COVID Mitigation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are trying to adjust as quickly and effectively as they can. Here are some applications, tips, and suggestions for ways your business can utilize hook and loop to provide a safe and productive environment in a variety of industries.

Social Distancing Solutions

Social distance guidelines recommend maintaining at least 6 feet of space whenever possible. This means that seating plans need to be adjusted. Floor plans needs to be altered. Traffic flow needs to be controlled. Hook and loop products are available to help which each of these social distancing tips and we offer products that can match your color scheme and be branded with your logo.

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Signage

There are also adhesive backed hook and loop products for hanging signage and sew on hook fasteners are ideal for marking carpet.

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Social Distancing Recommendations By Industry

Tips, suggestions and recommendations for social distancing solutions tailored to your specific industry.

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PPE Hook and Loop Solutions

Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, has been in high demand since this pandemic began. Many manufacturers have transitioned from making their own products to manufacturing face shield and face masks. Our hook and loop can help. We've provided sew on fasteners for face shield manufacturers and we've made back straps and two way face straps for other face shield and face mask manufacturers as a component of their assembly. If you need hook and loop products for your PPE solutions, we can help.

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COVID Tracker

We'll keep you up to date on the latest news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

November 24th, 2020

The US CDC reported 12.18M total cases and 255,958 deaths. The US surpassed 12 million cumulative cases on November 21. From the first case reported in the US on January 22, it took 96 days to reach 1 million cases. From there:

  • 1M - 2M: 44 days
  • 2M - 3M: 27 days
  • 3M - 4M: 15 days
  • 4M - 5M: 17 days
  • 5M - 6M: 22 days
  • 6M - 7M: 25 days
  • 7M - 8M: 21 days
  • 8M - 9M: 14 days
  • 9M - 10M: 10 days
  • 10M - 11M: 7 days
  • 11M - 12M: 5 days

  • The US reported its 3 highest single day totals on November 19-21, including a record high of 192,673 new cases on November 20. Additionally, the US is currently averaging more than 170,000 new cases per day, which corresponds to nearly 1.2 million new cases each week. The US also reported more than 2,000 deaths on November 19 for the first time since May 14 with the exception of 2,516 deaths reported on June 25, which included 1,854 probable deaths reported by New Jersey that were recorded from the onset of the pandemic to that date.

    November 20th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 11.47M total cases and 249,670 deaths. The US is averaging more than 160,000 new cases per day, which equates to nearly 1 million cases every 6 days. Notably, 250,000 deaths corresponds to one COVID-19 death for every 1,333 people in the US. Additionally, COVID-19 is estimated to be the third leading cause of death in the US. Based on US CDC data from 2018, the top 3 leading causes of death were heart disease (655,381 deaths), cancer (599,274), and accidents/unintentional injury (167,127).

    Two-thirds of all US states now have reported more than 150,000 cumulative cases, including 20 with more than 200,000 cases.

  • >1 million: California, Texas
  • >800,000: Florida
  • >600,000: Illinois
  • >500,000: New York
  • >400,000: Georgia
  • >300,000: Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin
  • >200,000: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia

  • November 18th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 11.14M total cases and 246,232 deaths. From the first case reported in the US on January 22, it took 96 days to reach 1 million cases. From there:

  • 1M - 2M: 44 days
  • 2M - 3M: 27 days
  • 3M - 4M: 15 days
  • 4M - 5M: 17 days
  • 5M - 6M: 22 days
  • 6M - 7M: 25 days
  • 7M - 8M: 21 days
  • 8M - 9M: 14 days
  • 9M - 10M: 10 days
  • 10M - 11M: 7 days
  • The daily incidence in the US has surpassed 150,000 new cases per day, just 11 days after first reporting more than 100,000 new cases in a single day. The US has reported more than 100,000 cases for 9 consecutive days and 12 of the last 13. Additionally, the US is reporting 1,214 deaths per day, the highest average since May 22. The US daily mortality has increased nearly 75% over the past month.

    Two-thirds of all US states now have reported more than 150,000 cumulative cases, including 20 with more than 200,000 cases.

  • >1 million: California, Texas
  • >800,000: Florida
  • >500,000: Illinois, New York
  • >400,000: Georgia
  • >300,000: North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin
  • >200,000: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia

  • November 16th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 10.85M total cases and 244,810 deaths. The US is averaging 148,280 new cases per day, the highest since May 24. The US is averaging 1,180 deaths per day, and it could reach 250,000 cumulative deaths by the end of the week. The US reported a new single day record for daily incidence on Firday with 194,610 new cases. This is 36% more cases than the previous record, which was reported on the previous day.

