spreading? This new tool from Georgia Tech lets you check any county in the US. The risk level is the estimated chance (0-100%) that at least 1 COVID-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event. You can check any group size from as few as 10 people, to 10,000 people. Adjust the default level of 100. The tool uses real-time COVID19 data from the COVID Tracking Project. County-level risk assessment was added to the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool in July 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)

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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