Coronavirus II

Loudoun County saw 202 new COVID-19 cases between July 4 and July 11 and eight new deaths in the same time frame, according figures released Saturday.

The local death toll stood at 99 on Saturday. 71 of the deaths have been people 80 years old or older; 18 have been between 70 and 79; six have been between 60 and 69; two between 50 and 59; and one between 40 and 49.

The county has seen 4,373 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began. 24 new cases were reported Saturday.

There were 10 new local hospitalizations over the past week and 289 in total.

The seven-day average for percent positivity in local testing had fallen to 7.2 percent on July 7, the last date for which data was available.

Across Virginia

Statewide, the commonwealth has seen 1,962 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase in 113 from a week earlier.

Statewide cases spiked Friday, with 943 new cases reported, by far the highest figure in more than a month. Friday's report was followed up with 851 new cases Saturday.

Altogether, Virginia has seen 69,782 confirmed cases, a jump of 4,673 over the past week.

The statewide seven-day average for percent positivity in local testing was 6.5 percent on July 7, the last date for which data was available. That's up from the low of 5.6 percent, which was reported on June 23.

On Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced that Virginia ended fiscal 2020 with a $236.5 million budget shortfall, far less than anticipated. Overall, state revenues were up 2 percent from the previous fiscal year.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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springerdad

Food for thought.

Some Israeli public-health officials are blaming the country’s decision to reopen schools in May for helping fuel a large new wave of coronavirus infections that has prompted authorities to shut down sections of the economy once again.

In recent weeks, the number of new cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has risen to around 1,500 per day nationwide from a low of fewer than 50 a day about two months ago.

The surge followed outbreaks in schools that by Monday had infected at least 1,335 students and 691 staff since the schools reopened in early May, according to the education ministry.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/israelis-fear-schools-reopened-too-soon-as-covid-19-cases-climb-11594760001

loudouncommonsense

Springer: if the Loudoun "border" could be sealed off with checkpoints and limited inter-county and interstate travel, then region-wide stats would not have much relevance and I would accept your point. But Loudoun is by no means isolated, and one could argue, is one of the counties most connected to the world. Many of our residents work in the inner suburbs and DC; we have a very nice airport and metro that facilitates influx from other regions, and a commercial infrastructure that requires massive shipments of food and products daily. so I just can't find any comfort in stats right now.

springerdad

LCS - I will let you focus on everything negative since that is your personality. My guess is you are not even 1/4 a glass full type of person.

You also do realize that most of the people working in Loudoun are actually working from home and not in the inner suburbs or D.C.

We are not isolated yet our numbers keep going down.

Your can be owned by your fear and let it consume you but I will continue to stay positive and live my masked life.

loudouncommonsense

Wrong guess... you'd be surprised.

I'd say vigilance, (which requires skepticism of data and human behavior) in public health is is preferable to the alternatives.

loudouncommonsense

Not to put too fine a point on my comments but the Post just reported the following:

"The seven-day average of cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia increased for an eighth consecutive day on Tuesday, jumping to 1,421, on par with the region’s daily average a month earlier. The average for the three jurisdictions had tumbled to 907 in late June, but a reversal in that trend has showed no signs of slowing."

and:

"In Virginia, the number of coronavirus patients needing hospitalization has risen by 43 percent over the past eight days, up to 1,127 on Tuesday from the state’s low of 792 on July 6. Virginia’s seven-day average of new cases hit a low of 498 on June 21 but has consistently climbed upward, jumping to 815 as of Tuesday."

I hope we can all agree that the trend data are troubling.

springerdad

LCS - Yet somehow you forgot to post this which was right under what you copied and pasted.

Cases in Northern Virginia have held steady or ticked slightly downward in the past month, even as the state’s average daily caseload outside the D.C. suburbs has doubled during that time, fueled by spikes in the Hampton Roads region.

loudouncommonsense

By nature I am pessimistic on issues of individuals in Loudoun County conforming to safety and other community-supportive requirements, regardless of the issue: driving, public health, paying taxes, you name it. So when it comes to someone announcing the good stats about covid, my first response will be...."yes, good to now, but there will be enough selfish people willing to risk that progress, and send us backwards."

