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The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 196


The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and Bedford counties are in the Green Phase as of Friday, June 5.

Note: There might be some inconsistencies in statistics from week to week as counties and states occasionally adjust numbers as new information is received.

AS OF NOON TUESDAY, JULY 28

Blair County

• 178 cases confirmed, up from 138 cases confirmed; 9,372 negatives, 2 deaths, 1.6 percent death rate per 100,000 residents

Bedford County

• 109 cases confirmed, up from 98 cases; 2,486 negatives, 4 deaths, 8.3 percent death rate per 100,000 residents

Nearby counties

60 Pa. counties have reported COVID-19 deaths

Cambria: 209 cases confirmed, up from 159; 13,690 negatives; 3 deaths, no change, 2.3 percent death rate per 100,000 residents

Somerset: 102 cases confirmed, up from 87 cases; 5,635 negatives; 2 deaths, 2.7 percent death rate per 100,000 residents

Huntingdon: 278 cases confirmed, up from 264 cases; 2,797 negatives; 4 deaths, 8.9 percent death rate per 100,000 residents

Fulton: 19 cases confirmed, up from 17 cases; 717 negatives; 2 deaths, 13.8 percent death rate per 100,000 residents

Centre: 334 cases confirmed, up from 270; 8,133 negatives; 10 deaths, 6.1 percent death rate per 100,000 residents

Pa. Statewide

• 106,331 confirmed cases, up from 99,875 last Tuesday

• 3,053 probable cases, up from 2,890 last Tuesday

• 1,059,776 tested negative to date, up from 952,998 last Tuesday

• 7,146 deaths, up from 7,038 last Tuesday

Nearby states

New York: 412,878 cases, up from 408,181 cases; 29,745 deaths, up from 29,680 last week – 151.6 death rate percent per 100,000 residents

New Jersey: 180,295 cases, up from 176,963 cases; 15,825 deaths, up from 15,715 last week – 178.2 death rate percent per 100,000 residents

United States

• 4,292,111 cases, up from 3,832,300 cases; 145,429 deaths, up from 138,420

Worldwide

• 16,526,000 cases, up from 14,741,000 cases last week; 652,000 deaths, up from 608,000 last week *

* Numbers rounded

Latest developments

• Teachers could go out on strike “as a last resort” if they are forced to return to unsafe schools during the covid-19 pandemic, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten warned Tuesday. The executive council of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers approved a resolution Friday giving AFT affiliates across the country authorization to stage strikes – even as President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are pushing schools to fully reopen even though school district leaders say they need massive federal funding to do so safely. “Let’s be clear: Just as we have done with our health-care workers, we will fight on all fronts for the safety of our students and their educators,” she said during a blistering speech at the organization’s virtual annual convention. “But if authorities don’t protect the safety and health of those we represent and those we serve, as our executive council voted last week, nothing is off the table — not advocacy or protests, negotiations, grievances or lawsuits, or, if necessary and authorized by a local union, as a last resort, safety strikes."

• Senate Republicans have unveiled their proposal for a new $1 trillion coronavirus relief bill, setting the stage for a showdown with congressional Democrats in the coming days. The legislation would temporarily reduce emergency unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 a week, while also authorizing a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks. And it includes a significant amount of funding for unrelated issues – most notably, allocating $1.75 billion for a new FBI headquarters.

• Two potential coronavirus vaccines are moving into the last phase of testing with 30,000-person trials. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious-disease expert, said Monday that he was “cautiously optimistic” about the candidate developed by Moderna in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.

• An extra 10,000 children are dying every month around the world because of the disruptions to food supplies caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a team of experts warned in the influential Lancet medical journal. The study was accompanied by an appeal from U.N. agencies for additional funds to address world hunger.

• On Monday evening, Facebook scrubbed from its site a viral video showing a group of doctors making misleading and false claims about the coronavirus pandemic after more than 14 million people had watched it. Hours later, President Trump tweeted out multiple clips of the same video to his 84.2 million followers, and Twitter and YouTube followed suit by removing it.

• Countries across Europe that had brought their coronavirus outbreaks under control are now seeing a worrying rise in cases, as health officials warn that lax public attitudes are putting the continent on a dangerous trajectory.

• Kenya has banned the sale of alcohol in restaurants and ordered bars to remain closed after cases in the East African country doubled within the past three weeks, when the government began lifting restrictions.

What you can do

• Wear a mask anytime you are outside your house and around other people.

• Stay at least six feet away from other people.

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.

• Clean surfaces frequently.

• Stay home, especially if you are unwell.

How It Spreads

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Sources: Washington Post, New York Times, Pa. Department of Health

 

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