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COVID-19 Update 2020-03-25

There were 452,241 confirmed cases of COVID-19 confirmed globally yesterday, up from 218,822 last Wednesday, with 20,495 deaths and 113,121 recoveries.

Italy, The US, Spain, Germany, Iran and France account for more than half of the confirmed cases.

Lockdown measures in Italy may be showing some positive results, as the numbers of daily new confirmed cases have slowed, after peaking at 6,577 March 21st. Italy reports 5,210 new confirmed cases today.

The disease is truly global at this point, with 190 countries having confirmed cases out of 195 countries in the world. South Africa reported +155 new cases today, bringing their total to 709.

Over a dozen companies are at various stages of producing and distributing Point Of Contact COVID-19 tests. The tests take 10-45min to produce a result, removing the additional time and cost of sending a sample to a lab.

There are +5,797 new confirmed cases in the US so far today, bringing the total to 60,653. The US is now reporting more new cases daily than any other country including Italy.

The US had +106 new cases on March 8th and +461 new cases on March 12th.

About half of all US confirmed cases are in New York, followed by New Jersey, California and Washington.

Total US cases more than doubled in the past 4 days again, while Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan have all controlled their local disease spread to a manageable rate. Multiple medical professionals and leaders point to increased early testing and aggressive contact tracing as the keys to those countries success controlling the virus.

The Senate and the House have concluded negotiations on a massive $2 trillion dollar economic relief bill expected to pass sometime today. The details of the bill are yet to emerge, but include $250 billion in direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

The CDC reports that 20% of all hospitalized cases in the US are between the ages of 20 and 44 years old.

There were 1,277 confirmed cases in the Bay Area today, up from 210 on March 13th.

The total cases confirmed in Santa Cruz county is 24.

FEMA has asked families to limit food stockpiling and "Please only buy what your family needs for a week", explaining that "Freight flows are not disrupted, but stores need time to restock.”

Many local department stores have had shortages of certain items. Several stores limited the number of certain items per customer to prevent hoarding. Some stores are offering pick up or delivery services.

There is no reason to expect food shortages.

Visit the Coronavirus Daily Update Page on KSCO.com for more info.

You can find out more from the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, by going to santacruzhealth.org.

If you experience Fever, Cough or Shortness of Breath, please call your Health Care Professional.

Regardless of how healthy you are, to protect the most vulnerable, don't be a disease vector. Take action by staying home as much as possible.

As is always true to prevent any communicable disease, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your face, and remember, don't pick your nose!!

- The COVID-19 Update from KSCO's Director of Digital Media, Jonty McCollyer

Sources And Further Info

Dr. John Campbell's Daily Report

People under 44 make up 20% of hospitalized coronavirus patients: CDC


Fast, portable tests come online to curb coronavirus pandemic


White House, Senate reach historic $2 trillion stimulus deal amid growing coronavirus fears


Coronavirus: New guidelines on how many weeks of groceries most families should buy


Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1


New Coronavirus Stable for Hours on Surfaces


National Guard head: 'Tens of thousands' of Guardsmen could be used to help with coronavirus


Coronavirus can travel twice as far as official ‘safe distance’ and stay in air for 30 minutes, Chinese study finds


Local hospital provides free COVID-19 eVisits


Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, by WHO Region


Paid sick leave: Who gets it during the coronavirus outbreak


Worldometer Coronavirus Cases


Map: Coronavirus cases in the Bay Area, Northern California


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