COVID-19 all-in-one update

COVID-19 all-in-one update

(NEW YORK) — 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: 5,019,676
Global deaths: 328,565.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 93,439.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 1,913,103

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 1,551,853 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 93,439.  New York state has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 28,636.
U.S. total patients recovered: 294,312
U.S. total people tested: 12,647,791

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 354,370 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.  New Jersey is next, with 150,776 reported cases out of a total population of 8.88 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
Global COVID-19 infections now exceed five million
The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide has now exceeded five million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  That increase represents a jump of 106,000 cases in 24 hours, which is the largest single-day increase since the pandemic first originated in Wuhan, China, said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a Wednesday statement.  The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has been increasing by one million roughly every two weeks since April 1, when one million global cases were recorded.  That number was two million by April 15, three million by April 27, and four million by May 9.  The United States still has the most confirmed infections of any single nation, with 1,551,853 and 93,439 deaths.  At least 1,913,103 people have died of the virus worldwide as of Monday morning.

Another 2.4 million apply for unemployment as pandemic keeps businesses closed
An additional 2,438,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits the week ending May 16, according to numbers released this morning by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The number represents a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week’s numbers, which were revised down by 294,000, from 2,981,000 to 2,687,000.  Some 38.6 million Americans have now applied for unemployment benefits in the nine weeks since the COVID-19 virus began impacting the economy, meaning about one in four people in the U.S. workforce have lost their jobs.  Millions of eligible Americans are still waiting to receive their government economic stimulus benefit, with some estimates declaring that about 60 percent of benefits have been paid out so far, with the possibility that some families won’t receive theirs for months to come.

Study shows earlier national lockdown could have saved 36,000 lives
A new Columbia University study shows that had the U.S. instituted COVID-19 lockdown protocols just one week earlier, some 36,000 lives could have been saved.  And if the protocols had begun March 1, 83% of COVID-19 deaths in America could have been avoided, the study claims.  That translates to roughly 54,000 fewer deaths by early May.  The New York Times reports researchers at the university based their estimates on modeling that shows how social distancing slows the transmission of the virus.  Most of the U.S. began closing schools and businesses and practicing social distancing in late March.  The United States has the most confirmed COVID-19 infections of any single nation, with 1,551,853 and 93,439 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  All 50 states have now begun to loosen lockdown restrictions, even as medical experts warn it could lead to a resurgence of coronavirus infections and deaths in the weeks to come.

Good news!
Texas man meets preacher whose plasma donation saved his life
Things weren’t looking good for Jose Martinez last month.  As WFAA Dallas reports, the 42-year-old was admitted to Texas Health Fort Worth and diagnosed with COVID-19, which soon worsened to the point he was placed on a ventilator.  None of the hospital’s treatments were helping, so pulmonologist Dr. John Burke called Father Robert Pace, the county’s first COVID-19 case, since recovered and sent home.  Pace immediately agreed to Dr. Burke’s request for him to donate his plasma to help Martinez.  One week after receiving the plasma infusion, and after 11 days on a ventilator, Martinez walked out of the hospital.  Wednesday, Martinez and Father Pace met in person for the first time – wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, of course.  Martinez thanked Pace for saving his life, with both urging others who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma, to help others.  Said Pace, “I wanted to do whatever I could to help them, because people were dying from this.”

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