5 States Where Coronavirus Infections Are Out of Control
Every day, a new COVID-19 record is set, and they are the worst kind. "As President Trump continued to press for a broader reopening, the United States set another record for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with more than 59,400 infections announced," reports the New York Times. "It was the fifth national record in nine days." Here are the states that set single-day records for new infections on Wednesday.
With 26,343 total cases and 1,089 deaths—and the numbers rising every day—the virus is winding it's way into the state everywhere. "A summer camp in Arkansas and another in Missouri have closed down after campers and staff tested positive for Covid-19," reports CNN. "At the Kanakuk K-2 Camp in Lampe, Missouri, 82 campers, counselors and staff tested positive for Covid-19, according to a Facebook post by the Stone County Health Department."
"Without a doubt, Wednesday was the worst day yet," reports the Tennessean. "Tennessee shattered its daily record for both new coronavirus infections and active infections on Wednesday amid an outbreak that continues to escalate statewide. The state also approached records for hospitalizations and deaths in a single day. State health officials announced 2,472 new infections, breaking the prior record of 1,822 and setting a new record for the fourth time in just two weeks." The state has 54,756 total cases and 678 deaths.
Texas is reporting record deaths, Houston canceled their Texas GOP convention and an Austin doctor compared the situation to the Titanic. The state has 229,000 cases and 2,935 deaths. "Texas is struggling to meet COVID-19 testing demands as thousands of potential patients line up daily," reports CBS News. "But, with reports of tests running out before noon, some of the potentially infected are being turned away."
"Utah reached two unwanted milestones Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic, setting a one-day record for new cases — at 722 — and crossing the 200 mark in the state's death toll," reports the Salt Lake Tribune. "And the state's continuing surge has made it one of the world's top 25 spots for the most confirmed new cases over the past week." Utah has 26,921 confirmed cases and 201 deaths.
"I have told you all along we were going to watch our numbers," Gov. Jim Justice said. "In the last few days, our positive case numbers have now moved to a level to where if we don't make a move right now, we're going to be in a world of hurt." After West Virginia experienced its highest daily total of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, Gov. Justice announced Monday that he has issued an executive order that will establish a statewide indoor face-covering requirement. The state has 3,707 cases and 95 deaths.
How to Stay Healthy in Your State
Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had advice for every American: "Avoid crowds," he said. "If you're going to have a social function, maybe a single couple or two—do it outside if you're going to do it. Those are fundamental, and everybody can do that right now." So avoid those crowds, wear your face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.