Individuals like springerdad are not the people we worry about. It is those that will spin the data vociferously to bully the easily cowed. If I was too directed towards springerdad, per se, I apologize. The comments were truly meant to say that his data is just a part of dealing overall with the school situation, and don't rush something that we can't control.

springerdad

LCS -Thank you. I post the stats since the LTM in my opinion has dropped the ball in regards to coverage of the pandemic. I try not to add my opinion when I post the stats.

Good news is great but it will only last and get better if we continue to wear masks and social distance when needed.

loudouncommonsense

Lest you swallow the Vermont study and springerdad's recommendation to simply open the schools, consider the professional judgment of health pediatric specialists and educators and the first-hand opinions of parents: __________Regardless of transmission rates, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for young children to consistently socially distance in any group or classroom setting. It would require a discipline not often achieved for the required period of time....... So, while the Vermont study is convenient for one side of the argument, it is pretty much moot operationally. Nice try.

springerdad

Lest you don't read people's posts and make stupid comments you can call yourself loudouncommonsense.

You are so eager to put someone down for posting what experts are saying you make things up. I always thought you said listen to the experts.

You really are a nasty individual.

springerdad Jul 14, 2020 12:56pm

Like you have said in the past this is a new disease and we are finding out more about it all the time.

I am not not making a judgement but think it is important to focus on any sliver of good news being shared by actual experts in their fields.

Less then 2% of children have contracted the virus and like you said a small proportion develop severe symptoms.

I will leave it up to the experts, parents and teachers to make the decision what should and needs to be done.

amerigirl

If you look at his post you may have taken it wrong. I thought he was saying that even if the facts you gave are right that it becomes moot because “Regardless of transmission rates, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for young children to consistently socially distance in any group or classroom setting.” Not that your finding were moot, but the kids being kids negates the chances.

springerdad

AG - Really? His first line is Lest you swallow the Vermont study and springerdad's recommendation to simply open the schools,

Where did I recommend to simply open schools??

He mentions listening to experts in their field. It was written by experts in their field.

Not sure how I could have read it any differently.

amerigirl

Springer, I really don't think that was aimed at you but relying on the data you gave with his assessment of how kids behave. You didn't recommend opening schools. But he also didn't post under you which he would have if he was replying to you. Just a thought.

springerdad

AG - You ability to defend things knows no bounds.

amerigirl

springer you ability to attack people for their opinions knows no bounds.[offtopic][offtopic]

springerdad

Another problem is you seem to have an inability to read.

You say we should consider the professional judgment of health pediatric specialists

Duh who do you think wrote the article?????

The authors, Benjamin Lee, M.D. and William V. Raszka, Jr., M.D., are both pediatric infectious disease specialists on the faculty of the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine. Dr. Raszka is an associate editor of Pediatrics

And guess what LCS. This was published in the journal Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics,

What does that say???? the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

If Northern Virginia were an island...and no one could come onto our land and no one could leave, your stats would make compelling reading. Fact is, NoVA is a crossroads and people are coming through here every day. The US is eat-up with COVID-19 compared to the rest of the world--thank your for your incompetence Donald Trump--so we are sitting ducks. Today Spain had 546 new cases. The US? 55,300. Please stop the "it's getting better every day" nonsense...

springerdad

MAGA - The world is ending. Trump is an idiot. We all know that. People like you always look at the negative and never the positive. The folks living in Loudoun are doing a great job and it is too much for you to understand that.

amerigirl

Springer, you got the second line right. Maybe there is no positive right now, it was getting better but there is even a surge in VA, luckily not too close to us. If you think the folks living here are doing so great how come so many still refuse to wear a mask? The stats could be better if everyone complied with the rules. However the US as a whole is a different story.

springerdad

More good news for Loudoun and NOVA

Our 7 day average is down to 5.8%

Loudoun 5.8 Down

Data from the Virginia Department of Health suggests that Northern Virginia continues to see a low number of new cases in comparison to other parts of the state, particularly the Hampton Roads area.

