Surge in COVID-19 Prompts Administration Visits to Hard-Hit States

Surge in COVID-19 Prompts Administration Visits to Hard-Hit States

Surge in COVID-19 Prompts Administration Visits to Hard-Hit States

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week that the state is pausing all reopening plans at this time, in a bid to stem the rapidly increasing number of recently seen coronavirus cases.

The 36 states observing a increase in scenarios include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Ga, 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.

The state Department of Health reported more than 9,600 new cases of COVID-19, breaking Friday's record of almost 9,000 cases and marking the third time this week that the Sunshine State exceeded the previous daily infection rate.

Earlier this week New York, New Jersey and CT imposed a 14-day mandatory quarantine on travellers from states with high infection rates like Texas and Florida, where some 13 percent of those tested on Friday came back positive. Mark Martinez, owner of a Lubbock beer garden, learned only when friends texted him the news at around 8 a.m. "I could have really used that (money) for my rent, which is due next week", said Martinez, 44.

"We have to be very careful", he said.

Florida issued its new rules after recording a startling 8,942 new cases of COVID-19, eclipsing the state's one-day record of 5,511 reached on June 24. 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.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered Imperial County to reinstate stay-at-home orders, while San Francisco announced a "pause" in reopening, set for Monday, of barbers, hair salons and outdoor bars.

"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 themselves from others".

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who lifted orders to stay at the state house in May, is now asking residents to stay again to avoid a further increase in cases.

While the rise in the U.S. partly reflects expanded testing, experts say there is ample evidence the scourge is making a comeback, including rising deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country and higher percentages of virus tests coming back positive. The country set a daily record Saturday with 18,500 new cases and 385 deaths.

Texas - among the first U.S. states to reopen - also shut down its bars. In all, more than 663,500 recoveries have been recorded.

"There is a feeling that a ton of youthful persons, well you are youthful so you truly feel a little bit far more invincible but, respectfully, generally that can be a egocentric mentality", Newsom reported.

By Friday, Texas had more than 130,000 known coronavirus cases and more than 2,300 deaths, and the leader of the third-largest county in America - Harris County, which is home to Houston - had deemed the region to be on a code-red coronavirus threat level.

But "we still have work to do", he added, and called on younger Americans in particular to continue to follow the guidelines to reduce the spread. Of them, more than 3,400 people have died and 14,244 were hospitalized for their symptoms.

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