COVID-19 News | December 13, 2020

Microscopic view of COVID-19
Credit | WA Public Health

COVID-19 has been around since it had first suspected a case in December of 2019 with more probable cases in January of 2020. With the rise in cases and a high number of people contracting the virus, a pandemic was issued in March 2020.

This illness can be fatal but does not kill all those it infects. We share breaking news, resources and additional COVID19 related stories on a daily basis.

CALIFORNIA

Senior Meals

Great Plates Delivered, a program that caters to Seniors has officially served over 20 Million meals and has become a model program helping California’s aging population. They have also supported over 9,760 jobs in 18 Counties.

Stay-at-Home Restrictions in Force

The Governor’s Office issued an alert for those in their state to stay home due to the virus spreading quickly in their state and less than 10% available ICU beds, there was an urgency to save lives. This was issued on December 11, 2020. A cease and desist was issued to two clubs in San Diego. Supported with partners CAL OES, CHHS and more.

Vaccines Arriving

Governor Newsom verified that 327,000 doses are en route to their state where they will be distributed and administered safely and quickly.

WASHINGTON STATE

COVID19 Current Stats

The State has seen a total of 207,399 cases with an increase of 2,915 from Saturday with 3,043 deaths reported.

WA Notify, Smart Phone App

This App also known as Washington Exposure Notifications, a new tool works on smartphones. It works without sharing any personal information to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is private and does not know who you are or know where you have been. 1.35 million Washington users currently use the app. Learn more details –> WA Notify :: Washington State Department of Health

Unemployment Benefits Ending

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and compensation (PEUC) aka the Federal CARES Act will soon be expiring on December 26, 2020. Be in the Know what you may be qualified for by visiting your local Unemployment Website. This is for the State of Washington –> ESDWAGOV – For workers and businesses affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Seattle Fire Stations

All Seattle Fire Stations and buildings remained closed to public access due to the Governor’s Stay-At-Home declaration being extended to January 4, 2021. Officials are asking the public to stay-at-home, limited gatherings to immediate family members. Emergency services have not been impacted.

UNITED STATES GENERAL NEWS

US COVID Stats

There is a report of 16,222,405 total confirmed cases with an increase of 218,046 on Saturday. Over 301,000 deaths have occurred with 7,423,328 in recovered cases.

Vaccines On Their Way

The FDA approved an emergency use proclamation of the first COVID-19 vaccine on Friday with shipments arriving on Monday, December 14, 2020. This is an unprecedented rush to get a viable drug out to the American people. The drug maker, Pfizer states it has not been approved or licensed by the US FDA but has been used for emergency use authorization (EUA) to prevent the illness in individuals 16 years of age and older.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or known as Tozinameran/Codenamed BNT162b2 was developed by BioNtech and manufactured and distributed by Pfizer. It is an intermuscular injection. A trial was conducted in November 2020 showing a 95% effective rate with no major safety concerns.

UPS released a statement announced its full involvement and support of distribution efforts as part of the Operation Warp Speed project for the emergency use of Pfizer’s Vaccine-BioNTech. The shipping company will move the product to Pfizer’s designated states based upon orders receieved by Operation Warp Speed and CDC officials. The origination will be from storage sites in Michigan and Wisconsin. More details on their expedited shipments of the vaccine here –> UPS To Support Distribution Of Approved Vaccine As Part Of Operation Warp Speed

Fedex has begun shipping of the vaccine as well through their Fedex Overnight Express venue. To help reach underserved communities, the Company released a statement that they have committed $4 Million dollars in cash and in-kind transportation support to several nonprofits serving US Communities and around the Globe. These include: Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Learn more about these great strides by this U.S. corporation –> FedEx to Ship First Wave of COVID-19 Vaccines Across the United States

The COVID-19 vaccine is said to be administered to long-term patients and frontline healthcare workers. Then it will be followed by essential workers and next older/at-risk adults. As the population gets vaccinated, it will come at a later time for additional populations.

Small Business Assistance Still Available

Need assistance? Go to this site and see what resources are available to apply for. Apply here –> Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (sba.gov)

Celebrity Death

Iconic Singer, CHARLEY PRIDE lost his battled this month to COVID 19 complications. 1934-2020.

AT&T

The telecommunications giant is in the midst of finalizing their $10 Million commitment in 2020 to organizations working to create economic opportunities and foster upward mobility for Black and underserved communities, especially those greatly impacted the COVID 19 pandemic. $1 Million of these funds will be a contribution to Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) which has been helping vulnerable youth overcome significant economic, emotional, social and academic challenges. What AT&T is doing to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, COVID-19

GLOBAL NEWS

Global Stats

The World has been greatly impacted by this virus causing 71,649,876 cases and 1,604,516 deaths and 46,811,784 recovered cases.

COVID Vaccine From Bahrain to China

News agencies are reporting the Country of Bahrain has approved a Chinese COVID 19 vaccine. However, when we went to verify this story, Bahrain’s US Embassy website https://bh.usembassy.gov site appears to have been removed. The actual Country’s website has no mention (as of December 2) of the COVID 19 vaccine news.