Northern Virginia added 132 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the state reported 801 new cases.

https://www.insidenova.com/news/special/coronavirus/covid-19-cases-climb-in-parts-of-virginia-northam-to-hold-coronavirus-news-conference/article_c00029f6-c5d1-11ea-afeb-8bae192076a8.html

springerdad

Children rarely transmit COVID-19, doctors write in new commentary

Schools can reopen in fall, they say, if safety guidelines are observed and community transmission is low

Date:

July 10, 2020

Source:

University of Vermont

Summary:

A commentary published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that children infrequently transmit COVID-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools, provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their community, can and should reopen in the fall.

A commentary published in the journal Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that children infrequently transmit Covid-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools, provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their community, can and should reopen in the fall.

The authors, Benjamin Lee, M.D. and William V. Raszka, Jr., M.D., are both pediatric infectious disease specialists on the faculty of the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine. Dr. Raszka is an associate editor of Pediatrics.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200710100934.htm

amerigirl

The thing that would worry me about that is that is in just 1 study. In Europe they did a study with 582 individuals with a median age of 5, (the younger the less likely to have of spread it) It's findings agreed that it was lower in children. Their interpretation was; COVID-19 is generally a mild disease in children, including infants. However, a small proportion develop severe disease requiring ICU admission and prolonged ventilation. I still don't see how they will social distance when they need to ride the bus together or in middle and high schools where there would still be many kids in the halls. I know they said something about getting all the kids taking the same subjects into classes together but I doubt they are going to find that all the students have a shared class interest.

springerdad

Like you have said in the past this is a new disease and we are finding out more about it all the time.

I am not not making a judgement but think it is important to focus on any sliver of good news being shared by actual experts in their fields.

Less then 2% of children have contracted the virus and like you said a small proportion develop severe symptoms.

I will leave it up to the experts, parents and teachers to make the decision what should and needs to be done.

amerigirl

Totally agree. They should not be pressured by the politics of the situation it is already a hard enough dissension to make.

BigDaddyVA

You want to overly emphasize a “sliver” of good news? Is that like focusing on there being a few lifeboats as they Titanic sinks?

David Dickinson

The mask problem. Medical grade masks are effective. Non-medical grade masks, which are what most people wear, are dangerous because they do practically nothing to stop the virus but people 1) think they have protection and fail to follow social distancing guidelines which are effective and 2) because their voice is muffled speak more loudly and, therefore, increase the volume of air expelled and spread even more of the virus. I wonder how much of the spike we see is because people are under the false impression their mask is protecting them/others and they aren't. All masks are not created equal.

Yeah, you're right. It's a shame that our national leaders didn't take the months between the first reports of this virus and it's showing up in America to go into a Manhattan project level of activity making N95 masks. All we got were tweets about how blocking China travel was a genius stroke...and nothing about stopping traffic from Europe. Getting back to your point, there probably are more people who view mask wearing as some sort of liberal conspiracy than there are people wearing masks who think they're 100% effective.

David Dickinson

The medical community's initial reaction was that masks didn't help, until they changed their tune and said they are effective. The conspiracy theory I do believe is that the lack of need for a mask initially was so that medical communities could buy up as many of the N-95 and better masks first so they could protect themselves. After they made their purchases, then they said everyone needed them.

loudouncommonsense

I believe Dr Fauci stated your quoted "conspiracy theory" himself so if you are not normally a conspiracy junkie there is no admission to be made.

In the early stages of an epidemic, the risk to the public is is extremely low, while the risk to medical professionals is quite high. Had the federal government acted with expediency instead of bluster and denial, Dr Fauci's call would have been not only the right call, but the country would not have had to incur trillions in new debt for medical care and economic assistance. Of course those people now fomenting and fulminating for "open businesses now....open schools, kids don't get covid" would be complaining about some other government activity.

amerigirl

David, that is very simply not true. The CDC even has directions on how to make one and according to them; cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html Sure social distancing is great but the virus can linger in the air and you may walk into a spot where someone who was not wearing a mask has been and their germs still are. Had they been wearing a mask they could have kept them to themselves. Most people don’t feel the need to speak louder, but they are NOT spreading it as they would by not wearing a mask. Cambridge University had studies on cloth face masks to determine the percentage of efficiency. If you want a true impression of how well they work by fabric, but masks work against the spread.

loudouncommonsense

Loudounpulse and others: #1 You are dead, flat wrong in saying covid "only impacts old people." #2 Children can carry the virus to teachers & school personnel, or vice-versa, carry the virus home to infect parents, grandparents, sitters and caregivers.

