[guest post by Dana]
A retweet from the President of the United States:
Sure, tell that to the families of the 137,000 people who have died from the coronavirus. I’m sure they’ll get behind your insane campaign that everyone is lying about the pandemic. Trump re-tweeted this crap because he believes it’s true. Is it no wonder that we have not had the leadership necessary to meet this crisis? These nimrods are too dim to realize that it is possible to hold two thoughts in one’s head at the same time: A very real disease, which can be fatal to some people is spreading across the nation, and, both sides of the political aisle are made up of some very corrupt individuals who may, unfortunately, try to use the pandemic to further their political causes or themselves with their bases. (See: Donald J. Trump refusing to wear a mask.) But the point has never changed: who is in charge of the nation right here and right now, and is therefore the one with whom the buck stops? A responsible leader sees the pandemic for what it is and works 24/7 to stem the tide and provide the leadership, materials, directives and responses necessary to help the states and the nation push it back. A wackadoodle toddler-in-chief though, spends his time pushing lies about the pandemic, and throws regular tantrums because a helluva lot of Americans are justifiably mad at him FOR NOT DOING HIS DAMN JOB.
Meanwhile, with regard to Covid-19, this is California today – based on current local data, testing, contact tracing, infection control, emergency supplies, containment measures:
Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:
Wineries and tasting rooms
Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
Zoos and museums
Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.
Counties that have remained on the *County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.
Offices for non-essential sectors
Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
Hair salons and barbershops
*includes 30 state counties.
Florida reported another 12,624 coronavirus cases Monday bringing the statewide total to 282,435. Another 35 fatalities were also reported bringing the death toll to 4,277
The numbers mark a single-day decrease from the record shattering 15,300 new cases Florida had reported on Sunday, but it is still the second-highest single day increase in the state since the pandemic began.
Arizona is reporting all-time highs in its use of ventilators and beds in intensive care units for coronavirus patients.
The state Department of Health Services posted that 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were occupying ICUs as of Sunday. Hospitals were hovering around 90% capacity.
Health officials report another 1,357 confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths. Arizona has seen 123,824 cases and 2,245 deaths. However, the number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
More than 258,100 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 3,100 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 132,600 people have recovered.
Central Texas counties:
Travis County: Over 14,700 cases have been reported and at least 169 people have died. At least 11,268 people have recovered from the virus.
Hays County: Over 3,500 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 11 people have died. At least 655 people have recovered from the virus.
Williamson County: More than 3,800 cases have been reported in the county and at least 54 people have died. More than 970 people have recovered from the virus.
Dallas County is reporting six more COVID-19 related deaths and 1,114 new confirmed cases of the infection Monday…”We continue to see over 1,000 new positive COVID-19 cases each day and we know there is still rampant community spread of this virus.”
From the NYT:
More than 100,000 new cases were identified. Seven states set daily case records. Florida added more cases on Sunday than any state had previously been known to, and on Monday, the state reported more than 12,600 additional cases, its second-highest total recorded for a single day in the pandemic.
And that was just over the past few days.
The U.S. outbreak — once centered in the densely packed northeastern hubs of New York and New Jersey — is now growing across 39 states, from the worsening hot spots in the South and West to those emerging in the Midwest. Restrictions on business operations and mass gatherings, along with mask wearing, have become debate fodder in an increasingly polarized election year.
As a new week begins, the country’s outlook is exceptionally grim. Case numbers are rising in all but a handful of states. Hospitals are running out of beds. And some of the country’s biggest urban centers — Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Fla. — have seen out-of-control growth with few concrete signs of progress.
The bigger picture:
Gosh, if only there were something individual citizens could do to help stem the tide…