COVID-19 all-in-one update

(NEW YORK) — COVID-19 all-in-one update

Here’s the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus as of 9:30 a.m. ET.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 6,405,532
Global deaths: 380,773.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 106,181.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 2,747,909

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 1,831,821 diagnosed cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 106,181.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 29,968.
U.S. total patients recovered: 463,868
U.S. total people tested: 17,757,838

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 373,040 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 19.5 million.  That is the most reported cases than in any other single region in the world.  Moscow, Russia is next, with 187,216 reported cases out of a total population of at least 12.5 million.

Latest reported deaths per state
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School closures
For a state-by-state interactive map of current school closures, please visit the Education Week website, where numbers are updated once daily.

There are 98,277 public schools and 34,576 private schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those schools educate almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students.

The latest headlines
USDA confirms COVID-19 infection in dog in the US
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first case of a COVID-19 virus infection in a pet dog in New York state, with another dog in the same home testing positive for antibodies indicating possible prior infection.  This is the first confirmed case of canine COVID-19 infection in the United States, after test results on an earlier suspected dog infection were determined to be inconclusive.  According to the USDA: “Samples from the dog were taken after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The dog is expected to make a full recovery. One of the dog’s owners tested positive for COVID-19, and another showed symptoms consistent with the virus, prior to the dog showing signs. A second dog in the household has shown no signs of illness; however, antibodies were also identified in that dog, suggesting exposure.”  The USDA further notes “there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus,” adding that “Based on the limited information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low. There is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.”

Red Cross says blood supply inventories have been “cut in half”
The national COVID-19 pandemic lockdown means has decreased the number of blood donations to the point that supplies have seen a “staggering” decrease, Chris Hrouda, president of biomedical services for the American Red Cross, tells The New York Times.  Hrouda said the lack of blood drives, coupled with social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, means “inventories have been cut in half… We’re starting to get into a critical situation.”  The Red Cross generally keeps enough blood on hand to meet national demand for five days, says Hrouda.  That supply is now enough to last for fewer than two days, which has already resulted in the Red Cross decreasing the blood they ship to hospitals per standing orders by 25%, with further reductions expected in the weeks to come.  Meanwhile, the need for blood is now increasing as hospitals begin to work through the backlog of elective surgeries that were postponed when the pandemic began.

Poll finds 27% say they’re unlikely to get COVID-19 vaccination, when available
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 27% of respondents saying they likely wouldn’t get vaccinated for COVID-19, if and when such a vaccination becomes available.  Fifteen percent said they “definitely” wouldn’t get the vaccine, with 12% saying they “probably” wouldn’t.  But those numbers diverge starkly among ideological lines:  45% of strong conservatives, 40% of Republicans and nearly as many evangelical Christians say they’d be unlikely to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, even if the vaccine were free.  Overall, 71% of respondents said they likely would get vaccinated, with 43% saying the definitely would and 28% declaring they probably would.  Eighty-one percent of respondents identifying themselves as Democratic or liberal said they’d definitely or probably get the vaccine.  Overall, 81% of people in U.S. counties with the most COVID-19 cases say they’d get a vaccine, compared with 61% of those in counties with the fewest cases.

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