You sound like a Russian bot trying to sow confusion.

RandomName2019

As I sample my daily news feed, I'm so confused by the reaction and politicization of the COVID response in America. There are truly individuals who believe that being asked to wear a mask is a liberal Democrat agenda orchestrated as part of a hoax designed to remove Trump from office.

Then I look at global news coverage and wonder how people can be so self-centered that they distill a global situation down into a referendum on American politics. Brazil with almost 2,000,000 cases, India with 900,000, Russia, Peru, Mexio, the UK... We've gotten so twisted that we now account for over a quarter of the confirmed 13,000,000 cases globally. China keeps it under 100,000 and we have 3.3 million cases, because we want to argue over a mask?

Madness.

KK153

who is being "asked" to wear as mask? Is that like being "asked" to pay your taxes?

Voltaire

KK153--The Commonwealth of Virginia through an Executive Order is "asking" you to wear a mask. As for income tax, the power of Congress to tax income derives from Article I, Section 8, Clause 1, of the U.S. Constitution. the Sixteenth Amendment, ratified by the required number of U.S. States on February 3, 1913, eliminated the requirement that an income tax, to the extent that it is a direct tax, must be apportioned among the states. As for state income tax, the Code of Virginia specifically requires people pay state income tax. Also, the Code of Virginia allows cities and counties to impose their own income taxes if warranted.

KK153

right.. so again, where is the "ask"? if they are "asking" me to wear a mask and I say "no thanks"...what happens?

Voltaire

KK153--According to Paragraph C of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 63, “…any willful violation or refusal, failure, or neglect to comply with this Order, issued pursuant to § 32.1-13 of the Code of Virginia, is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to § 32.1-27 of the Code of Virginia.” The Code of Virginia states, under Paragraph C of § 32.1-27. entitled Penalties, Injunctions, Civil Penalties and Charges forViolations, “..any person violating or failing, neglecting, or refusing to obey…shall be subject, in the discretion of the court, to a civil penalty NTE $25,000 for each violation.”

springerdad

Volt - Did you skip this part?

Any person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall

not be required to produce or carry medical documentation verifying the stated condition nor

shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition

Voltaire

SD--No, I didn't, thanks for asking. The question was about what sanctions/enforcement of the E.O. for wearing the mask. That was the information that was provided. There was nothing in the conversation about exceptions to said enforcement.

amerigirl

springer, so anyone that doesn’t want to wear a mask can now use ‘I have a medical reason’ for an excuse? Do you think that is right? Maybe they should just be like Texas and enforce fines, they can contest it later. Hopefully VA won’t make the same mistakes as they did there.

springerdad

AG -

So anyone that does not want to wear a mask can now use" I have a medical excuse" - Yes.

Do I think it is right - Depends if that person has a medical condition.

Did I write the rule? - No. Go complain to the people that did.

Are there reasons why a person cannot wear a mask - Yes.

amerigirl

springer, I have asked what the possible reasons for not wearing a mask is to quite a few doctors and nurses in the family and they all agree that the few people who would even qualify for that would have obvious symptoms. Like being on oxygen, and most of them are fakers. They turn people away from their hospitals and refuse to treat those who won’t wear a mask. They walk in saying BS like “it was a free country when I woke up this morning” I would guess that any business would be free to do the same. Did anyone say you wrote the rule? No

amerigirl

You don't pay your taxes either?

amerigirl

Better than Texas where you can not be fined for not wearing a mask in public,

springerdad

If you believe that China has only around 100k cases you must give me what you are smoking.

I can't believe that anyone trusts one word that they are telling us about COVID-19 and how many people were infected and killed.

Stay safe and wear your mask and social distance!

LoudounPulse

Still this pandemic only impacts old people.We are fussing about schools and not a single child has died. Lets get LCPS back to a 5 Day/Week schedule.

amerigirl

You're kidding right? Kids get sick, some get very sick. They just don't usually die but they can have lasting complications too. If these kids get sick what would you like to do with them, send them home with parents and possibly grandparents? Death is not the only problem. The largest problem is blood clots, and they cause strokes in younger people. The latest autopsies done on people that have died from it show clotting in every single organ or every single person they autopsied. Not only the organs but micro clots in even the smaller veins. Life is not black and white.

springerdad

Time for Ralph to put some restrictions on people entering the State. Time to follow NJ and NY's lead.