    Two-thirds of all US states now have reported more than 150,000 cumulative cases, and 20 have reported more than 200,000 cases.

  • >1 million: California, Texas
  • >800,000: Florida
  • >500,000: Illinois, New York
  • >400,000: Georgia
  • >300,000: North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin
  • >200,000: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia

  • On a per capita basis, more than half of all US states are reporting higher cumulative incidence than New York City, the country's biggest hotspot early in the epidemic, including North and South Dakota, which are reporting more than twice the per capita cumulative incidence as New York City.

    Moderna Therapeutics issued a series of press releases over the past several days regarding the progress for the Phase 3 clinical trials for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Last week, Moderna announce that it identified enough cases among study participants--ie, at least 53--to conduct the first interim analysis on the vaccine's efficacy. The study completed enrollment of 30,000 participants in late October, and the primary metric is preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease, with secondary aims of preventing severe disease and preventing infection. The most noteworthy news, however, was the announcement that interim analysis of the data indicates that the candidate vaccine could be nearly 95% effective. Like Pfizer's announcement last week, this update was provided in a press release and the actual data still need to be published and reviewed, however the news is promising that multiple highly efficacious vaccines could be available in 2021.

    Both Pfizer and Moderna are expected to file for Emergency Use Authorization with the US FDA, and regulatory authorities in other countries, including the European Medicines Agency, have also announced they will review the Moderna candidate. The news about both vaccine candidates has been received positively and with relief, especially as initial expectations about the efficacy of mRNA vaccines were somewhat low.

    November 13th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 10.31M total cases and 241,069 deaths. The US reported a new single day incidence record for the second consecutive day with 143,408 new cases and the average daily incidence surpassed 120,000 new cases per day, the highest average since August 1.

    Half of all US states now have reported more than 150,000 cumulative cases, including 17 with more than 200,000 cases.

  • >900,000: California, Texas
  • >800,000: Florida
  • >500,000: Illinois, New York
  • >300,000: Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin
  • >200,000: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
  • November 11th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 10.04M total cases and 237,731 deaths. A cumulative incidence of 10M cases corresponds to approximately 3% of the entire US population. From the first case reported in the US on January 22, it took 96 days to reach 1 million cases. From there:

  • 1M - 2M: 44 days
  • 2M - 3M: 27 days
  • 3M - 4M: 15 days
  • 4M - 5M: 17 days
  • 5M - 6M: 22 days
  • 6M - 7M: 25 days
  • 7M - 8M: 21 days
  • 8M - 9M: 14 days
  • 9M - 10M: 10 days
  • The daily incidence in the US is nearly 110,000 new cases per day and still increasing exponentially. The US is also reporting 976 deaths per day, an increase of nearly 40% since October 18.

    More than half of all US states now have reported more than 100,000 cumulative cases, including 17 with more than 200,000 cases.

  • >900,000: California, Texas
  • >800,000: Florida
  • >500,000: New York
  • >400,000: Illinois
  • >300,000: Georgia
  • >200,000: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin

  • By essentially every metric, the US COVID-19 epidemic is accelerating at a concerning rate. The average daily incidence more than doubled in less than a month -- from approximately 50,000 new cases per day on October 12 to 110,000 daily cases on November 9 -- with no sign of slowing.

    November 9th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 9.81M total cases and 236,547 deaths, including 132,830 new cases reported on Saturday, which is more than 75% higher than any single day during the previous 2 peaks. The average daily COVID-19 incidence is nearly 100,000 new cases per day, almost triple the low reported in mid-September.

    Most US states now have reported at least 100,000 cumulative cases, including 17 with more than 200,000 cases.

  • >900,000: California, Texas
  • >800,000: Florida
  • >500,000: New York
  • >400,000: Illinois
  • >300,000: Georgia
  • >200,000: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin

  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and BioNTech announced interim efficacy results from the Phase 3 clinical trial of their candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. According to press releases issued by both companies, preliminary analysis of trial data shows that the vaccine could be 90% efficacious. The study has enrolled 43,538 participants, including 38,955 who have received both doses of the vaccine (as of November 8). No serious adverse events have been reported so far among trial participants. The preliminary results were only reported via a press release and the full datasets have not been published publicly and have not been subjected to peer review. Pfizer has reported that 50 million doses of the vaccine could be available by the end of the year and 1.3 billion doses in 2021.

