Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – October 16
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 39,262,967 (8,219,831 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,104,206(222,781 in United States)
- A new study conducted for the Department of Defense added to the growing belief that airline passengers face minimal risk of contracting coronavirus when wearing masks continuously while flying. The study found the risk of transmission of the virus through the air was reduced 99.7% via high air exchange rates, HEPA-filtered recirculation and downward ventilation found on modern jets.
- Pennsylvania added nearly 1,600 Covid-19 cases, marking the 10th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new cases. The state is adding an outdoor testing clinic in Ralpho Township, Northumberland County, to contain what health officials say is a “recent rapid increase in Covid-19 cases.”
- Ohio reported a record number of new coronavirus cases for a second day in a row with 2,039 new coronavirus cases. 13 counties were added as “high incidence counties,” where there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, bringing the total number of high incidence counties to 52.
- Philadelphia public schools will begin phasing back in-person learning starting November 30. Pre-kindergarten through second grade students can resume in-person learning through a hybrid model. The plan further delays in-person learning for the remainder of the student body.
- New Mexico is reporting the highest infection levels the state has seen since the pandemic began. The positivity rate is 8.1%, and hospitalizations are up 74%. The Governor is extending the emergency public health order, with new mitigation efforts going into effect today.
- Georgia’s Governor signed an executive order extending current Covid-19 restrictions through October 31. The state’s public health emergency remains in place until November 9.
- Starting Sunday, a curfew will be in effect in the Paris region and nine cities across France from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Police will enforce the curfew and those breaking it will be fined 135 euros the first time and up to 3,750 euros and three months in jail for the third violation.
- Lancashire, in northwest England, will be placed under strict restrictions after moving to the country’s highest Covid-19 alert level. Pubs and bars not serving food will close and indoor social gatherings with people from different households are banned. It is the second region to be placed under Tier 3 rules after Liverpool earlier this week.
- The rise in new Covid-19 cases in Europe is far higher than the US, according to data from the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University. The surge in the five worst-affected European nations — France, the UK, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands — was nearly 42% higher than the increase in the US the week of October 6 to 13, according to JHU’s seven-day moving average of new cases.
- Poland reported its highest daily Covid-19 death count, with 132 fatalities. Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, entered quarantine on Tuesday after coming into contact with an infected person.
- Russia reported 15,150 new cases of coronavirus, almost 1,000 more compared to the previous record daily increase. Russia has seen a surge in cases the past two weeks, updating its record in single-day increases almost every day.
- 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.
- CDC Symptoms page
- See Interfor’s new blog post about protecting your leadership and VIPs during this era.