Overall Loudoun continues to keep our numbers down.

COVID-19 cases climb statewide, but Northern Virginia sees little change

Northern Virginia reported 161 new cases and no new deaths in the daily report Monday, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Statewide, there were 972 new cases — the most since June 7. The eastern and southwestern parts of the state, in particular, are seeing a higher number of new cases than they have since the pandemic began.

Loudoun is down to 6.1% from yesterdays report of 6.8

7-Day Positivity Rate | July 13

Loudoun 6.1 Down

KK153

The rates in Virginia as a whole are pretty much the same as the rates in Texas as a whole. Texas is pretty much wide open right now. Economy is booming. And yet all you hear is how in Texas is out of control with Covid.

Voltaire

KK153--actually, no, that isn't right. The State of Texas is not "wide open". According to the State of Texas's official website, "...On July 2, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others." That isn't "wide open". As for the state economy, according to the Texas Tribune, "...The state's oil and gas industry has cratered. Major events have been called off, and tourism across Texas has dipped. It is too soon to tell the statewide economic impact from COVID-19, but Texans are already feeling a pinch." Not a robust picture of economic health, no?

KK153

actually, yes, it is right.. and in that I am sitting in North Texas right now and have done so for the last 2 months I can speak first hand as to the extent that masks are being worn... answer..maybe 1 out of 100. So there's a difference between your internet search and what is actually happening on the ground in Texas. Texas has 254 counties....the vast, vast majority of them have less than 1,000 cases in total since March. As in only 35 counties have more than 1,000 cases..as in only 6 counties account for over 50% of the entire Texas total since March

Same is true for what you perceived as going on in the economy. I'm going to go grab a few brisket street tacos from the bar up the street right now... you go ahead and tell me how that's not possible...

Voltaire

KK153—OK. No, it is not. The Texas Governor, Governor Abbott, signed an Executive Order that MANDATES the use of a face covering. Failure to comply with his order results in a $250 fine and can be issued by Texas law enforcement personnel. Governor Abbott also allowed Texas cities and counties to impose additional restrictions if they are required. The Governor also stated that he may impose a Stay-At-Home Order if the state fails to comply with the mask wearing order. However, if you want to argue these points, since you are supposedly in Texas, then call the Governor’s Office in Austin directly and he can explain it to you. Apparently, you don’t understand Texas’s economy at all. The latest economic report from the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas stated that “…the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has sent the Texas economy into a tailspin. Virus containment measures have prompted unprecedented declines in demand and triggered mass layoffs, shaking business and consumer confidence….Activity in the service sector has been more severely affected than the manufacturing, precipating downward pressure on wages and prices. Housing market has been slowed….Economic activity will remain weak…it is likely that Texas will underperform the U.S. in job and output growth this year due to the state’s outsized share of vulnerable industries—such as food services and air transportation—as well as prolonged weakness in the oil and gas sector.” You want to argue that point, go to Dallas and talk with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

KK153

"The Texas Governor, Governor Abbott, signed an Executive Order that MANDATES the use of a face covering. Failure to comply with his order results in a $250 fine and can be issued by Texas law enforcement personnel."

was at a Rodeo on Wed.... close to 2,000 people there. No masks... and the 30 or so deputies that were there as well were more concerned about who was going to last the 8 seconds on the bulls than masks.

so again Voltaire.. you know squat. place was packed with vendors, all doing a booming business. So just be quiet now. stop pretending to know all... or maybe you can call on your 30 years of "law enforcement expertise" because your aunt Sara was a crossing guard to enforce laws in the lonestar.

