COVID Bits

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  • Highest death toll numbers: U.S.: More than 255,000; Brazil:170,000; India: 134,000.
  • According to a recent study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations, the U.S. coronavirus death toll could double by the end of February.
  • To save countless lives.” Why it is necessary for the Trump administration to share critical COVID-19 information with the Biden transition team, according to a letter sent to the White House from the leaders of the American Hospital Assoc., American Medical Assoc. and the American Nurses Assoc.
  • Total international college enrollment—including new and returning students–fell 16 percent in the fall, according to the Institute of International Education.
  • Less than three weeks: How soon the first doses of vaccines may arrive at TGH—and four other Florida hospitals.
  • Florida’s average weekly positivity rate: 9 percent. Hillsborough County’s rate: 8 percent. The WHO’s recommended rate: 5 percent.
  • Florida’s first statewide leader to contract COVID-19: Sen. Rick Scott.
  • In Tampa Bay, approximately 20 percent of hospital beds and 16 percent of ICU beds are open.
  • “I think what’s unfortunate is that we are seeing this (coronavirus) rise in cases and at times when people look forward to gathering with families and friends, spending long hours together. And that just really isn’t wise right now.”–Donna Petersen, dean of USF’s College of Public Health and chair of USF’s COVID-19 Task Force.

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