Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – September 29
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 33,603,088 (7,363,152 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,007,038(209,865 in United States)
- President Trump announced a plan to deploy 150 million rapid coronavirus tests from Abbott Labs to help states with school reopening efforts.
- New York State added 834 positive Covid-19 cases, marking a 1.5% positivity rate, with Brooklyn, Orange County and Rockland county being heavy contributors to the rise. State health officials will be reaching out in those areas with additional testing and compliance measures.
- Wisconsin reported 2,817 new cases, the state’s highest single-day increase. The governor’s office attributed rising cases primarily to infections among 18- to 24-year-olds and said the state was “facing a new and dangerous phase” of the pandemic.
- Florida released a new executive order saying that the state will be immediately moving into Phase 3 of its reopening plans, which allows restaurants and bars to operate at full capacity, along with virtually every other business. Miami-Dade County, the hardest-hit county in the state for Covid-19 infections, is still enforcing its own set of protocols.
- The biotechnology company Inovio’s planned Phase 2/3 coronavirus vaccine trial has been put on partial hold. The FDA notified the company that it has additional questions about trial Phases 2 and 3 of the vaccine candidate INO-4800, including questions about the device used to deliver the vaccine in the trials.
- The Netherlands tightened its coronavirus restrictions while warning that its most severe wave of cases yet is likely to get worse. Bars and restaurants will close at 10 p.m., with no more than four people allowed in a group indoors, and a total capacity of 30 people. Outside gatherings will have a limit of 40 people with exceptions for funerals and religious gatherings.
- The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has added four more countries to the red list on its coronavirus map: The Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, and Hungary. Those nations have crossed the threshold of 120 infections per 100,000 people in the past two weeks.
- Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced a deal with Nepal’s Trinity Pharmaceuticals to supply 25 million doses of the Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine. The agreement will enable 90% of Nepal’s population access to the Russian vaccine, according to the RDIF.
- Brussels announced new restrictions after a rise in Covid-19 cases. Bars, cafes, and restaurants will close at 11 p.m., gatherings of more than 10 people in public spaces is banned from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.; and wearing a mask in public is mandatory.
- Canada’s largest province, Ontario, reported 700 new Covid-19 cases, a single day record since the start of the pandemic. Ontario reported that nearly 60% of all new infections were detected in those under age 40.
- 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.