World cases at 18M, deaths 679K, US 4.6M cases and 154K deaths

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard for Sunday, August 2, at 7:35 a.m.:

Worldwide cases: 17,852,451    Worldwide deaths: 679,742

U.S. cases: 4,646,691      U.S. deaths: 154,701

According to the Dashboard, the reported worldwide cases increased by 213,266 in the last 26 hours.  The death count increase was not on the site.

According to the Johns Hopkins Dashboard, the United States has added 66,935 cases in the last 26 hours, and reported deaths attributed to COVID-19 have increased by 1,059.

Worldometer says 2.3 million people in the U.S. have recovered.

In Hawaii, the cumulative case count is 2,197, with 902 active cases throughout the state.  Most new cases are on O’ahu, which has seen spikes because of gatherings with people not distancing and not wearing masks.    Hawaii Island has no active cases.

Last week, Gov. David Ige acknowledged that the state does not have enough contact tracers to manage the current need, and said he may need to ask the National Guard to help.  But since that update, neither he nor the State Department of Health has talked about what they are going to do about contact tracing, despite having said they have 400 trained people but only are using 77 tracers now (per the State DOH web site).

On Monday, KWXX news reporter Sherry Bracken has an appointment to speak with Lt. Gov. Josh Green to ask him what the state needs to do to get its contact tracing up to speed, and that interview will be posted Monday.  Additionally, L.G. Green will give a COVID update at the Thursday, August 6 Waimea Town Meeting, which will be held virtually via Facebook at 5:15 p.m.

Photo of map and data courtesy Johns Hopkins University.


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