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Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – January 19th

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – January 19th, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 95,653,304 (24,079,204 in United States)

Total Deaths: 2,043,271 (399,003 in United States) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • The United States will cross the grim mark 400,000 Coronavirus dead today. Some models show the number may rise to 500,000 by early February.
  • At least 122 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom have been found in 20 US states, according to data from the CDC.
  • California became the first state in the nation to record more than three million Covid-19 cases. More than a million of those cases are centralized in Los Angeles County.
  • New York Governor Cuomo said that hospitals that were able to quickly administer their allocated vaccine doses will get more, while those that have been slow will not be allocated more. Additionally, Cuomo asked Pfizer to sell doses of its vaccine directly to the state, bypassing the rules of the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed.
  • Washington State has turned to Starbucks for help with streamlining logistics for distribution of the vaccine. Starbucks has assigned 11 employees with expertise in deployment and operations to work on vaccine distribution.
  • All Los Angeles County residents 65 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine starting Thursday, under a new executive order signed by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis.

International  

  • Israel recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 10,021 cases.
  • Germany has discovered a new Covid-19 mutation variant among 35 hospital patients in Bavaria. Officials said the strain is different from recently-discovered variants in the UK and South Africa.
  • France is expanding its vaccination campaign to allow anyone over the age of 75 to be vaccinated. Additionally, the country has implemented new measures including travel restrictions for non-EU countries and a nationwide curfew for 15 days.
  • England is expanding the next phase of its Covid-19 vaccination campaign to offer doses to people age 70 and older and those considered vulnerable to the virus
  • Brazil started its nationwide coronavirus vaccination rollout plan after regulatory agency Anvisa authorized both the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the Coronavac vaccine for emergency use on Sunday.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • In light of the new Covid-19 strain thought to be considerably more contagious, all non-essential travel should be reconsidered. 
  • Wear a mask. There is no downside and projected deaths in the United States are considerably lower if the populace wears masks, according to several studies. 
  • You can download Interfor’s return to work guidelines here. 

WARNING:  Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.

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