If You Live Here, Coronavirus is Spreading at All-Time Highs
As cities reopen, some are seeing a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases, reporting record-high single-day increases in cases yesterday "as the states continue to ramp up testing and the virus reaches new communities," reports CNBC. "Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, warned on Thursday that several states in the South and West are 'on the cusp of losing control.'" Here are 5 that are in big trouble.
"This week's California coronavirus hospitalizations are approaching the height of the pandemic," reports CalMatters, citing their tracking. "The tracker, which pulls from state data, shows that 3,439 patients who've tested positive for the novel coronavirus were hospitalized Wednesday, up from 3,421 hospitalized on Tuesday. The all-time high: 3,497 hospitalized patients on April 29." Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mandate to wear face masks "in most settings outside the home" to prevent the spread.
"Arizona health officials reported 2,519 confirmed cases on Thursday, surpassing the previous single-day high of 2,392 reported on Tuesday," reports CNBC. Adds KTAR News: "The number of cases reported in Arizona has been rising at a faster rate than testing has increased, indicating community spread, since the state's stay-at-home order expired last month."
Record numbers continue. "At least 21,533 people in South Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 621 have died, according to state health officials," reports the State. "On Thursday, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported an additional 987 cases of COVID-19, well above the previous one-day case count record of 802 set last week. DHEC has recorded at least 350 new cases each day since June 4."
"Thursday marked the seventh consecutive day that Texas reported a record number of hospitalized coronavirus patients, with 2,947 people currently in hospitals being treated for COVID-19, according to data released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services," reports the Texas Tribune. "The latest seven-day average for the number of people hospitalized is 2,468. Since the beginning of June, hospitalizations have increased almost every day. There are almost twice as many people hospitalized because of the coronavirus than there was on Memorial Day."
"Florida officials announced 3,207 new cases Thursday morning, shattering the state's previous single-day high of 2,783 new cases also reported on Tuesday," reports CNBC. There is debate about the cause of the increase. "After Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that 'the No. 1 outbreak we've seen is in agricultural communities' and followed up this week with statements that 'overwhelmingly Hispanic' farmworkers and day laborers were the leading source of new cases, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried fired back," reports the Tampa Bay Times, "noting that the majority of farmworkers left several weeks ago after harvests ended and that cases are spiking in non-agricultural areas."
Meanwhile, In More Positive News
"Seventeen states and Washington D.C. have reported declines in cases, including Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, once considered the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.," reports CNBC. To stay healthy in your state, wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing and don't miss these essential Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.