Harvard Medical School: Outbreak Detection

Harvard Medical School: Outbreak Detection. “The COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool, updated two to three times per week, predicts how fast an outbreak is spreading within a given county by estimating the doubling time of COVID-19 cases. To make these predictions, the tool accounts for reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, face mask mandates, social distancing policies, changes in tests performed, rates of positive tests and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index, which assesses the health-related resilience of individual communities when confronted with external stresses, such as natural or human-caused disasters or disease outbreaks.”

Washington Post: Maine wedding ‘superspreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths. None of those people attended.

Washington Post: Maine wedding ‘superspreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths. None of those people attended.. “Only about 65 close family members and friends were on the guest list for a bride and groom’s rustic wedding celebration in a small Maine town in early August. But the nuptials began an outbreak now traced to more than 175 reported novel coronavirus infections and also to the deaths of seven people, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.”

Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison moves to all-online classes amid growing COVID-19 case count

Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison moves to all-online classes amid growing COVID-19 case count. “UW-Madison is moving all classes online and quarantining students in two of its largest dorms for at least the next two weeks, the most significant step by the university to curb a COVID-19 outbreak that has surpassed 1,000 infections in mere days. The announcement on Wednesday came as little surprise to the campus community, many of whom expected the university to pivot to all-online in the face of uncontrolled virus spread and criticized administrators for their ‘Smart Restart’ reopening plan throughout the summer.”

New York Times: Summer Jet-Setters Turned Sardinia Into a Virus Hot Spot

New York Times: Summer Jet-Setters Turned Sardinia Into a Virus Hot Spot. “Silvio Berlusconi was there in August. So was his friend, the club owner Flavio Briatore. Now both are among hundreds of Covid-19 cases linked to the Italian island, a favorite of rich partygoers.”

Coronavirus: Cases in France leap past 10,000 a day (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Cases in France leap past 10,000 a day. “France has reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases as the country struggles to contain a fresh surge in infections. On Saturday health authorities said there were 10,561 new cases, rising by more than 1,000 from Friday’s figures. The numbers of people admitted to hospital and intensive care are also increasing.”

Coronavirus: More than 60 cases linked to charity football match (Sky News)

Sky News: Coronavirus: More than 60 cases linked to charity football match. “More than 60 people have tested positive for coronavirus following a charity football match. A further 33 people have now contracted the virus amid an outbreak linked to the event at Burnside Working Men’s Club in Fencehouses, on the border of County Durham and the City of Sunderland.”

BuzzFeed News: 147 Cases Of COVID-19 And 3 Deaths Have Been Connected To A Maine Wedding

BuzzFeed News: 147 Cases Of COVID-19 And 3 Deaths Have Been Connected To A Maine Wedding. “A Maine wedding reception in early August has been connected to 147 cases of the coronavirus and three deaths, health officials reported. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the 147 people included both those who attended the ceremony and people who contracted the virus indirectly. The three COVID-19–related deaths were not among people who attended the wedding, NBC News reported.”

KCUR: Top Hospital Doctors Warn Kansas City Is On The Verge Of Uncontrolled Coronavirus Spread

KCUR: Top Hospital Doctors Warn Kansas City Is On The Verge Of Uncontrolled Coronavirus Spread. “An average of 90 people are currently being hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Kansas City area each day. The Kansas City area is poised to become the next major U.S. hotspot for COVID-19, risking a dangerous and previously unseen stage of the virus for the region.”

NBC News: One man with coronavirus attending Ohio church service led to infection of 91 others

NBC News: One man with coronavirus attending Ohio church service led to infection of 91 others. “A 56-year-old man with the coronavirus attending a single church service in Ohio led to the infection’s spread to at least 91 other people across five counties. Gov. Mike DeWine posted a graphic to his Facebook page Wednesday detailing how the virus spread over a three-week period from the date of the church service on June 14 to July 4.”

Boston Globe: Person dies from COVID-19 in outbreak linked to Maine wedding on Aug. 7

Boston Globe: Person dies from COVID-19 in outbreak linked to Maine wedding on Aug. 7. “One person has died as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak that began at a wedding in Maine on Aug. 7, authorities said. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said 32 positive cases of coronavirus have been linked to the wedding ceremony that was held at a church in East Millinocket and the reception that followed at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket. One of those who tested positive, an adult female patient at Millinocket Regional Hospital, died on Friday.”

France: Virus cases spike to 4,700 in a day (BBC)

BBC: France: Virus cases spike to 4,700 in a day. “France has reported a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases – 4,771 – up a thousand on Wednesday’s figure. It is the first time more than 4,000 daily cases have been seen since May. Meanwhile Spain, Germany and Italy have also recorded their highest numbers of cases since late April or May.”

BBC: South Korea tightens Covid-19 curbs amid warning of new ‘crisis’

BBC: South Korea tightens Covid-19 curbs amid warning of new ‘crisis’. “Museums, nightclubs and karaoke bars have closed in and around South Korea’s capital, Seoul, as Covid-19 cases reach a five-month high. The country reported another 297 new cases on Wednesday – the highest daily figure since March.”

Coronavirus: Ireland at ‘tipping point’ as Covid-19 cases rise (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Ireland at ‘tipping point’ as Covid-19 cases rise. “The Republic of Ireland’s cabinet has reversed some of its lockdown relaxation measures as it attempts to deal with rising Covid-19 case numbers. Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: ‘We are at a tipping point.’ He added that a few weeks ago there were just 61 new reported cases for a seven day period but last week there were 533 cases.”

Victoria Covid-19: Almost all cases linked to quarantine hotels (BBC)

BBC: Victoria Covid-19: Almost all cases linked to quarantine hotels. “Almost all current cases of Covid-19 in Victoria, Australia, can be linked to returned travellers quarantined in the state, an inquiry has heard. The inquiry also heard guards at quarantine hotels were given ‘inappropriate’ training advice. Australian media report that guards were told masks and other protection would not be necessary, as long as they adhered to 1.5m social distancing.”

BBC: South Korea church coronavirus cluster causes alarm

BBC: South Korea church coronavirus cluster causes alarm. “South Korea is dealing with its biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases in five months – with 279 cases reported on Sunday alone. Many have been linked to the Sarang Jeil Church, whose pastor has been a vocal critic of President Moon Jae-in. Another church, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus was identified earlier this year as South Korea’s biggest virus cluster.”