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COVID-19 update: Thursday, Sept. 17


COVID-19 Statistics (Thursday, Sep 17, 2020 updates)

pos=positive; rec=recovered; hosp=hospitalized; vents=ventilators; b=billion; m=million; t=thousand

New Mexico 27,199 cases, 845,167 tests (3.218% pos), 836 died, 15,106 rec, 69 hosp. Sep 16: 27,041 cases, 837,400 tests (3.2292%), 832 died, 14,842 rec, 59 hosp. Sep 15: Statewide 7-day rolling average of daily cases at 90, well below gating criteria target of 168; statewide rate of spread, remains below 1.

Doña Ana County 3,068 cases, 75,039 tests (4.089% pos), 52 died, 1,751 rec. Sep 16: 3,047 cases, 74,599 tests (4.085%), 52 died, 1,740 rec.

Regional hospitals (Doña Ana, Luna, Catron, Grant, Sierra, Socorro, Lincoln, Hidalgo, Otero counties) Sep 16: 7 cases; 52 of 108 ICU beds, 17 of 82 vents in use. Sep 8: 9 cases; 53/112 ICU, 17 vents. (ICU/vents are all patients, not just COVID.) Aug 26: 13 cases, 50 ICU, 13 vents. Aug 19: 17 cases; 47 ICU, 17 vents. Aug 12: 21 cases; 55 ICU, 14 vents.

Texas 678,722 cases, 14,590 died, 594,817 rec, 3,249 hosp. Sep 16: 674,722 cases, 14,478 died, 590,837 rec, 3,246 hosp. Lab test positivity rate: Sep 14: 8.98%, Sep 16: 8.11%.

El Paso County 22,078 cases, 261,733 tests (8.44% pos), 479 died, 18,679 rec, 121 hosp. Sep 16: 21,965 cases, 259,604 tests (8.46%), 474, 18,535 rec, 119 hosp.

Mexico 680,931 cases, 71,978 died, 485,024 rec. Sep 16: 676,487 cases, 71,678 died, 481,068 rec.

Estado Chihuahua Sept 17: 13,743 cases, 1,301 died, 7,023 rec. Sep 15: 13,552 cases, 1,290 died, 6,867 rec.

Ciudad Juarez Sept. 17: 6,807 cases, 324 died. Sep 15: 6,757 cases, 815 died.

USA 6,653,328 cases, 196,680 died, 3,646,192 rec. Sep 16: 6,614,112 cases, 195,638 died, 3,627,912 rec.

Worldwide 29,940,411 cases (3,850/m), 942,259 died, 20,360,597 rec. Sep 16: 29,624,865 cases (3,810/m), 936,313 died, 20,129,145 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. Sep 18 N.M. permits youth sports conditioning in groups up to 10; overnight camping at most state parks in groups up to 10 (effect Oct. 1); swimming pools may open with up to 10 people in a pool at a time.

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% are asymptomatic.

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