Here Are All The States Where Coronavirus Cases Are Spiking

TOPLINE: Some states are seeing a dramatic surge in new coronavirus infections as reopening measures continue across the country, raising tough questions on whether those reopening efforts were premature and also the way officials will balance maintaining public safety with preventing more economic damage.





KEY FACTS

  • Texas and Florida—two of the first states to reopen—both hit new daily highs last week.
  • California also hit a record daily high last week, though one official attributed the spike to increased testing (Florida’s governor has also attributed his state’s spike to more testing).
  • Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Alaska have also seen surging case numbers over the last week.
  • On Friday, the CDC released new forecasts that singled out six states—Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, North Carolina, Utah, and Vermont—where the coronavirus cost is maybe visiting rise over the following month.
  • Some states and cities

    have walked back reopening measures in response to surging cases: Oregon’s governor put the reopening process on pause on Friday after the state saw its highest level of latest cases since the start of the pandemic; Utah’s governor issued the identical order, as did the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee.
  • According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins, quite 2 million Americans have contracted Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, since the beginning of the pandemic, and quite 114,000 have died.



KEY BACKGROUND

Even though news of states hitting record levels of coronavirus cases day after day might make it seem to be the U.S. is headed for a second wave of the virus, the country continues to be situated very firmly within the “first wave.” New infections peaked around 36,000 cases daily in April, in step with the massive apple Times data, and over the last month, the number of recent daily cases has held relatively steady around 20,000. Cases in former hot spots like NY and New Jersey have fallen dramatically while cases in many areas of the South and West still rise. For a true “second wave” of the virus to be possible, the virus would want to subside then reappear.

CRUCIAL QUOTE

"We really never quite finished the first wave," Dr. Ashish Jha, a professor of worldwide health at Harvard, told NPR. "And it doesn't appear as if we are visiting anytime soon."

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