    November 6th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 9.46M total cases and 233,129 deaths, including 106,537 new cases reported yesterday, the first country to surpass 100,000 case in a single day. The daily COVID-19 incidence continues to increase and set new records, now up to an average of 89,912 new cases per day.

    Most US states now have reported at least 100,000 cases, including 14 with more than 200,000 cases.

  • >900,000: California, Texas
  • >800,000: Florida
  • >500,000: New York
  • >400,000: Illinois
  • >300,000: Georgia
  • >200,000: Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin

  • Alabama, Indiana, and Missouri are all expected to exceed 200,000 cumulative cases in the near future as well.

    November 4th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 9.27M total cases and 230,893 deaths, including 86,190 new cases reported yesterday, the fourth highest total to date. Most US states now have reported at least 100,000 cases, including 14 with more than 200,000 cases. California and Texas with more than 900,000, Florida with more than 800,000, New York with more than 500,000, Illinois with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin with more than 200,000.

    November 2nd, 2020

    The US CDC reported 9.1M total cases and 229,932 deaths. The average daily incidence is currently at 80,932 new cases, which is a slight decrease from the 83,851 new cases per day reported last week. Most US states now have reported at least 100,000 cases, including 13 with more than 200,000 cases. California and Texas with more than 900,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York and Illinois with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin with more than 200,000.

    October 30th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 8.83M total cases and 227,045 deaths. Daily incidence continues to increase, now up to 81,599 new cases per day, representing a 22% increase in daily reported cases compared to last week and now surpassing the previous highest peak in mid-July. Most US states now have reported at least 100,000 cases, including 13 with more than 200,000 cases. California with more than 900,000, Texas with more than 800,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin with more than 200,000.

    In terms of cases per 100,000 population, states in the West and Midwest including but not limited to Montana, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have reported at least 50 new cases per 100,000 population within the past 7 days. Idaho, which was in that category last week, reported 48 new cases per 100,000 and is still of concern for high levels of new cases. North and South Dakota have reported a staggering 114.2 and 112.6 cases per 100,000 population, after slow adoption of social distancing and public health measures.

    October 28th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 8.68M total cases and 225,084 deaths. Daily incidence continues to increase, now up to 63,589 new cases per day, compared to 59,699 new cases reported last Wednesday and almost as high as the peak incidence in late July. The 7 day moving average of US COVID-19 mortality was 797 for October 26th, compared to increasing numbers of daily deaths in recent weeks. Most US states now have reported at least 100,000 cases, including 12 with more than 200,000 cases. California and Texas with more than 800,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, and Wisconsin with more than 200,000.

    Healthcare systems across the United States are feeling the burden of increased COVID-19 incidence. Hospitals in communities across the country are nearing full capacity as the number of currently hospitalized patients exceeds 41,000. Despite this surge in new infections, the mortality rate for COVID-19 has remained relatively stable. This is good news considering the rise in new infections, but the quality of care could be at risk if availability of care becomes more limited.

    October 26th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 8.55M total cases and 224,221 deaths. Daily incidence continues to increase, now up to 83,851 new cases per day, the highest since August 3rd. The US COVID-19 mortality continues to hover around 900 deaths per day. More than half of all US states have reported more than 100,000 cases, including 11 with more than 200,000 cases. California and Texas lead with more than 800,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin with more than 200,000.

    October 23rd, 2020

    The US CDC reported 8.31M total cases and 221,438 deaths. Daily incidence continues to increase, now up to 59,699 new cases per day, the highest since August 3rd. The US COVID-19 mortality increased from approximately 700 deaths per day to 773. More than half of all US states have reported more than 100,000 cases, including 10 with more than 200,000 cases. California and Texas lead with more than 800,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee with more than 200,000. The US CDC has updated its "close contact" definition from a 15 minute exposure within six feet of an infected individual to a cumulative 15 minute exposure within six feet of an infected individual over a 24 hour period.