Voltaire

KK153--As I said, that announcement came DIRECTLY from the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas. If you don't agree with it, then you can zoom down to Austin and tell him your concerns in person as that is HIS direction. It should be noted that there are some Texas law enforcement personnel and some county judges who are refusing to comply with enforcement of that order. That could explain it. As for your last paragraph, you can take your "esteemed opinion" and stick it. What gives you the right to tell me what to do? Absolutely nothing but that doesn't stop you, no? I will continue to do whatever I want and YOU can do nothing to stop me as that is my right. Get over yourself.

amerigirl

Then those people deserve what they get, including the deputies. I am so tired of seeing all those posts on the internet about people regretting gong to places and trying to warn others to take the virus seriously. Wait and see how many people from that rodeo end up sick. Those are the exact type of events that are causing the huge uptick in cases. Shame on you for being part of the problem. I hope you quarantined yourself afterwards instead of taking chances with those here in Loudoun.

Pablo

KK153 - thanks for explaining why Texas is being hit so hard by COVID. Not so much the words, but the attitude. Too bad for Texas that COVID doesn't care.

amerigirl

That is a delusion. Texas is in really big trouble their hospitals are nearing capacity, and they are running out of treatment drugs and ventilators. They have activated U.S. Army Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTF) along with a U.S. Navy Acute Care Team and four U.S. Navy Rapid Rural Response teams. They are in serous shape right now.

Voltaire

AG--Thank you for the additional information. That is what I thought after reading the Texas newspapers about this situation....

KK153

Texas being hit hard? turn off CNN and use what's left of your brain.. you, Voltaire and the rest of the "Oh look, Texas in in big trouble" crowd. Texas, as a state has 282, 767 cases in total. that comes out to 9,752 cases per 1 million people. this is almost 1,000 cases per million LESS than the national average. It's 2.5 times LESS than NY. It also has a mortality rate of 118 per million. 4 times less than the national rate. 2 times less than Virginia. Hospitals are NOT overrun... not even close. In areas like Houston or Austin where they are having a worse time, they just send those cases outside of those areas. So one hospital is at 100% capacity, but the 16 downtime street are at 5%.

and yes...those people including the deputies do get what they deserve... it' called liberty.. they rater enjoy that in Texas.. Virginia used to be the same

amerigirl

KK you are so out of touch, turn off Fox and watch some regular news. What’s left of my brain? And that was uncalled for, just trying to be a bully because you are wrong, At least I can comprehend reality. Your stats make no sense when you don’t look at where the people live. There are counties with such low populations that they don’t have any covid at all because they are farms and ranches. Hospitals at El Paso, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston, Laredo and San Antonio are at or above 80% capacity. The seven-day average has returned to 10.42%, a level the state hasn’t seen since mid-April, when Texas was under a stay-at-home order. The New York times out a picture from the dashboard for Texas https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/texas-coronavirus-cases.html you want to compare to VA who has 1,993 deaths and TX has at least 3,432, They are now the fourth highest in cases in the US. Virginia has had 73,527 and Texas has had 291,281. Yesterday alone they reported 10,791 cases. Texas dept of state health services)

Texas does not publicly report probable coronavirus deaths, which means patients who have died without testing positive for COVID-19 could go uncounted. More Houston residents are also dying at home before they can make it to a hospital. That means the death toll is likely higher than the state’s official count. https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/10/texas-coronavirus-deaths-morgues-capacity/ and they are calling in refrigerated trucks for the bodies because the morgues are filling up. Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy, shut down river-rafting trips, and banned outdoor gatherings of over 100 people unless local officials approve. On July 2nd, Abbott issued mask order for certain counties, repeat offenders could be fined up to $250. So before you start being the bully who makes fun of people actually telling the truth maybe you should learn some truth.

springerdad

Rate of new COVID-19 cases down 80% from peak in Northern Virginia

The rate of new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Virginia is at its lowest level since the early weeks of the pandemic, while the rate statewide suggests a troubling spike in cases elsewhere in Virginia.

