Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – October 13
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 38,121,650 (8,038,653 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,086,640(220,027 in United States)
- New York City announced 62 summonses and over $150,000 in fines since Friday during pandemic-related closures and restrictions. The violations and fines come as the city grapples with a Covid-19 resurgence in several Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods.
- Scientists in Nevada confirmed that a 25-year-old was infected twice with the coronavirus earlier this year. It is the first confirmed case of so-called “reinfection” in the U.S. and the fifth confirmed reinfection case worldwide.
- New York State will deploy additional community testing resources to areas with upticks in coronavirus cases over the next few days. New York’s Covid-19 positivity rate is 1.12%, while the “red zone” hotspot areas have a positivity rate of 3.70%.
- Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson is pausing the advanced clinical trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers.
- Texas announced that state resources are being sent to El Paso to help support hospitals in the area as Covid-19 cases rise. Seventy-five medical personnel, including nurses and respiratory therapists, will join the 169 personnel previously sent.
- California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow multi-household gatherings outdoors. Three households can socialize together so long as they wear masks and follow safety precautions.
- The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing all 9 million residents for coronavirus following an outbreak linked to a hospital treating imported infections. More than 3.07 million people have been tested so far; no new cases have been identified from the more than 1.1 million samples already returned.
- Singapore and Indonesia agreed to partially reopen cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes starting October 26. Travelers will be required to take a swab tests from mutually recognized health institutions before departure and after arrival .
- The Czech Republic has introduced further restrictions after a surge in infections. All sporting, social and religious events will be limited to groups of ten indoors and 20 outdoors; university and high school students are barred from in-person learning.
- European Union countries agreed to a set of criteria to make the reporting of coronavirus cases and travel restrictions easier to understand. The recommendations include a new weekly “traffic light” map: red: high risk, orange: medium risk, green: low risk.
- Germany reported 24,584 new coronavirus cases in the past seven days, the highest weekly count since April. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet with the country’s 16 state premiers on Wednesday to discuss new coronavirus measures.
- 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.
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