Some states attribute the numbers to the increase in tests, but admissions have also gone up; authorities blame crowds on Memorial Day holiday in late May. More than 25,000 new cases of the disease were registered across the country on Saturday (June 13).
New cases of coronaviruses and hospitalizations in record numbers have been reported in several US states, including Florida and Texas, as most state governments reopen economic activities.
Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina reported recording new cases for the third consecutive day on Saturday (13). State health officials attributed in part to the crowds during the Memorial Day holiday, the last weekend in May.
Oklahoma reported a recall of new cases for the second consecutive day. Alaska did so for the first time in weeks. Arizona and Nevada reported an almost record number of new coronavirus cases.
In Louisiana, which was one of the first outbreaks of the virus, new cases are on the rise again, with more than 1,200 – the highest daily number since May 21.
More than 25,000 new cases of the disease were reported on Saturday, the highest number recorded on a Saturday since May 2, partly due to a significant increase in tests carried out in recent weeks.
Perhaps the most worrying issue for health authorities is that many of these states are reporting more and more hospitalizations. This metric is not affected by the increase in the number of tests.
Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah had a record number of patients admitted to the hospital on Saturday. In South Carolina, 69% to 77% of hospital beds are occupied, depending on the region.
While the Utah governor announced last week that most of the state will halt its reopening, no state is talking about carrying out new quarantine measures against the coronavirus as they face budget deficits and double-digit unemployment. Many went ahead with the reopening before even complying with government guidelines on controlling local contagion.
Fear that a second wave of infections is occurring or may occur later this fall has prompted health officials to impose masks in public and a ban on large crowds.
Trump still plans to hold his first campaign rally since the beginning of March next Saturday in Tulsa. However, participants are required to sign a Covid-19 waiver to acknowledge on paper that they will not hold the President’s campaign accountable in the event of contagion.
According to state data, about a third of the new cases registered in the state came from Tulsa County. The Tulsa Department of Health said last Friday that this result was linked to meetings inside homes and establishments. Hospitalizations and the percentage of positive tests remained constant in the State.