7-Day Positivity Rate | July 12

Loudoun 6.8 Down

https://www.insidenova.com/news/special/coronavirus/rate-of-new-covid-19-cases-down-80-from-peak-in-northern-virginia/article_ff3307f4-c43e-11ea-b2ed-5f34fea00ef0.html?utm_source=izooto&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=COVID%20latest&utm_content=&utm_term=

gcline16

COVID-19 also goes by the name SARS-2. SARS-1 was also declared a pandemic in 1968. It lasted from late1968 to late 1969. 100,000 were reported dead from the virus. I was 19 years old and about to attend college in August 1969 ... when 100,000 people attended WOODSTOCK. There was no panic, no shutdowns, no masks, and no social distancing. The CDC estimates the 2017-18 Swine flu infected 44 Million Americans (14%), 22 Million sought medical treatment, 800,000 were hospitalized, and 61,000 died. Did you know that the common cold is caused by a corona virus? If you go in for testing and you recently had the common cold, you will test positive. How accurate are the statistics? We know that at much as 25% of the deaths were not caused by COVID-19. We know that many of the deaths were caused by putting people with COVID-19 put back into nursing homes. Kinda like locking up the fox in the hen house. When you look at the statistics for Loudoun County keep in mind the census says there are 400,000 people living in the county. Which means you have a better chance of being killed in a car accident than dying from COVID-19.

loudouncommonsense

Which, really proves nothing except that irresponsible behavior by people (like bad driving, not social distancing and not wearing a facemask) causes suffering, incapacity and death.

With so many fatalities from car accidents, why would you want to increase fatalities by not taking simple steps to control the spread of a virus? You just sound like an actuary computing risk vs profits.

CindyLou

Wow.....just wow. I guess your one of those "I am not shopping at Costco anymore" people.

amerigirl

Covid-19 is a new novel virus in the corona viral group. It is not the same virus that was a pandemic before. It is one of the corona viruses that Humans can get. There is a big difference between them. There are even different forms of it that pets get that vets treat. The common cold is a corona virus but it is called Rhinovirus. Again, a totally different thing. People will die every day but those have nothing to do with Covid, but Covid is highly contagious. The HHS was the ones that recommended that covid patient be put in nursing homes to recover. No your chances are not higher to be killed in a car accident unless you are a really bad driver.

gtrunner

New study indicates old people are less willing to comply with mitigation, even when they die of COVID-19 at a higher rate.

www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-epr070220.php

bboop

I sure relate..In my mid 70s..am going to die of something sooner or later. Not going to spend what time I have left being sequestered & not enjoying life. Mask goes on where required, stays off so I can breathe otherwise. If I am sick, I will stay home, otherwise, I am free to roam, which I do! I feel sorry for old people who are living out their days in fear. My future is in God's hands.

loudouncommonsense

Age stats "old people:" lowest percentage of population w/college education; highest percentage voting or trending to vote conservative/republican

amerigirl

That was one short article, it doesn't say the if the US is even one of the 27 different countries or not. Or even give the percentage of how many of the people they surveyed were even seniors or what age group they used to determine it. It doesn't sound at all like the US where the younger people are going to bars and swim parties without masks.

gtrunner

Sorry, better link: journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0235590 Within the data section, you will see US was included.

amerigirl

That article says 'Elderly people’s response is substantially similar to their fellow citizens in their 50’s and 60’s.' It even says to see figure 3 for the finding on just the US. That shows just the opposite. "As it is clear from eyeballing Fig 3, this is no substantial effect of age on one’s score of compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures. Overall, the score for every age is substantively similar and is around 12." But when you look at Fig. 3 the highest group for compliance are the elderly.

loudouncommonsense

GTrunner: Attitudes matter when public health is concerned. You are entitled to your "analysis" but with it comes the necessity that you still recognize the impact and morbidity of covid. Covid is so serious that what may be your "normal" perception of health and behavioral risks is in fact deadly, and not just to others.

springerdad

I just don't understand why it is so difficult for some people to wear a mask. Thankfully we are doing a pretty good job here in Loudoun.

gtrunner

[yawn]

springerdad

Not sure why LTM does not include more information.

Gov. Ralph Northam said in a Facebook post Friday that cases have been increasing in the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads areas in recent weeks and that he will not hesitate to reimpose restrictions on businesses and gatherings if necessary. Northam has scheduled a news conference to provide a COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon; it will be his first since June 25.

Northern Virginia added only 141 new cases in Saturday's report from the Virginia Department of Health, bringing the region's average of new cases for the past seven days down to 151, the lowest it has been since at least early April.

