CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 5/20/2020

May 20, 2020

May 19, 2020 – Today we have no new cases to report and 5 new recoveries. That’s the good news. I also must report 3 new fatalities. Thank you all for your continued prayers for these affected families. We remain at 212 total cases, our fatalities have increased to 22, our recoveries have increased to 39 and our current cases have dropped down to 151.

As businesses and activities begin to return to normal, don’t forget to act responsibly and take precautions for your safety and those around you. In an earlier Facebook post today I provided additional information about the Governor’s latest directive.

 
 

Some newly opened schools in France close again as a small number of new infections emerge.

 
EXCELLENT AND PRACTICAL GUIDE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW. READ IT ALL
“…you’ll have to try to make an informed decision about what’s safest for you and others… “It depends on your own health, your age, preexisting conditions, how much risk you’re willing to tolerate, and the benefit that the activity could provide to you.” Another crucial variable: how much risk you might be introducing for everyone else around you.
 
Case tracking works if reliable testing for the virus is available. 
 
FROM JOHNS HOPKINS:
The New York Times continues to track state-level COVID-19 incidence, with a focus on state policies regarding social distancing. This tracker has been updated to differentiate between states that have relaxed social distancing measures statewide and those that have done so on a regional basis. After holding relatively steady for several weeks—approximately April 7-26—Texas has reported increasing incidence over the past 3 weeks, including a record high daily incidence (1,801 new cases) on May 16. Texas’ “stay at home” order expired on April 30, and non-essential businesses, including restaurants, barbershops/salons, retail stores, gyms, and movie theaters were permitted to reopen. Texas’s COVID-19 incidence was beginning to increase when the statewide order expired, and it has continued that trend in the weeks since. Texas also reported its 2 highest daily death totals on May 14 and 15—58 and 56 new deaths, respectively. Notably, Texas’ testing capacity has increased as well, more than doubling since the “stay at home” order expired. The positivity ratio decreased over that time, from approximately 6% to 4.5%. 

 
 

Cases in and around Harrison County

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