Travel Alerts

The CDC is recommending to avoid cruise ship travel at this time. A Warning level 3 was issued September 30, 2020 to avoid non-essential travel to Venezuela due to a health infrastructure breakdown; Level 2 Alerts were issued for Polio in Asia (October 6) and Africa (November 18) and yellow Fever in Nigeria. Read more about Travel advisories, alerts and watch levels. Travel Health Notices | Travelers’ Health | CDC

COVID 19 Detection Dogs

These special K9s are trained by Medical Detection Dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more efficient and less invasive diagnostics that lead to better patient outcomes. They are called Bio Detection Dogs. Learn more about their special cause in the UK and how you can help them make a difference upon another’s lives. COVID-19 Detection Dogs – Medical Detection Dogs

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA – What They Are Saying

“About 40% of all Covid deaths have been in nursing homes. Every state and community should make sure their nursing home population gets vaccinated as quickly as possible.” – Dr Tom Frieden, a former CDC Official.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 12/13/2020 0240 PT

News In a COVID19 World: Global News | Sit Rep 8 | April 18, 2020

Sit Rep 8 – April 18, 2020 – Saturday

Incident Summary

The Novel Coronavirus or COVID19 as it is more commonly known as, is a pandemic that was first discovered in China has spread like wildfire around the globe.  There is no known cure or vaccine for this highly infectious and deadly virus. It’s origins are highly suspicious and its truth about where it came from is unknown.

Because of overwhelming information, we are breaking up our coverage into the Global coverage one post and our second on the United States.

Global

89 situational reports have been released the WHO organization. No  new countries or territories have reported new COVID19 cases but there have been from those previously calling in reports to the WHO organization.

Check out the numbers, significant events and news happening in each Country with total confirmed cases above 25,000.

Globally

  • 2,164,111 total confirmed cases from over 100+ countries reporting in daily COVID confirmed cases, new cases in the last 24 hours, total deaths and deaths in the last 24 hours.
  • 85,678 new cases in the last 24 hours (as of 4/19/2020 12midnight CEST)
  • 146,088 total deaths.
  • 6,170 total NEW deaths in the last 24 hours.

Spain

  • 188,068 total confirmed cases and 5,252 cases in the last 24 hours.  Spain has had 19,478 total deaths with 348 passing on since Friday. (Source: WHO)
  • 300 Spanish soldiers working with the U.S. Led coalition are leaving IRAQ at the request of their government.
  • 27,000 healthcare workers have tested positive for the coronavirus
  • A story of a tax driver known for taking patients to the hospital for free gets a call to pick up a patient from a hospital.  He is greeted by a standing oviation by doctors and nurses and collected donations given to him in appreciation.
  • 20,000 liters of disinfectants is reportedly donated by Poland to Spanish. It has just arrived today in Madrid. (Soure/Photo Credit: Poland Embassy in Madrid)

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  • Street art in communities showing soldarity.
  • Government is said to allow people to protest without any Social Distancing.
  • Spanish prisons reporting high number of inmate confirmed cases
  • Spain is in their 34th day of the State of Emergecy originally declared on March 15, 2020.
  • A Spanish ICU doctor tests a prototype ventilator for COVID19 patients developed by a consortium of companes in Asturias.
  • Nuns of the Santa Magdalena monastery make handmade masks that are distributed to centers who need them. (Source: diocese of Mallorca)
  • On this day, Spain celebrates “European Patients’ Rights Day”, a tribute to all those battling the COVID19 virus.
  • Today is the 70th year anniversary of the establishment of dipolomatic relations between Spain and South Korea. (Source: News media)
  • Spain recognizes its biggest assets are their healthcare workers and the solidity of their health care system. (Source: Government)

 

Italy

  • 172,424 total cases reported along with 3,493 new cases in the last 24 hours. Total death numbers rise to 22,747 and 575 more pass away in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)
  • Social Media video:  Shows 2 people playing tennis on the opposite rooftop of one another in Finale Ligure. (Source: News media)
  • Beautiful reminders all over Social Media why Italy is so attractive to tourists. (Sources:  Posters)
  • The country along with several others release inmates in light of the Coronavirus potential to spread in overcrowded prisons. (Source: Social Media)
  • Events such as football games have been cancelled well into the 2021 season. (Source: Italian Sports Teams)
  • Hungary has also donated donated 100,000 masks and 5,000 pieces of PPE. (Source: Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto).
  • Small firms due to reopen given the green light to do so while they wait for an official governmental approval will move forward unless told not to after 100,000 requests put pressure on the Italian government. (Source: Italian Financial News)
  • Government lockdown due to expire May 3, 2020 (Source: Italian Government)
  • Reports via Italian government:  6% deaths (90+ yo), 42% are 80-89 yo; 35% are 70-79 yo and 16% are 60-69 year-olds. (Source: Social Media)

Germany

  • There has been 137,439 total cases confirmed and 3,609 new ones in the last 24 hours.  There has been 4,110 total deaths and 242 more in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)
  • Germans find an old iconic outside activity: drive-in  movie theaters.
  • Germany, the lead Country in testing for infections, aims to same the entire population for antibodies and hoping to learn how deeply the virus penetrates teh socieity, deadly it is and whether immunity might develop.
  • Hundreds of candles to form a giant cross in memory of over 4,000 COVID victims (Source: Social media)
  • 14% of people in one town in Germany show their blood tests are now immune to the virus. (Source: Media)
  • Footage of non-compliance people who gathered against curfew restrictions are arrested by Berlin, GERM police. (Source: News media)
  • Video of those who choose to gather are sprayed by Police (more or less like Fire) masterstreams.
  • The country has greeted a group of unaccompanied children from an overcrowded refuge camp from Greece at a local airport. Their harsh conditions at the camps are cruel and inhumane even for any adult.(Media).

