COVID Bits

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  • Russia has now joined the U.S., India and Brazil with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • India recently recorded a global record 91,000 infections for a single day. The previous record was 77,638 in July in the U.S.
  • The German COVID death rate is one forty-eighth that of the United States. Maybe it helps to have a scientist, in this case Angela Merkel, in charge.
  • “The Trump administration is responsible for the single worst public health failure in the last 100 years.”—Peter J. Hotez, global health expert and dean at the Baylor College of Medicine.
  • African-Americans ages 65 to 74 died of COVID-19 five times as often as whites.
  • North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois: states that are “at risk for surging,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
  • 8.4 percent: U.S. unemployment rate in August. 10.2 percent: Unemployment rate in July.
  • “We hear the pain and concerns of our neighbors and are acting to bring much-needed solutions to bolster this bedrock economic engine for Florida and the nation.”—Congresswoman Kathy Castor, who recently introduced H.R. 8122—the bipartisan Protecting Tourism in the United States Act (with Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton) that directs the Department of Commerce to study the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry.
  • 3,400: People across Florida who are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of the coronavirus. 520: Those hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.
  • 25: Number of early voting sites in Hillsborough County—including Amalie Arena.
  • “If there is a safe and effective vaccine, I think that the most vulnerable population should have priority.”—Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  • “Is the state coming to us because they want everyone to be safe, or are they coming to the black community because they want them to be your lab rats? That’s the message that is out there on social media.”—Black Democratic State Rep. Shevrin Jones, one of four legislators who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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