    October 21st, 2020

    The US CDC reported 8.19M total cases and 219,499 deaths. Daily incidence continues to increase, now up to 57,291 new cases per day, the highest since August 5th. The US COVID-19 mortality increased from approximately 700 deaths per day to 721. More than half of all US states have reported more than 100,000 cases, including 10 with more than 200,000 cases. California and Texas lead with more than 800,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee with more than 200,000. Nationally, 37 states are reporting increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations, including 21 states that have recently reported new records or are near their previous record and still increasing.

    October 19th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 8.08M total cases and 218,511 deaths. Daily incidence continues to increase, now up to 55,323 new cases per day, the highest since August 5th. On Saturday, the CDC reported 70,078 new cases, the highest daily incidence since July 24th and the sixth highest daily total to date. The US surpassed 8 million cumulative cases. From the first case reported in the US on January 22nd, it took 96 days to reach 1 million cases.

    From there:

  • 1M to 2M: 44 days
  • 2M to 3M: 27 days
  • 3M to 4M: 15 days
  • 4M to 5M: 17 days
  • 5M to 6M: 22 days
  • 6M to 7M: 25 days
  • 7M to 8M: 21 days

  • More than half of all US states have reported more than 100,000 cases, including 10 with more than 200,000 cases. California and Texas lead with more than 800,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee with more than 200,000.

    October 16th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.89M total cases and 216,025 deaths, with daily incidence climbing up to 52,350 new cases per day, the highest since August 13th. At this rate, the US should surpass 8 million cumulative cases by tomorrow. US mortality continues to hold steady at approximately 700 daily deaths per day. More than half of all US states have reported more than 100,000 cases, including California and Texas with more than 800,000, Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee with more than 200,000.

    October 14th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.87M total cases and 214,446 deaths, with daily incidence climbing up to 50,181 new cases per day, the first time above 50,000 daily cases since August 17th. The US should surpass 8 million cumulative cases in the next 4-5 days. US mortality continues to hold steady at approximately 675-700 daily deaths per day. More than half of all US states have reported more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 800,000, Texas and Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee with more than 200,000. Texas is expected to surpass 800,000 cumulative cases in the next several days.

    October 12th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.70M total cases and 213,614 deaths, with approximately 675-700 daily deaths over the past week. Half of all US states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 800,000, Texas and Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee with more than 200,000.

    The age distribution for COVID-19 cases has shifted toward younger adults over the past several months, in the US and elsewhere. Researchers from the US CDC COVID-19 Response Team sought to better characterize potential drivers of this phenomenon by evaluating patients between 18 and 23 years old in Winnebago, WI. The researchers identified exposure to misinformation, conflicting or inconsistent public health messaging, and low perceived severity of disease as factors that may contribute to riskier behavior among young adults. They also identified numerous barriers to consistent and effective mask use among this age group, including the absence of a local or national mask mandate, social or peer pressure to not wear a mask, and mixed perceptions regarding the effectiveness of mask use. The study was conducted in March-July.

    October 9th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.53M total cases and 211,132 deaths, averaging 675 deaths per day. Mortality trends tend to lag 2-3 weeks behind incidence, and incidence continues to climb in the US, now up to 44,984 new cases per day, so this will be important to monitor in the coming weeks. Half of all US states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 800,000, Texas and Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee with more than 200,000.

    October 5th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.36M total cases and 208,821 deaths, averaging 684 deaths per day. In total, 24 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 800,000, Texas and Florida with more than 700,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia and Illinois with more than 300,000, and Arizona, New Jersey, and North Carolina with more than 200,000.

    On Friday, President Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment and monitoring. The exact timing of his SARS-CoV-2 tests and the onset of symptoms remain unclear. The President was subsequently discharged from the hospital yesterday. In addition to President Trump, a number of close advisers and Republican officials have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 over the past several days.

    October 2nd, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.21M total cases and 206,402 deaths, averaging 713 deaths per day. In total, 22 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 800,000, Texas with more than 700,000, Florida with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and North Carolina with more than 200,000. Florida's COVID-19 website is reporting more than 700,000 cases and that is expected to be reflected in the CDC data in the coming days. Additionally, Minnesota's COVID-19 website is reporting more than 100,000 cases and should soon be reflected in the CDC data. Illinois is expected to surpass 300,000 cases, Tennessee to surpass 200,000 cases, and Mississippi to surpass 100,000 cases over the next several days.

    Early this morning, President Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The announcement follows a report that Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest advisers, tested positive earlier this week.

