COVID-19 Update 7.6.2020

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 11,471,225
Global deaths: 534,787.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 129,947.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 6,193,875

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 2,888,729 diagnosed cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 129,947.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 32,206.
U.S. total patients recovered: 906,763
U.S. total people tested: 35,512,916

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 307,131 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 19.5 million.  That is the most reported cases than in any other single region in the world.

COVID-19 headlines
CDC issues warning against methanol-based hand sanitizers
Until recently, it was all but impossible to find hand sanitizers for sale anywhere. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning to be careful that whatever hand sanitizer you’re lucky enough to find doesn’t contain methanol.  Most alcohol-based hand sanitizers use either isopropyl alcohol, also called isopropanol, or ethanol as the active ingredient, which are safe when used as directed. However, the CDC says hand sanitizers manufactured by  “Eskbiochem SA de CV” in Mexico, as well as other Mexican-based concerns, use methanol, which is highly toxic and can be absorbed through the skin, causing blindness and even death.  The Food and Drug Administration warns that other symptoms of methanol exposure include nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, seizures, coma, and permanent damage to the nervous system. The FDA has published a list of hand sanitizers known to contain methanol, and their manufacturers.

COVID-19 cases continue to climb as hospitals run out of beds
More than 49,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Sunday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  That count is just under the nation’s current record high of more than 54,000 new cases, set last Thursday.  Nearly half of all 50 states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records.  California’s Los Angeles County Public Health reported the largest number of new cases in a single day on Friday, at 3,187, with KABC Los Angeles reporting hospitals there could run out of bed in two to three weeks, and run out of ICU beds even sooner.  The Tampa Bay Times reports four hospitals in Pinellas County have already run out of ICU beds, as COVID-19 infections in Florida hit an all-time single-day high Saturday for reported new cases, with 11,458. Nationwide, the number of reported COVID-19 cases is expected to top three million sometime this week.

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