The north-east, once the most important hotspot of the virus, has significantly improved since its peak in April, when the region suffered more than any other region in the country. However, cases are increasing slightly in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as residents move more freely and gather in groups more frequently.
Across the country, coronavirus deaths continue to rise. In early July, the country had an average of around 500 per day. In the past week, it has averaged over 1,000 a day, with many of those concentrated in the solar belt states. California, Florida and Texas reported a total of 724 deaths on Wednesday, about half of the national total.
“I think to some extent we saw a spike because people were fatigued about it,” said Alan Rosen, who heads the Harris County District Agent’s office. “They were tired of hearing about it every day. They were tired of being locked up in the house and staying away from people. “
People there are facing the breaks and peaks of a physical, emotional, fiscal and logistical crisis from an invisible enemy almost three years after surviving Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst disasters in American history.
“It’s a rollercoaster, ”said Rosen, who recovered after being infected with the virus in May. “It’s not like a hurricane is going through and we know what to do. We know we have to clean up and rebuild and everyone is used to the time period. But with that, there are so many unknowns.”
Julie Bosman brought back from Chicago, Manny Fernandez from Houston and Thomas Fuller from Alturas, California. Mitch Smith contributed to the report from Chicago.