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COVID-19 update: Friday, Oct. 30

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COVID-19 Statistics (Update: approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT Friday, Oct 30, 2020)

pos=positive; rec=recovered; hosp=hospitalized; cap=capacity; b=billion; m=million; t=thousand

New Mexico Oct 29: 44,904 cases, 1,153,185 tests (3.8939% pos), 994 died, 21,389 rec. 323 hosp. Oct 28: 43,826 cases, 1,141,186 tests (3.8404% pos), 991 died, 21,224 rec. 313 hosp.

Doña Ana County Oct 29: 6,325 cases, 103,908 tests (6.0874% pos), 72 died, 2,669 rec. Oct 28: 6,078 cases, 102,308 tests (5.941% pos), 72 died, 2,644 rec.

Regional hospitals (Doña Ana, Luna, Catron, Grant, Sierra, Socorro, Lincoln, Hidalgo, Otero counties) Oct 28: 112 cases, 69 of 101 ICU beds, 27 of 75 ventilators in use. Oct 20: 66 cases, 61/112 ICU, 22/82 vents. Oct 7: 30 cases; 65 ICU, 21 vents. Sep 30: 22 cases; 56 ICU, 17 vents. Sep 16: 7 cases; 52 ICU, 17 vents. Sep 8: 9 cases; 53 ICU, 17 vents. Aug 26: 13 cases; 50 ICU, 13 vents. Aug 19: 17 cases; 47 ICU, 17 vents. ICU beds and ventilators are all patients, not just COVID-19.

Texas Oct 29: 886,820 cases, 17,819 died, 772,350 rec, 5,587 hosp. Oct 28: 879,994 cases, 17,700 died, 767,905 rec, 5,650 hosp. (Lab test pos: Oct 28: 10.10%, Oct 27: 10.04%, Oct 26: 9.9%, Oct 25: 9.58%, Oct 24: 9.46%, Oct 21: 8.86%, Oct 20: 8.72%, Oct 18: 8.57%, Oct 17: 8.18%, Oct 14: 7.69%, Oct 11: 7.52%, Oct 10: 7.19%, Oct 7: 8.02%, Oct 6: 8.08%, Oct 5: 8.06%)

El Paso County Oct 30: 47,052 cases, 434,201 tests (10.54% pos; 7-day aver: 20.15%), 595 died, 30,549 rec, 939 hosp.  Oct 29: 45,039 cases, 427,219 tests (10.84% pos; 7-day aver: 17.24%), 585 died, 29,856 rec, 934 hosp.     

Mexico Oct 30: 912,811 cases, 7,211/m, 90,773 died. Oct 29: 906,863 cases, 7,164/m, 90,309 died.

Estado Chihuahua Oct 28: 24,094 cases, 1,827 died, 11,863 rec. Oct 27: 23,501 cases, 1,807 died, 11,636 rec.

Ciudad Juarez Oct 28: 12,926 cases, 1,143 died. Oct 27: 12,476 cases, 1,127 died.

United States Oct 30: 9,024,176 cases, 27,383/m, 228,701 died. Oct 29: 8,932,985 cases, 27,106/m, 227,697 died.

World Oct 30: 45,192,450 cases, 5,812/m, 1,183,400 died. Oct 29: 44,644,423 cases, 5,741/m, 1,176,328 died.

Population Worldwide 7.8b; United States 330m, New Mexico 2.1m, Doña Ana County 218t; Texas 30m, El Paso County 841t; Mexico 129m, Estado de Chihuahua 3.77m, Ciudad Juarez 1.5m; Canada 38m.

COVID-19 Timeline 

Dec 31, 2019 First cases confirmed, Wuhan, China Jan 21, 2020 First U.S. case confirmed, Washington State Jan 30 World Health Organization declares global health emergency Feb 29 First U.S. death, Washington State Mar 11 NM reports first cases, declares public health emergency Mar 13 U.S. declares national health emergency Mar 23 NM closes nonessential businesses, prohibits mass gatherings June 1 NM allows indoor dining, gyms at 50% cap; retail stores, malls, houses of worship at 25% Jul 13 NM bans indoor dining; limits gyms, close-contact businesses to 25% cap Aug 29 NM restores indoor dining at 25% cap; increases houses of worship to 40%; museums with static displays can open at 25% cap; public gatherings limited to 10 Sep 18 NM permits youth sports conditioning, state park overnight camping, swimming pools to open, each in groups up to 10 Oct 16: NM limits public gatherings to 5; max hotel occupancy 60%/ state-certified, 25%/non-certified; 10 p.m. close for businesses serving alcohol Oct. 23: NM restaurants, breweries, retail stores, gyms, salons, close for 2 weeks if 4 positive tests in 14 days; state museums, cultural sites closed; 10 p.m. close for retail stores; restaurants, breweries must test, train employees, log onsite diners. Oct 27: Las Cruces closes all indoor recreation facilities except aquatic center for 7 days, increases security to ensure face coverings worn at businesses and public outdoor facilities, including the farmers’ market.

What is COVID-19?  

Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds. They were discovered in 1931 in domesticated chickens in North Dakota. The first human coronavirus was isolated in the U.S. and U.K. in 1965. At least seven strains of human coronavirus are known. Coronaviruses cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The name comes from the Latin corona (“crown”) because of protein spikes on the virus’ surface that resemble crowns.

The newest coronavirus causes COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease 2019), first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough, tiredness; less common are aches and pains, nasal congestion, headache, sore throat, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, skin rash or discoloration of fingers or toes. Symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic (about 40%), 20% are more serious, with difficulty breathing.

H1N1 influenza A (a different virus) caused two global pandemics: 1) Spanish Flu: Feb 1918-Apr 1920, up to 500m cases, 50m died, world pop: 1.8b; 2) Swine Flu: Jan 2009-Aug 2010; 491,382 known/700m-1.4b estimated cases, 150-575t died, world pop: 6.8b. Influenza (flu) is a virus that attacks the respiratory system.

Other flu pandemics. 1957-58: 2m died worldwide, 70k in U.S.; 1968-69: 1m died worldwide, 34t in U.S.

Seasonal flu. U.S.: Oct 1, 2019-Apr 4, 2020 (flu season): 39-56m cases, 410-740t hosp, 24-62t died. Annually since 2010: 9-45m cases, 140-810t hosp, 12-61t died. Worldwide: 250-500t annual flu deaths.

COVID-19 Information Online

World Health Organization www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Global COVID-19 statistics https://news.google.com/covid19/map?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

New Mexico Department of Health https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html

New Mexico public health orders https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/

NMDOH additional resources https://cv.nmhealth.org/

Doña Ana County/Joint Information Center www.donaanacounty.org

City of Las Cruces www.las-cruces.org/AlertCenter.aspx and covid19lascruces.com

Texas Department of State Health Services www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

El Paso County COVID-19 statistics http://epstrong.org/results.php