    September 30th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.13M total cases and 204,598 deaths, averaging 733 deaths per day. In total, 22 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 800,000, Texas with more than 700,000, Florida with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and North Carolina with more than 200,000. Florida's COVID-19 website is reporting more than 700,000 cases and that is expected to be reflected in the CDC data in the coming days. As daily COVID-19 is once again on the rise in the US, the Midwest region continues to drive the current resurgence. As a whole, Midwestern states (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI) are currently reporting more than 12,500 new cases per day, more than a quarter of the national total. This daily incidence is more than 5 times the incidence at the minimum reported in mid-June and more than double the first peak in early May.

    September 28th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 7.06M total cases and 204,033 deaths, averaging 755 deaths per day. It took 96 days to reach 1 million cases.

    From there:

  • 1M to 2M: 44 days
  • 2M to 3M: 27 days
  • 3M to 4M: 15 days
  • 4M to 5M: 17 days
  • 5M to 6M: 22 days
  • 6M to 7M: 25 days

  • In total, 22 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California and Texas with more than 700,000, Florida with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and North Carolina with more than 200,000. California's state COVID-19 website is currently reporting more than 800,000 cases, and Florida's COVID-19 website is reporting more than 700,000 cases. We expect both of those to be reflected in the CDC data in the coming days.

    September 25th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.92M total cases and 201,411 deaths, averaging 732 deaths per day. In total, 22 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California and Texas with more than 700,000, Florida with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona, Illinois, and New Jersey with more than 200,000.

    September 23rd, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.83M total cases and 199,462 deaths, averaging 767 deaths per day. In total, 22 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona, Illinois, and New Jersey with more than 200,000.

    September 21st, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.75M total cases and 198,754 deaths, averaging 794 deaths per day. In total, 22 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, Georgia with more than 300,000, and Arizona and Illinois with more than 200,000. The average daily incidence has increased by 11% over the last 3 days and daily mortality has increased by 17% over the last 4 days.

    September 18th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.61M total cases and 196,277 deaths, averaging 859 deaths per day. In total, 21 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. The US is #2 in Total Daily Incidence with 40,691 daily cases. India leads all countries with 91,593 new cases per day.

    September 16th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.54M total cases and 194,092 deaths, averaging 772 deaths per day. In total, 21 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. Globally, at least 11 countries are reporting test positivity greater than 15%, at least 3 times higher than the WHO's 5% benchmark. Of these countries, 4 are reporting test positivity greater than 30%. Those are Argentina (51.6%), Mexico (47.4%), Oman (38.9%), and Bolivia (32.5%). Additionally, a number of these countries are reporting increasing trends which indicates that testing capacity is not sufficient to accurately capture the existing level of community transmission. In the US, test positivity has increased sharply over the past several days as well, up from 4.8% to 6.1% from September 10th to 13th.

    September 14th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.47M total cases and 193,195 deaths, averaging 734 deaths per day. In total, 21 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000.

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published data on national economies for G20 countries in Quarter 2 of 2020. As a whole, the G20 economy contracted by 6.9% from Quarter 1. This contraction is an all-time record and more than 4 times what was observed during the peak of the 2009 global financial crisis. Of the G20 countries, China was the only one to report economic growth (+11.5%), likely in part due to its success in containing its epidemic. Excluding China, the combined economy of the rest of the G20 contracted by 11.8%.

    Less than a week after suspending Phase 3 clinical trials for its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine due to a serious adverse event, AstraZeneca announced that the trials have resumed in the UK.

    The CEO of Pfizer, Inc. announced that the company could be ready to begin distributing its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to the American public by the end of 2020.

    September 11th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.34M total cases and 190,262 deaths, averaging 738 deaths per day. In total, 20 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000.

    September 9th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.29M total cases and 188,688 deaths, averaging 805 deaths per day. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. The phase 3 clinical trial for AstraZeneca's candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (developed in collaboration with Oxford University) has been paused following the identification of a serious adverse event in one of the participants. Neither AstraZeneca nor Oxford University have yet disclosed details of the adverse event, which reportedly occurred in the UK; however, The New York Times reports that the patient developed transverse myelitis. It has not yet been determined whether the condition was associated with the vaccine. An earlier clinical trial for the AstraZeneca vaccine was also paused following the diagnosis of transverse myelitis in a participant, but the trial resumed after a safety review determined that the condition was not related to the vaccine. These types of holds on Phase 3 trials are not uncommon. Phase 3 trials are designed to identify less common adverse events by recruiting tens of thousands of participants. Because these rarer side effects occur infrequently, they may not have been detected in smaller Phase 1 or Phase 2 trials.

