02 September 2020 04:40
Victoria has recorded 90 coronavirus new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as Victorian parliament voted to extend the government's emergency powers by six-months. A further six Victorians have also lost their lives to the virus, health authorities said on Wednesday morning. All of the new fatalities are linked to aged care outbreaks, and take the state's coronavirus death toll to 576. Premier Daniel Andrews said the number of active cases in regional Victoria is dropping, with 125 infections now in regional local government areas. Wednesday's case numbers are higher than the previous two day's figures in their 70s, the lowest single-day increases since early July, but community spread of the virus still appears to be slowing as Melbourne approaches the final scheduled week of Stage 4 restrictions.
The state's chief health officer, Professor Brett Sutton, said Wednesday's numbers are in line with expectations. Wednesday's reputation is a spike day - so there has been a bit of an increase in cases since yesterday, but more testing as well," he said. Prof Sutton said there is "absolutely a stabilisation of numbers" along with a stabilisation of active outbreaks in aged care, disability services and in acute health settings. Early on Wednesday morning, legislation was passed 20 votes to 19 to extend a state of emergency in Victoria by six-months, down from the one year previously sought by Mr Andrews. The amended bill is specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and includes additional transparency measures, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.
The 15 new known deaths reported on Tuesday represent the new deaths identified by the state Health Department that day, but many occurred days and weeks prior. Tuesday's dashboard shows 81% of inpatient beds and 77% of ICU beds in use, which includes people being treated for COVID-19 and other patients. The state does not report the number of recovered cases, although it does report hospital discharges. For much of the pandemic, testing did not keep up with the virus' spread, but the state worked to expand testing and reduce results turnaround time, which had been up to two weeks or longer for some tests, even through July. Sonora Quest, the state's largest test processor, reports it has cleared its backlog of tests and is returning most results within two days.
The Arizona Department of Corrections said 2,119 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday, including 898 in Tucson; 32,809 inmates have been tested out of a population of about 39,200. Eleven incarcerated people have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, with 16 additional deaths under investigation. Laboratories have completed 1,207,256 diagnostic tests for COVID-19, 12.6% of which have come back positive. The percentage of positive tests had increased since mid-May but began decreasing in July. It was 5% for tests that have come back so far from last week and the week prior, according to state numbers, which leave out data from labs that do not report electronically. On Tuesday, 15 new deaths were reported, although many occurred days and weeks prior. County deaths: 2,976 in Maricopa, 576 in Pima, 319 in Yuma, 220 in Navajo, 206 in Mohave, 186 in Pinal, 154 in Apache, 126 in Coconino, 77 in Yavapai, 61 in Cochise, 57 in Santa Cruz, 47 in Gila, 22 in Graham, 15 in La Paz and fewer than three in Greenlee. Inpatients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 were at 729 on Monday, the same level of COVID-19 inpatients as in early May. Inpatient numbers have been trending downward for about seven weeks. ICU bed use for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients was at 253 beds in use on Monday, down slightly from the previous few days. ICU bed occupancy for COVID-19 patients is at its lowest level reported since early April. Ventilator use for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients was at 150 on Monday, the lowest it's been since hospitals began reporting the data in early April. Ventilator numbers have generally been declining for more than six weeks, after hitting a record high 687 ventilators in use on July 16. Emergency department visits for patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 was at 832 on Monday. The number of patients with suspected and confirmed positive COVID-19 discharged from hospitals was at 159 patients discharged on Monday. MDOT MTA Proposes Service Cuts To MARC Trains, Bus Service Due To Revenue Decline Brought On By CoronavirusThe Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration is proposing a number of cuts due to revenue decreases brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the agency said Tuesday. Rodney Davis Sentenced To 18 Months For Ramming Truck Into Taneytown City Hall Over Water Bill DisputeA Taneytown man will spend 18 months behind bars for ramming his truck into City Hall over a water bill dispute last year, the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Coronavirus In Maryland: 614 New Cases Reported As Hospitalizations, State Positivity Rate Up SlightlyMaryland adds 614 new coronavirus cases as hospitalizations go up slightly Tuesday morning. The state reports a total of 108,863 confirmed coronavirus cases, and the state positivity rate has gone up slightly to 3.39 percent. COVID-19 Numbers: 614 New State Cases, 97 in Montgomery County Tuesday The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday recorded 97 new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County. With a lower rate than 12 of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions, the county had a rolling seven-day average of 2.56% for positive COVID-19 tests. Montgomery County has led the state in coronavirus-related fatalities with a pandemic total of 782. Prince George's County, however, has led the state in coronavirus infections with a current count of 26,356. The state recorded 614 new infections Tuesday, bringing its total to 108,863. Five new deaths were reported, making the pandemic death toll 3,617. Anne Arundel, Harford, and Prince George's Counties all recorded one new death Monday. Data was not available for two of the five new deaths reported statewide. Maryland's seven-day rolling average for test positivity was 3.39%. County's COVID-19 cases increase by 97 since Monday morning Daily case increases remain less than 1% since early July The number of Montgomery County COVID-19 cases increased by 97 — or 0.5% — overnight, bringing the county's total to 20,103, according to state data released Tuesday morning. The county's daily case increases have remained under 1% since July 8. The daily case increases have also been less than the state's since July 10. No new confirmed deaths in the county were reported Tuesday morning by the Maryland Department of Health. There have been 782 county residents whose death from the virus has been confirmed. An average of 3,500 tests have been administered in the county, with an average positivity rate of 2.4% over the last three days. Statewide, 614 new known cases were reported by the state health department, an increase of 0.6%. The state has had a total of 108,863 confirmed cases. The state's daily case increases have remained under 1% since Aug. 3. Five additional confirmed deaths were reported across the state, bringing the total to 3,617. More than 1,952,000 tests have been administered in the state, with a positivity rate of 3.4%.