The health department reported 217 patients were hospitalized due to the coronavirus in Northern Virginia, down from 243 the previous day, and far from the peak of 818 hospitalized in late April.

https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/northern-virginia-continues-to-avoid-covid-19-surge-statewide-totals-on-the-rise/article_b137ee6c-c384-11ea-9843-2348f47fc1e4.html

https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/northern-virginia-continues-to-avoid-covid-19-surge-statewide-totals-on-the-rise/article_b137ee6c-c384-11ea-9843-2348f47fc1e4.html

Lawman

Here we go, the more you open up, the more chances the idiots have of catching and spreading Covid. Keep going in this direction and we will be back in lockdown by September.

gtrunner

Yawn.

Eastendgirl

Yeah yawn until it’s you or one of your loved ones.

gtrunner

Let us not forget that we already tolerate, annually, over 400,000 avoidable deaths related to smoking. If I die from living my life, instead of smoking, I’m already ahead.

Voltaire

Gtrunner--Wow. There is absolutely zero correlation between COVID-19 and smoking. COVID-19 is a contagious virus that governmental organizations, both the US and global do not have a firm handle on causes/effects/consequences. Also, people don't elect to get infected with COVID-19. Rather, the virus chooses its victims. Smoking, on the other hand is an activity that the individual can choose to partake. The Government has provided enough regulations, warnings, and information sufficient to provide the individual with an understanding as to the risks of smoking. If he/she chooses to do that activity that is his/her choice to do so.

Ouroboros

That’s a fairy selfish attitude GTrunner. Also, you can not compare COVID-19 to smoking, not sure why you would either. Smoking hasn’t disrupted the World from a healthcare and financial crisis like this pandemic has, so you clearly aren’t seeing the big picture here. One day your selfishness will catch up to you, sad.

gtrunner

So the government can allow cigarettes, which if used as directed, will kill you, but must shut down the country if someone catches COVID-19.

I guess if they could tax COVID-19 that’d be a different story.

amerigirl

What does that have to do with Covid? People have all kinds of dangerous behaviors that they choose, nobody chooses Covid.

amerigirl

Gtrunner, since when did smoking become contagious? Do you understand how a virus works? If you don’t like making you can choose not to. Same with drinking, drugs or other evils that are your choice. People spreading it to you would not be your choice.

sterlingcl

Regarding when did smoking become contagious, it has always been so. Roughly 48,000 deaths are contributed to second-hand smoking.

amerigirl

sterlingcl there is a difference between exposure and being contagious. People are exposed to many things, but the virus is contagious and the exposure to others can be limited by following the guidelines.

gtrunner

New study that smoking doubles the most number of young people susceptible to severe COVID. Outlaw cigarettes to save lives.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/507131-smoking-habits-double-number-of-young-people-vulnerable-to-severe-covid-19

amerigirl

GTrunner. There are many things that make people more likely to be susceptible to severe COVID. You are on the wrong crusade because that is not what the article is about. [offtopic][yawn][yawn][yawn]

gtrunner

1 in 3 young adults susceptible to severe COVID 19 and smoking plays a big part. Save lives by finally outlawing the tax rich addiction of smoking. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/13/health/young-adults-smoking-risk-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

nobody

There are people in this world who claim they don't care if they get sick or if their loved ones get sick. And there are always going to be people who minimize the effects of this virus. There is probably a lot of overlap between those two categories of people.

amerigirl

Which is why Texas has made it mandatory to wear masks in almost all areas of the state. (all counties in Texas with 20 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19). According to Abbott's Executive Order made it mandatory for all Texans to wear a face covering of some kind while out in public. Texas law enforcement is allowed to enforce the law by issuing a $250 fine if someone doesn’t comply.

Lawman

Always a dingbat in the crowd.

Brian

Loudoun County is still seeing a positive 7.2% positive test rate (per every 7 days), out of how many tests in each 7 day period? Any way you look at it, I wouldn't characterize it as "flattening the curve.". Wait until all the people still missing from the Toll Road each morning start back to work, and schools reopen, then we'll really see a continuous bulbing of the curve (up). There's no way this will end well. It's a virus an airborne virus. Sooner or later, it'll reach us all... unfortunately. We can only hope a vaccine is developed and distributed asap.

Voltaire

For those eight families that have recently lost a loved one due to COVID-19, I am very sorry for your loss and I hope that you will find solace/comfort during your trying time. God Bless You.

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