    September 4th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6.09M total cases and 185,092 deaths including 1,009 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. Countries and organizations around the world, including US colleges and universities, are launching mobile apps to support COVID-19 contact tracing and notification efforts using bluetooth technology.

    September 2nd, 2020

    The US CDC reported 6M total cases and 183,050 deaths including 428 new deaths. From the first case reported in the US on January 22nd, it took 98 days to reach 1 million cases.

    From there:

  • 1M to 2M: 44 days
  • 2M to 3M: 27 days
  • 3M to 4M: 14 days
  • 4M to 5M: 18 days
  • 5M to 6M: 21 days

  • In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 700,000, Florida and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. Case fatality in the US at a national level seems to be leveling off at approximately 3%, but that varies considerably from state to state. States affected early in the US epidemic are reporting elevated case fatality ratios, including Connecticut (8.4%), New Jersey (8.3%), Massachusetts (7.0%), Michigan (6.0%), New Hampshire (5.9%), New York (5.8%), and Pennsylvania (5.7%). This is largely driven by the early patient surge and associated impact on local health systems, under-reporting of cases due to an absence or dearth of testing early in the epidemic, and improved clinical care for COVID-19 patients over the past several months. These fatality ratios are weighted heavily by those initial patients. States that were severely affected during the summer resurgence—including Arizona (2.5%), California (1.8%), Florida (1.8%), and Texas (2.1%)—have fared much better in terms of case fatality. However, they had the advantage of advanced warning that provided additional time to improve preparedness and acquire necessary resources (eg, PPE, ventilators) as well as increased testing capacity, which identified many more cases than early in the pandemic.

    August 31st, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.93M total cases and 182,149 deaths including 1,006 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California, Florida, and Texas with more than 600,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Arizona, Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. The US is currently averaging 928 deaths per day. Reinfection has been identified in at least 2 patients. A Hong Kong patient tested positive with 2 different strains of the virus with the second incidence being asymptomatic. A Nevada patient tested positive with a second strain of the virus a month after being discharged and receiving two negative diagnostic tests. The Nevada patient experienced much more severe disease during his second infection. While it appears that reinfection is relatively rare, researchers will inevitably identify more cases.

    August 28th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.80M total cases and 178,998 deaths including 1,239 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 600,000, Florida, and Texas with more than 500,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. Notably, the US fell out of the global top 10 in terms of per capita daily incidence. In total, there are 10 countries averaging more than 100 daily deaths. Brazil, India, and the US are all reporting essentially equal daily mortality, approximately 900-950 daily deaths. Mexico is reporting about half of that total with 498 deaths, and Colombia is reporting 326 daily deaths. The remaining 5 of the top 10 countries are reporting fewer than 250 daily deaths.

    August 26th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.72M total cases and 176,617 deaths including 394 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 600,000, Florida, and Texas with more than 500,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. The US represents approximately 24% of the total global COVID-19 incidence and 22% of the total global deaths, despite accounting for only 4% of the global population. The US passed its second COVID-19 peak in late July. Now, approximately 1 month after the peak daily incidence, the US seems to be exhibiting the start of a decline in mortality. The daily mortality has been slowly decreasing for at least the past week, dipping below 1,000 new deaths per day for the first time since July 27th.

    August 24th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.64M total cases and 175,651 deaths including 1,006 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 600,000, Florida, and Texas with more than 500,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. The US is averaging fewer than 1,000 deaths per day for the first time since July 27. Several US territories are exhibiting high per capita daily incidence, including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

    August 21st, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.51M total cases and 172,416 deaths including 1,404 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 600,000, Florida, and Texas with more than 500,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. For nearly 3 weeks, the US has averaged more than 1,000 deaths per day. Several US territories are exhibiting high per capita daily incidence, including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

    August 19th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.42M total cases and 169,870 deaths including 520 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 600,000, Florida, and Texas with more than 500,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. For nearly 3 weeks, the US has averaged more than 1,000 deaths per day. The US epidemic passed its second peak around July 24th and has decreased steadily in incidence since then.

