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Friday, July 31, 2020

COVID-19 Updae for Friday, July 31, 2020
Includes Latest Numbers from Macon County Public Health

Here is an update for this afternoon on how humanity is dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic that is caused by SARS CoV-2. The story is told through links to news outlets, research papers, and videos. They are presented without comment.

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 31st and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 31st [LINK

Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting this past weekend since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.

456 Detected Cases (+6 in one day)
74 Active Positive (unchanged)
379 Recovered (+6 in one day)
3 Deaths (unchanged)

Testing Data for Macon County

4187 MCPH Tests (+73 in one day)
1427 Tests by Others (unchanged)
5614 Total Tests (+73 in one day)
305 Tests Pending Results (+68 in one day)


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Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 11,087 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,820 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 117,850 confirmed cases from 1,691,434 targeted tests, and 1,291 hospitalized and 1,865 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 118,387 people infected and 1,888 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]

Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]

(repeat from yesterday for those who missed this section)

Dr John Campbell

Coronavirus and Sepsis

White House Briefing (07-31-2020)

Research Papers, Clinical Trials and News About Such


Emergency Open-source Three-dimensional Printable Ventilator Circuit Splitter and Flow Regulator during the COVID-19 Pandemic [LINK]

A Case Series of 100 COVID-19 Positive Patients Treated with Combination of Ivermectin and Doxycycline [LINK]

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in nasal swabs using MALDI-MS [LINK]

Challenging COVID-19 with Creativity: Supporting Design Space Exploration for Emergency Ventilators [LINK]

COVID-19: Precautions with children in home mechanical ventilation [LINK]

Could prior exposure to common cold viruses affect the severity of SARS-CoV-2 symptoms? [LINK]

Rapid test for the determination of antibodies against Sars-Cov-2 [LINK]

Comorbidities for fatal outcome among the COVID-19 patients: a hospital-based case-control study [LINK]

The Folate Concentration and/or Folic Acid Metabolites in Plasma as Factor for COVID-19 Infection [LINK]

Circulating Mitochondrial DNA is an Early Indicator of Severe Illness and Mortality from COVID-19 [LINK]

Coronavirus Challenges in Primates, Compared [LINK]

No SARS-CoV-2 cross-neutralization by intravenous immunoglobulins produced from plasma collected before the 2020 pandemic [LINK]

Concerns about Waning COVID-19 Immunity Are Likely Overblown [LINK]

Masks, Masks, Masks

(Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!)

Detecting Covid-19 on the breath [LINK]

Examining the protection efficacy of face shields against cough aerosol droplets using water sensitive papers [LINK]

New study links Christian nationalism to going maskless and neglecting to social distance amid the COVID-19 pandemic [LINK]

US sheriffs rebel against state mask orders even as Covid-19 spreads [LINK]

McDonald's CEO says restaurants "might bring in law enforcement" if customers refuse to comply with mask policy [LINK]

Back to School

Download a PDF of "LIGHTING OUR WAY FORWARD: North Carolina's Guidebook for Re-opening Schools" [LINK]

Macon County Board of Education approves Plan B for upcoming school year [LINK]

Young Kids Could Spread COVID-19 As Much As Older Children and Adults [LINK]

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp — Georgia, June 2020 [LINK]

Indiana junior high student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school [LINK]

The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus: Large Parts of the Country would Likely See Infected Students if Classrooms Open Now [LINK]

AZ Charter school 'won't mandate a mask policy' as some parents want options that don't force masks [LINK]

Up to another 1,200 asked to quarantine after COVID-19 reported at Brevard graduations [LINK]

Sports, Entertainment and Other Crowded Venues

NFL players are opting to sit out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 [LINK]

6 MLB teams cancel games due to positive coronavirus tests [LINK]

20% Of Baseball Sidelined Today After Members Of The St. Louis Cardinals Test Positive For Coronavirus [LINK]

COVID-19 in the USA

Shut it down, start over, do it right - An open letter to America’s decision makers, on behalf of health professionals across the country. [LINK]

Health officials: U.S. doesn't have capacity to return COVID-19 tests within 72 hours right now [LINK]

Lowe's shelling out $100M in coronavirus bonuses to hourly workers [LINK]

COVID-19 hospital data is a hot mess after feds take control [LINK]

Fauci on Coronavirus Misinformation: Virus Is Not a Hoax and Children Are Not Immune [LINK]

Washington, NC Mayor in the hospital on a ventilator for COVID-19 [LINK]

Florida: ‘How are the bars still open?’ State collects 171 complaints from Tampa Bay area [LINK]

Bryan Cranston Reveals Bout With COVID-19: “Keep Wearing The Damn Mask!” [LINK]

Dr. Fauci says coronavirus is so contagious, it won't likely ever disappear [LINK]

Husband of Las Vegas ER nurse dies of COVID-19 while laid off, medical bills mounting [LINK]

New York COVID-19 patient with 'zero' survival chance returns home after months on a ventilator [LINK]

Live updates: Millions to lose financial lifeline as Senate adjourns without reaching deal on coronavirus aid [LINK]

Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' coronavirus vaccine will be ready before end of 2020 [LINK]

N.J. coronavirus transmission rate is highest in 3 months. ‘Alarms are going off,’ Murphy warns. [LINK]

New data from Harvard researchers says Florida should enact stay-at home order [LINK]

COVID-19 Around the World

Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Koike of Tokyo Warns if Numbers Keep Increasing, He will declare an emergency in Tokyo [JAPANESE]

Watch: UAE police dogs detect Covid-19 at Dubai airport [LINK]

Published at 5:25pm on Friday, July 31, 2020