Only two US states are reporting a decline in new
coronavirus cases compared to last week — Connecticut and Rhode Island.
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A man rides a bicycle as people walk on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida on June 26, 2020. – They are itching for a good time after months of lockdown, and may the coronavirus be damned: young adults in Florida are fueling a dangerous rise in COVID-19 infections. Feeling immortal, these fun-crazed people are finding ways to gather and party even though many bars and nightclubs remain closed as the Sunshine State reopened its economy this month. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
A staggering rise was reported in 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter.
Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a single-day record high since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals that of New York’s peak in daily cases in early April.
While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said
the state’s surge in cases in the past week was the result of a “test dump,” officials there and across the US have also warned of an increase in cases among younger groups.
That’s all as the US broke another record,
reporting the highest number of new cases in a single day Friday with at least 40,173 new infections.
People protest against mandates to wear masks amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in Austin, Texas, on June 28.
Kelly Lain celebrates her birthday at her parents’ front lawn, while practicing social distancing, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Pasadena, California, on June 28.
A participant holds a portrait of Tamir Rice, a 12-year old African-American boy who was killed in Cleveland, Ohio by a white police officer, during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, on June 28, in New York. The march was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement after New York’s massive Pride march was canceled due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.
Musician Elaine Alt wears a device to maintain social distance from others during the coronavirus outbreak before marching from Dolores Park in San Francisco, on June 28 at a protest by gay activists and supporters calling for an end to racial injustice and accountability for police.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan receives hand sanitizer as he celebrates mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in Manhattan, New York, on June 28.
Pedestrians wear masks out of concern for the coronavirus while walking along a sidewalk, in Boston, on June 28.
Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Love Field, in Dallas, on June 28.
Medical student Kimberly Olivares takes a sample from a patient at a free COVID-19 testing site provided by United Memorial Medical Center, in Houston, on June 28.
Diners eat at a cafe in phase two of the state’s plan to reopen the economy, in Boston, on June 28.
Zina Goodall wears a face mask as she carries a rainbow flag while walking with friends in the Castro District amid the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, California on June 27. As San Francisco Pride turns 50 without its signature parade down Market Street and Civic Center party due to the coronavirus pandemic, LGBTQ individuals and their allies are marking the milestone in other ways.
A lifeguard keeps watching over a packed beach on June 27 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Fans attend a live stream of a Garth Brooks concert event at Canterbury Village Drive-In Powered by Emagine on June 27 in Lake Orion, Michigan. Due to ongoing coronavirus social distancing restrictions, the one-night drive-in event will have two separate performances broadcasted on large LCD screens with sound played through car radios at over 300 drive-in’s throughout the country.
A waitress takes the temperature of customers as they arrive to eat at Dudley’s as restaurants are permitted to offer al fresco dining as part of phase 2 reopening during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, New York on June 27.
People walk to go tubing on Salt River in Arizona on June 27.
Joel Draut, a photographer, editor and photo archivist, waves toward family, friends and colleagues during a drive-by vehicle parade to celebrate his retirement amid the pandemic, in Katy, Texas, on June 27.
A person walks in the rain past customers at Cafe Luxembourg’s outdoor seating as the city moves into Phase 2 of re-opening, on June 27, in New York City.
Coalition of Resort Labor Unions representing Disney cast members stage a car caravan outside Disneyland California, calling for higher safety standards for Disneyland to reopen during the pandemic, in Anaheim, California, on June 27.
Frankie Colavito works out on a balance line in Piers Park, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts.
People enjoy the beach amid the pandemic, on June 27, at Chincoteague beach, Virginia.
FDNY Firefighters are seen doing a training exercise as the city moves into Phase 2 of re-opening, on June 27, in New York City.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, puts on his mask during a news conference with Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, center, and other members of the Coronavirus Task Force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, on June 26.
An aerial view of people in cars lined up to be tested for COVID-19 in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic on June 26 in Los Angeles, California. The United States set another single-day record of new coronavirus cases while California is also seeing a surge in new cases.
Benigno Enriquez, right, elbow-bumps Miami Mayor Francis Suarez as Suarez hands out masks to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, at a mask distribution event, on June 26, in a COVID-19 hotspot of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars on June 26 as its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, a new record that is almost double the previous mark set just two days ago.
Healthcare professional Kenzie Anderson, left, prepares to take a sample from a patient at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site on June 26, in Houston. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the state. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that the state is facing a “massive outbreak” in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients.
A volunteer wears an N-95 face mask to protect against the new coronavirus while watching golfers on the 11th hole tee box during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands, on June 26 in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Visitors to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh enjoy the fountain at the confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, on June 26. The fountain typically opens in May, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed it being turned on until June 24.
A woman wearing a face mask in concern for the coronavirus, passes a display in a shop window, on June 26 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dancers with the Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company perform a dress rehearsal at a baseball field in Central Park, New York, on June 26.
Boston Red Sox gear is unloaded from a truck in advance of a training period before the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season on June 26 in Boston, Massachusetts.
A medical professional takes a nap on a park bench in the Manhattan borough of New York City on June 26.
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez talks to Rep. Carolyn Maloney prior to a hearing before the Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee of House Oversight and Reform Committee June 26, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Entertainer Emilie Condamine poses after participating in a fashion show in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip to kick off the pro-mask wearing campaign “Mask Up for Nevada” put on by Experience Strategy Associates amid the spread of the coronavirus on June 25, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Graduates of the Brooklyn Tech High School pose for photographs at the Brooklyn Bridge Park after their graduation was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic on June 25, in Brooklyn, New York.
People in downtown on June 25, in Los Angeles.
