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COVID-19 update: Monday, Sept. 14


COVID-19 Statistics (Monday, Sep 14, 2020 updates)

New Mexico 26,842 cases, 826,619 tests (3.2475% pos), 823 died, 14,470 rec, 60 hosp. Sep 13: 26,761 cases, 823,145 tests (3.275%), 823 died, 14,407 rec, 59 hosp.

Doña Ana County 3,031 cases, 73,963 tests (4.1% pos), 51 died, 1,707 rec. Sep 13: 3,026 cases, 73,699 tests (4.15%), 51 died, 1,702 rec.

Regional hospitals (Doña Ana, Luna, Catron, Grant, Sierra, Socorro, Lincoln, Hidalgo, Otero counties) Sep 8: 9 COVID-19 admissions; 53 of 112 ICU beds, 17 of 82 ventilators in use. (ICU/vent are for all patients, not just COVID.) Aug 26: 13 adm, 50 ICU, 13 vent. Aug 19: 17 adm; 47 ICU, 17 vent. Aug 12: 21 adm; 55 ICU, 14 vent.

Texas No update. Sep 13: 649,809 cases, 5,878,345 tests (11.0543%), 13,853 died, 564,114 rec, 3,575 hosp.

El Paso County 21,731 cases, 465 died, 18,367 rec, 111 hosp. Sep 13: 21,621 cases, 170,624 tests (12.672%), 464 died, 18,211 rec.

Mexico 668,381 cases, 70,821 died, 471,623 rec. Sep 11: 647,507 cases, 69,095 died, 454,982 rec.

Estado Chihuahua 13,420 cases, 1,287 died, 6,852 rec. Sep 13: 13,344 cases, 1,277 died, 6,804 rec.

Ciudad Juarez 6,710 cases, 815 died. Sep 13: 6,691 cases, 813 died.

USA 6,545,898 cases, 194,066 died, 3,578,770 rec. Sep 11: 6,390,052 cases, 191,094 died, 3,509,263 rec.

Worldwide 29,075,608 cases (3,739/m), 925,284 died, 19,649,654 rec. Sep 11: 27,933,388 cases (3,592/m), 905,181 died, 18,819,38 rec.

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 in Wuhan, China Jan 21, 2020 First U.S. case confirmed, in Washington State Jan 30 World Health Organization declares global health emergency Feb 29 First U.S. death reported, in Washington State Mar 11 N.M. announces first cases, declares public health emergency Mar 13 U.S. declares national health emergency Mar 23 N.M. closes nonessential businesses, prohibits mass gatherings June 1 N.M. allows indoor dining, gyms at 50% of capacity; retail stores, malls, houses of worship at 25% Jul 13 N.M. bans indoor dining; limits gyms, close-contact businesses to 25% of capacity. Aug 29 N.M. restores indoor dining at 25% of capacity; increases houses of worship to 40%; museums with static displays can open at 25% of capacity; mass gatherings limited to 10 people. (Current N.M. public health orders are in effect thru Friday, Sept. 18.)

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 in the U.S. and UK 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 and 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, 20% are more serious, with difficulty breathing; about 40% of those infected are asymptomatic.

A different virus, H1N1 influenza A, caused two global pandemics: 1) Spanish Flu: Feb 1918-Apr 1920, up to 500m cases, 50m died, world pop: 1.8b; in 2008; 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.: 2019-20 (Oct 1, 2019-Apr 4, 2020): 39-56m cases, 410-740t hospitalized, 24-62t died; since 2010: 9-45m cases, 140-810t hospitalized, 12-61t died annually. Worldwide: 250-500t annual flu deaths.

COVID-19 Information Online

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

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

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/

New Mexico Department of Health additional resources https://cv.nmhealth.org/

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

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

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

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