More than 130,000 Americans have now died of coronaviruses and 14 states have reached a record number of new daily infections since the beginning of July, prompting the nation as a whole to set a record for the seven-day moving average number of new cases, for on the 27th consecutive day, according to New York Times calculations.
Between Friday and Sunday, over 200,000 coronavirus cases were added to the United States count.
With much of the partial or total reopening of the United States, the 4th of July revelers are likely to further increase the number of new cases in the coming days and weeks.
Despite the tragic landmark of 130,000 COVID-1
More than 130,000 people have died of coronaviruses in the United States. States such as Texas and Florida are witnessing dramatic increases in the number of daily infections, although corresponding increases in death have not yet been reported
A new increase in coronavirus cases in the United States started in early June (red). Although experts say a delay of around 17 days is expected for death to rise, daily deaths have remained broadly stable (blue)
Florida has now overtaken Arizona with the steepest and most alarming increase in cases in the United States.
In just two weeks, the number of total infections has doubled from 100,000 to over 200,000 since Sunday.
Arizona and Nevada also reached their record number of hospitalized coronavirus patients on Sunday, while the mayors of Austin and Houston, Texas warned that their hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed.
New daily case records have also been recorded with alarming increases in levels observed in states where the virus has been relatively quiet until recently: West Virginia, Tennessee and Montana.
Last week, national attention turned to Arizona and Texas, which surpassed their previous record of new cases each time in one day.
Now, Florida has returned to focus again.
On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed 10,059 new coronavirus cases.
It was the third highest number of infections in a single day, only behind the previous day’s report, and the cases reported Thursday.
As of Monday morning, the state’s health department added 6,327 more cases, bringing the Florida total to 203,376.
Both President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reduced the number of cases increasing in many states to an increase in tests.
This is true in Florida, but it does not explain the sharp increase in the percentage of those tests that are turning positive.
Florida set yet another record of daily infections on Saturday (right) but, curiously, no corresponding increases in death toll have yet emerged, although cases have been steadily increasing for more than two weeks
After the harrow increased the number of cases in Arizona last week, relatively few new infections were reported over the holiday weekend
Between June 21 and June 27, an average of 9.94 percent of tests administered daily in the state.
Last week, the positive rate rose nearly half to 14.7 percent.
However, trends in hospitalizations and deaths have moved in the opposite direction.
In the past two weeks, with the doubling of cases in Florida, the number of daily deaths has decreased by 82% from Sunday to Sunday. Hospitalizations decreased by 79% over the same time period.
Experts warned that hospitalization and increases in death will always lag behind the increase in the number of cases. One study suggested that the time lag between increasing the case and increasing the death is around 17 days. At least 14 years have passed since the cases started to rise in Florida.
Some Florida beaches, such as Miami, were closed on the weekend of July 4th, while others in Cocoa Beach locations remained open but required masks and temperature controls (pictured)
Several cities and oceanic counties in Texas have closed their beaches for the holiday weekend, but protesters have broken orders in Galveston
However, at least one group of state legislators is urging Governor Rick DeSantis to make face masks mandatory. The Florida Department of Health currently recommends wearing face masks and avoiding crowds.
The beaches of the state have remained largely open, according to Governor DeSantis’ announcement on Tuesday that he would not make major arrests and that Florida “would not return.”
Several South Florida counties have closed their beaches in every way, including Miami-Dade. Other beaches were less crowded than expected for a typical holiday on the 4th of July weekend, but they certainly still attracted many revelers.
Some Florida beaches and docks required temperature controls and a mask to wear at their entrances.
As of Monday, Miami has also closed its restaurants and gyms in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus in the city.
Texas residents have been seen celebrating and even protesting on the beaches and lakes of the states.
The situation in Texas is becoming terrible, with over 3,449 cases reported on Sunday and a record 8,258 new cases reported on Saturday
Nevada also reached a record number of hospitalizations on Sunday, after it appears to have eased its outbreak last month
Governor Greg Abbott issued an 11th hour mask warrant on Friday and major fireworks were canceled.
Some cities and counties, such as Galveston, closed their beaches, but there was no official state order, the celebrations gathered in restaurants that were still open and others challenged the closures by going to the beach in protest.
On Sunday, nearly 3,550 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Texas. Another 8,258 cases were confirmed on Saturday, beating the previous record of 8,076 new cases on July 1st.
In total, 195,239 cases were confirmed in the state and 2,637 people died.
Under increasing pressure, Governor Abbott paused the state’s reopening plan, a move in which at least one group – the Ector County GOP in Odessa – formally “censored” the governor.
The mayors of Austin and Houston – two of the state’s most populous cities – have issued correspondence notices that, if the trajectory of coronavirus outbreaks in Texas continues, each bed in their hospitals will be full and the largest hospital systems swept up within two weeks.