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US Had Highest Ever Single-Day Total of New COVID-19 Cases on Wednesday

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US Had Highest Ever Single-Day Total of New COVID-19 Cases on Wednesday

2020-06-25 12:26:12

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Stop COVID-19 (Image source: Public domain)

A few months ago we were worried about hitting the second wave of the coronavirus this summer as it coursed through the United States. However,  it doesn't appear as though we are headed to the second wave, as we can't get out of the first wave.

The country recorded its worst day of new infections since the beginning of the pandemic, but now everything is circling back around, The country hit a new record on Wednesday for new infections.

On April 24, there were 36,739 cases reported. Since then, things have been better, and states were starting to open again. Of course, some states never fulled closed, such as those in the South and West, and now these states are reporting record numbers, which has led to the U.S. reporting the new record. This goes against what other nations are experiencing, leading to the question of what the U.S. is doing wrong.

 Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina each reported highest single-day totals for the states, yet case numbers have been rising in more than 20 states.

A New York Times database showed that the pandemic is not waning as it was expected to and that it is just as strong as it was initially. While it's true that some of that is because of an increase in testing, percentages are up as well. The percentage of people testing positive in Florida experienced a sharp increase. Hospitalizations are up as well.

Some states have brought their numbers under control but have not eliminated the threat, such as New York. Illinois had the biggest decrease of all states. These states enforced strict regulations to get to that point.

All told, 2.3 million in the U.S. have been infected, with 121,925 of those cases becoming fatal. And now many states are right back to square one.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) reported that the state had 7,000 new cases on Wednesday over the previous day. Washington State, which saw some of the earliest cases, is again on an upward trend. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said residents were going to have to start wearing masks in public.

"This is about saving lives," he said. "It's about reopening our businesses. And it's about showing respect and care for one another."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been slow to close the state and quick to open it. After they reopened bars and restaurants without requiring masks, there were clusters of new cases from the same establishments.

DeSantis is now urging residents to avoid closed spaces that don't have proper ventilation, as well as crowds and close contact. He attributes the state's rising numbers to the younger people socializing in bars as well as their homes and ignoring local rules that limit the size of gatherings. He suggests older people should stay home and younger people should be more responsible.

"You need to do your part and make sure that you're not spreading it to people who are going to be more at risk for this," said DeSantis.

Arizona and North Carolina both reported their highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced his state would be pausing its reopening efforts for three weeks and that face masks will be required. More than 4,300 people with the virus were hospitalized in Texas. This is more than the number at the beginning of June. It's another state that opened early.

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that if governments and communities in the Americas are not able to control the spread with current methods, they may need to impose or reimpose general lockdowns.

"It is very difficult to take the sting out of this pandemic unless we are able to successfully isolate cases and quarantine contacts," said WHO health emergencies program executive director, Dr. Michael Ryan. "In the absence of a capacity to do that, then the specter of further lockdowns cannot be excluded."

He further explained that the number of cases in the Americas  has not peaked yet and that the countries are likely to see sustained numbers of cases as well as deaths in the coming weeks.

Bluntly, it can be described like this: the country will never heal from the pandemic until everyone is on board. While it's great that individual states were allowed to set their own rules, it has proven to not be effective, as when some states are healing, other states are then going through infections and passing it back to the states that are healing. It's become a round-robin game that will never end. 

The only way to nip this thing in the bud is for the entire country to be on the same plan: social distance, close businesses, and wear masks. Each state setting its own rules is never going to work.

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