Coronavirus Watch Notes

Toughest Weeks Ahead

Day 09 – Stay Home Order

Yesterday President Trump warned from the White House that “a surging death toll in what he said may be “the toughest week” of the coronavirus pandemic”. The President and other officials depicted that “some parts of the United States as climbing toward the peaks of their crises, while warning that new hot spots were emerging in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington, D.C.”.

There will be a lot of deaths.

President Trump, Saturday April 4 at the White House

According to the CNN reporting, the US surgeon general quoted saying “this week is going to be the ‘hardest and the saddest’ for ‘most Americans’ lives, describing the upcoming grim period of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as a ‘Pearl Harbor moment’ and a ‘9/11 moment’.”

Next Two Toughest Weeks

On Saturday Dr Deoborah Brix, Coronavirus Response Coordinator of the White House, commented at the White House briefing that ‘the next two weeks will be crucial for the effort to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases’. She further emphasized that:

This is a very important — the next two weeks are extraordinarily important, and that’s why I think you’ve heard from Dr. (Anthony) Fauci, from myself, from the President and the Vice President that this is the moment to do everything that you can on the presidential guidelines. This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe, and that means everybody doing the 6 feet distancing, washing your hands.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Briefing Saturday April 4

According to the CNN daily coronavirus tally, Saturday 1,224 coronavirus deaths were reported, yet another most deaths reported in a single day thus far. One day before on Friday April 3, there were 1,094 Covid-19 related deaths were reported. There are now a total of 8,503 deaths (as of April 5, 6 a.m.) nationwide.

US Was Caught Off Guard

The Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz writes in a lengthy article that ‘like the country and its leaders were caught off guard during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attack and financial crisis of 2008, the government looked helpless or frozen or contradictory’. He further writes that “the federal bureaucracy bungled rapid production of tests for the virus. Stockpiles of crucial medical materials were limited and supply lines cumbersome. States and hospitals were plunged into life-and-death competition with one another.”

On Wearing Masks in Public in MN

The MPR News reports that the Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials “acknowledged whether citizens should be wearing non-medical grade masks when they go out in public”. State epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann is reported to be advising Minnesotans that “a homemade or non-medical-grade mask can help protect others — though not the person wearing it. Wearing a mask does not give someone license to skip other safety measures, such as frequent hand-washing, social distancing and staying home when sick.”

If we’re continuing to do all the other mitigation strategies, this is just an extra tool that people can consider. We just don’t want people to have a false sense of security.

Kris Ehresmann, State epidemiologist (source: MPR News)

According to the local Star Tribune reporting, Minnesota’s COVID-19 response with respect to stay-at-home order & ‘social distancing’ measures shows promise in helping to slow virus. Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director is reported saying “social distancing has made a very big difference for that disease”.

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The MDH latest tally (as of April 4), the confirmed case in Minnesota is 865 (out of 25,423 tested) from 58 counties with 24 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of April 5, 6:26 a.m.) there are 312,245 confirmed covid19 infection with 8,503 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 1,216,422 with 65,711 deaths.