United Kingdom

  • 108,696 total cases have been reported with an increase of 5,599 new cases in the last 24 hours. 14,576 total deaths have been reported with 847 in the last 24 hours (Source: WHO)
  • Good Feel Story:  A woman, 106 yold great grandmother is the oldest living person in the Country to beat the virus is released from the hospital three weeks after contracting it. She recovers nicely and is resting at her home. (Source: News Media)
  • The first time ever in the UK Parliament House of Commons’ 700-year old history takes its first steps on April 16th  towards proposing a “hybrid” House.

Photo Credit:  UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

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  • Legal proceedings return on April 21, 2020. (parliament.uk)
  • The Elizabeth Tower in Big Bend continues to restore the iconic building that started restoration in 2017 will soon be revealed.  Everything is still under wrap. (Source:  UK news)
  • The government calls out to Social Media companies to stop the practice of spreading COVID19 misinformation leading to those being threatened in the telecom and utility infrastructure professions. (Source:  Julian Knight, MP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II cancels the UK’s traditional gun salute for her 94th birthday due to coronavirus concerns. Will instead celebrate instead on April 21, 2020. (Source: News media)

France

  • 108,163 total cases in France along with 385 new ones in the last 24 hours.  There have been a total of 18,659 total deaths with 760 in the last 24 hours alone. (Source: WHO)

China

  • 84,180 total confirmed cases w/31 new cases in the last 24 hours and the country has seen a total number of 4,642 deaths.  (Source: WHO)

Iran

  • 79,494 total cases have been reported along with 1,499 new cases since yesterday.  There have been 4,958 total deaths with 89 new reports of more deaths in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)

Turkey

  • 78,546 total cases have been reported with 4,353 new ones in the last 24 hours. There have been 1,769 total deaths with 126 since Friday. (Source: WHO)
  • Country send 400,000 surgical masks to UK or 84 tons of PPE with healthcare workers saying this is only enough for three days. (Source: Media)
  • Country has the highest capacity of treating patients requiring ICU care among the countries with the most COVID19 cases. (Source: Media)

Russia

  • 36,793 total cases reported with 4,785 new ones in the last 24 hours.  There have been a total of 313 total deaths and 40 new ones in the last 24 hours.

Belgium

  • 36,138 total cases were reported with 4,785 new ones since Friday.  There have been 5,163 total deaths reported and 306 in the last 24 hours.  (Source: WHO)
  • Belgium Singer Angele joins the #TogetherAtHome broadcast (Source: Belgium Singer)
  • Largest cases found to be in nursing homes. (Media on 4/16/2020)

Canada

  • 507,701 tested the population found there are 31,872 total positive cases with 12 probable cases.  There have been 1,775 new cases since Friday. Along with that there have been 1,309 total deaths and 202 in the last 24 hours. (Sources:  WHO, Canadian Government)
  • Air travellers as of April 20th, must bring and wear own face covering when travelling. Not provided to them at the airport. If you don’t have one, you will not be able to fly. Details:  https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/04/new-measures-introduced-for-non-medical-masks-or-face-coverings-in-the-canadian-transportation-system.html  (Source:  Canadian government)
  • US-Canada border closure extended another 30 days. Due to expire 5/18/2020. (Source: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada)
  • The country helps bring home its citizens from Eritrea, Guyana and the Philippines. Must self-isolate for 14 days. (Source/Photo Credit:  Travel.gc.ca)

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  • Canada is deeply concerned about the food security for the poorest and most vulnerable populations. A meeting was held by Minister Gould to counter this deadly virus. (Source: Development Canada).

Netherlands

  • 30,449 total cases with 1,235 new ones in the last 24 hours; 3,459 total deaths reported along with 144 new ones since yesterday. (Source: WHO)
  • A flower grower had to throw away about 140 million tulips after demand plummeted and was forced to shutdown. (Media)
  • A strong suggestion was made on Social Media reporting that 3% of Dutch blood donors may be have developed antibodies to the COVID19 virus. (Source: Media)

Brazil

  • 30,425 total cases;  2,105 new cases in the last 24 hours; 1,924 total deaths with 188 new ones reported in the last 24 hours. (Source: WHO)
  • Hundreds of people protest in front of one of their hospitals – not a thank you but protests.  (Media footage).
  • The economy could recover in the fourth quarter. (Financial news)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2200 hours PT