    August 17th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.34M total cases and 168,696 deaths including 1,150 new deaths. In total, 19 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 600,000, Florida, and Texas with more than 500,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Georgia and Illinois with more than 200,000. For nearly 3 weeks, the US has averaged more than 1,000 deaths per day.

    August 14th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.18M total cases and 165,148 deaths including 1,497 new deaths. Following steady declines since July 24, the average daily incidence in the US increased slightly over the past 2 days, from 52,193 new cases per day to 53,361. In total, 17 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California, Florida, and Texas with more than 500,000, New York with more than 400,000, and Georgia with more than 200,000. The US remains #2 globally in terms of total daily incidence and fell to #9 in terms of per capita daily incidence.

    August 12th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 5.06M total cases and 162,407 deaths including 565 new deaths. From the first case reported in the US on January 22nd, it took 98 days to reach 1 million (1M) cases.

    From there:

  • 1M to 2M: 44 days
  • 2M to 3M: 27 days
  • 3M to 4M: 14 days
  • 4M to 5M: 18 days

  • In total, 17 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases to date, including California and Florida with more than 500,000 cases, New York and Texas with more than 400,000, and Georgia with more than 200,000. The US remains #2 globally in terms of total daily incidence and #8 in terms of per capita daily incidence.

    August 7th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 4.80M total cases and 157,631 deaths including 1,320 new deaths. The US will likely reach 5 million cases by the end of this weekend or Monday. In total, 13 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California with more than 500,000, Florida with nearly 500,000, and Texas with more than 450,000. The US may be approaching a peak in terms of daily mortality. Numerous countries around the world that previously had success against COVID-19 are experiencing an increase in incidence. Several countries in East and Southeast Asia are now taking renewed action against COVID-19 due to increases in transmission, including Japan and South Korea.

    August 5th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 4.70M total cases and 155,204 deaths including 733 new deaths. The US has reported fewer than 1,000 new deaths for the second consecutive day but this may be due in part to delays in weekend reporting. 13 states are reporting more than 100,000 cases with California surpassing 500,000 cases while Florida has passed 475,000. The Florida Department of Health is reporting more than 500,000 cumulative cases so that should be reflected in the CDC's reporting in the next couple of days. New York and Texas are each reporting more than 400,000 cases. Clinicians and researchers are investigating potential lingering health effects after COVID-19 patients recover from the acute stage of the disease. Much of the early research addresses treatment for the acute symptoms, particularl severe and life-threatening disease. More longitudinal studies are tracking patients after their recovery to identify conditions and symptoms that could last for months or longer including respiratory symptoms, but also the possibility of infecting a broad range of tissues including cognitive function and cardiological symptoms.

    August 3rd, 2020

    The US CDC reported 4.60M total cases and 154,002 deaths including 1,132 new deaths. The US has reported more than 1,000 new deaths for 10 of the past 12 days. California has surpassed 500,000 cases while Florida is approaching 475,000. New York and Texas are each reporting more than 400,000 cases and 9 additional states are reporting 100,000+ cases. Several candidate vaccines have initiated Phase 3 clinical trials which are much larger (involving tens of thousands of people instead of dozens or hundreds) and will provide a wealth of detailed safety and efficacy data over the next several months. These Phase 3 trials will also help to indicate the long-term efficacy of potential vaccines, whether seasonal boosters are necessary or if a single one-time vaccination is sufficient. A cruise ship operating out of Norway has experienced an outbreak of at least 40 passengers and crew, forcing the cruise line to suspend all of its cruises.

    July 31st, 2020

    The US CDC reported 4.41M total cases with 65,935 new cases and 150,283 deaths including 1,417 new deaths. California is reporting more than 475,000 cases while Florida, New York and Texas are each reporting more than 400,000 cases. 10 additional states are reporting 100,000+ cases. Recent studies may indicate that despite SARS-CoV-2 persisting and shedding from the body for more than 80 days in some cases, it only remains viable and infectious for approximately one week after the onset of symptoms. The authors conclude that PCR testing is likely not a good tool for evaluating patient recovery, because viral RNA is detectable long after the end of the infectious period.

    July 29th, 2020

    The US CDC reported 4.28M total cases and 147,672 deaths including 1,126 new deaths. California is reporting more than 450,000 cases while Florida and New York are each reporting more than 400,000 cases and Texas reports more than 375,000 cases. 8 additional states are reporting 100,000+ cases.

     

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