COVID Bits

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  • Ireland, now in a six-week lockdown, became the first European country to reimpose a nationwide lockdown because of coronavirus concerns.
  • According to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker, the U.S. has suffered 65.74 COVID deaths per 100,000 people. China has lost 0.34 per 100,000, which probably doesn’t please anyone targeting the source of the “Kung Flu.”
  • “When you get this disease, it hits you how easy it is to prevent. We are asked to wear cloth over our mouth and nose, wash our hands and avoid crowds. These minor inconveniences can save your life, your neighbors and the economy. Seldom has so little been asked for so much benefit.”—Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who went maskless to the White House and paid for it with COVID-19 and a week in the ICU.
  • Women’s job losses due to COVID have been beyond disproportionate; last month approximately 617,000 women 16 and over left the work force, nearly eight times the number of men. They’ve borne the brunt of closed schools.
  • 2,100: Approximate number of people in Florida hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus. Approximately 470 are in the Tampa Bay area.
  • “There was a spike in Florida that is gone.” That was the prevaricator-in-chief at the last debate.
  • More than 500,000 diagnostic tests for coronavirus have been administered in Hillsborough County. The county’s public sites have accounted for more than 20 percent of the total.
  • TGH is creating a new center for infectious diseases to treat COVID-19 patients. It will renovate an existing building to create a 59-bed intensive care unit and up to 45 “surge readiness” beds for COVID-19 treatment.
  • Golfer Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 player, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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