Aerialists and acrobats David Gray and Alyssa Gray participate in a fashion show in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip to kick off the pro-mask wearing campaign “Mask Up for Nevada” put on by Experience Strategy Associates amid the spread of the coronavirus on June 25, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Salt Lake County Health Department’s public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus antibody test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department on June 25.
The group Mariachi Mexicapan serenades Ramon Salazar, seated on his porch, in an effort to lift the spirits of older residents who are sheltering at home to reduce their risk of exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic on June 25, in Long Beach, California.
Arriving travelers walk by a sign in the baggage claim area of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, on June 25, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days.
Tony K., a registered nurse with Providence Health, talks to a person about their free coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a testing site on the edge of the CHOP area as people continue to occupy space and protest against racial inequality in Seattle, Washington on June 25.
People pose on a installation to thank essential workers, first responders and healthcare workers as shoppers return to the streets of iconic Rodeo Drive as the luxury goods stores reopen after three months of closure due to the Covid-19 virus in Beverly Hills, California on June 25.
Incoming cadets wear masks as they run from the bus to the footprints that were spaced 6 feet apart on June 25, during the In-Processing Day at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Contact tracers, from left to right, Christella Uwera, Dishell Freeman and Alejandra Camarillo talk about a case at Harris County Public Health contact tracing facility on June 25, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the state is facing a “massive outbreak” in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients.
A customer, left, is greeted by a worker, right, at the entrance to a Shake Shack restaurant, on June 25, in Boston.
Fashion designer and choreographer Jeffrey DeBarathy participates in a fashion show in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip on June 25. It kicked off the pro-mask wearing campaign “Mask Up for Nevada” put on by Experience Strategy Associates amid the spread of the coronavirus.
Luis Chavarria has his temperature taken by Sandra Lozada, medical assistant, while Alexander Panis, nurse practitioner at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, prepares a COVID-19 test, on June 25, in Los Angeles. Truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were offered free testing from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Volunteers prepare donations for delivery to those affected by COVID-19 on tribal lands, on June 25, in Tempe, Arizona. The resource drive is for families isolated due to COVID-19 on Navajo, Hualapai, Havasupai and White Mountain Apache tribal lands.
People walk by the Stonewall Inn, an iconic bar for the LGBTQ community around the world, on June 25, n New York City. Along with thousands of other restaurants and bars in New York, the Stonewall Inn was forced to close in mid-March as New York City began its long struggle against coronavirus. The bar, which was almost forced to close for good due to the prolonged lockdown, has started a GoFundMe page and has so far exceeded its initial goal of $50,000.
Healthcare workers from University of South Florida (USF) Health administer coronavirus testing at the Lee Davis Community Resource Center on June 25, in Tampa, Florida. The USF Health system partnered with the Hillsborough County Government to provide coronavirus testing at several location sites throughout the county. Florida is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, as the state reached a new record for single-day infections on Wednesday with 5,511 new cases.
A woman walks past a curbside pickup sign at Macy’s department store in Vernon Hills, Illinois, on June 25. Macy’s is cutting roughly 4,000 back-office and management jobs as COVID-19 continues to hurt its bottom line.
A cyclist rides past Principal Park, home to the Triple-A minor league baseball Iowa Cubs, on June 25, in Des Moines, Iowa. Two high school baseball games scheduled at the stadium were postponed after officials said a ballpark staff member tested positive for coronavirus.
A man rides a subway in the Manhattan borough of New York City, on June 25.
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But the daunting numbers could just be the tip of the iceberg: A new survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the total number of coronavirus infections across the US could actually be six to 24 times greater than reported.
As cases spike, US travelers
are “unlikely” to be allowed into the European Union as the bloc begins opening up to international travel, several EU diplomats told CNN.
Officials in parts of the US are now trying to reel in the spread of the virus — which many experts have said is spiraling out of control — by making pleas to the country’s young population to keep their distance,
urging the use of face masks and halting their reopening plans.
The US has now hit more than 2.5 million infections and at least 125,539 deaths, according to
Johns Hopkins University.
Your coronavirus questioned, answered here Where new cases are on the rise
The 36 states seeing a rise in cases include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Cases are trekking steady in Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia.
States hit pause on reopening
At least 12 states halted or rolled back their reopening plans in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday he’s hitting the pause button on the state’s reopening plan due to rising cases. Some counties were preparing to enter the fourth phase of reopening, “which would essentially mean no restrictions,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
“Phase 4 would mean a return to normal activity and we can’t do that now,” the statement said. “This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.”
These are the state that require face masks
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also announced last week he’d pause any further phases to
reopen the state.
“I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”
A day later, Abbott
also said he was closing bars and limiting restaurant capacity.
Arizona’s governor has also announced the state’s reopening is on pause as a result of a major spike in cases.
“We expect that our numbers will be worse next week and the week following,” the
Track the coronavirus Pleas to young groups
In recent days, officials across the US have reported a rise in cases among younger groups. In Mississippi, officials pointed to
fraternity parties as one of the drivers behind the state’s cases.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week there’s been an increase in younger groups testing positive for the virus.
“There is a sense that a lot of young people, well you’re young so you feel a little bit more invincible but, respectfully, often that can be a selfish mindset,” Newsom said.
In Florida, DeSantis said while the median age for those infected with the virus in March was in the 60s, in the past two to three weeks it’s dropped to people in their early 30s.
The governor urged younger groups to be vigilant, saying while they may not be at risk for serious complications, they can pass the virus on to someone who is. The state’s community transmission, he said, is “being driven by that 18 to 35-year-old group.”
“You have a responsibility to be careful if you’re in contact with somebody who is more vulnerable,” he
said. “We’ve been stressing avoiding the three Cs which are: closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people nearby and close-contact settings, such as close-range conversations.”
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