This Week in Coronavirus: August 7 to August 13

Every Friday we recap the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism.

This week worldwide cases surpassed the 20 million mark and United States’ cases surpassed 5 million with over 167,000 deaths.

An update to our state reports of long-term care facility cases and deaths show that the pandemic has not abated in these facilities, as the number of hot spot states has consistently hovered at 32 this week.

Here are the updates to coronavirus stats from KFF’s tracking resources:

Global Cases and Deaths: Total cases worldwide approached 21 million between August 7 and August 13 – with an increase of approximately 1.8 million new confirmed cases. There were also approximately 40,700 new confirmed deaths worldwide during the period, bringing the total to nearly 755,600 confirmed deaths.

U.S. Cases and Deaths: Total confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassed 5.2 million this week. There was an approximate increase of 365,300 confirmed cases between August 7 and August 13. About 7,000 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total to over 167,000 confirmed deaths in the U.S.

State Reports of Long-Term Care Facility Cases and Deaths Related to COVID-19 (Includes Washington D.C.)

• Data Reporting Status: 47 states are reporting COVID-19 data in long-term care facilities, 4 states are not reporting
• Long-term care facilities with known cases: 15,213 (across 45 states)
• Cases in long-term care facilities: 375,261 (across 44 states)
• Deaths in long-term care facilities: 67,112 (in 45 states)
• Long-term care facility cases as a share of total state cases: 19% (across 44 states)
• Long-term care facility deaths as a share of total state deaths: 43% (across 45 states)

State Social Distancing Actions (includes Washington D.C.) that went into effect this week:

• Face Mask Requirements
– New requirements: NH
• Social Distancing Measures
– Extended: TX, UT, MN, SC
– Paused: No states
– Rolled back: KY
– New restrictions: AK, HI, MA

The latest KFF COVID-19 resources:

  • Food Insecurity and Health: Addressing Food Needs for Medicaid Enrollees as Part of COVID-19 Response Efforts (Issue Brief)
  • Updated: State Action to Limit Abortion Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Issue Brief)
  • Updated: COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker – Updated as of August 13 (Interactive)
  • Updated: State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus (Interactive)

The latest KHN COVID-19 stories:

  • New Interactive Database by KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Guardian US Reveals More Than 900 Health Care Workers Have Died in the Fight Against COVID-19 in the U.S. (News Release, KHN, The Guardian)
  • Exclusive: Over 900 Health Workers Have Died of COVID-19. And the Toll Is Rising. (KHN, The Guardian)
  • Behind The Byline: The Count — And the Toll (KHN)
  • Nurses and Doctors Sick With COVID Feel Pressured to Get Back to Work (KHN)
  • Public Health Officials Are Quitting or Getting Fired in Throes of Pandemic (KHN, AP)
  • Business Is Booming for Dialysis Giant Fresenius. It Took a $137M Bailout Anyway. (KHN, Washington Post)
  • Without Federal Protections, Farm Workers Risk Coronavirus Infection to Harvest Crops (KHN, NPR)
  • Turning Anger Into Action: Minority Students Analyze COVID Data on Racial Disparities (CHL)
  • In Health-Conscious Marin County, Virus Runs Rampant Among ‘Essential’ Latino Workers (KHN, Los Angeles Times)
  • Bereaved Families Are ‘the Secondary Victims of COVID-19’ (KHN, CNN)
  • Amid COVID Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills (KHN)
  • Primary Care Doctors Look at Payment Overhaul After Pandemic Disruption (KHN, Fortune)
  • ‘An Arm and a Leg’: Financial Self-Defense School Is Now in Session (KHN)
  • COVID Data Failures Create Pressure for Public Health System Overhaul (KHN, USA Today)
  • Dying Young: The Health Care Workers in Their 20s Killed by COVID-19‘ (KHN, The Guardian)
  • Is This When I Drop Dead?’ Two Doctors Report From the COVID Front Lines (KHN, The Guardian)
  • Back to Life: COVID Lung Transplant Survivor Tells Her Story (KHN, NPR)
  • Contact Tracers in Massachusetts Might Order Milk or Help With Rent. Here’s Why. (KHN, NPR)
  • Listen: Will Telemedicine Outlast the Pandemic? (KHN)

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