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Coronavirus update: Florida reports record 11,458 new daily cases as U.S. enters Fourth of July weekend

Coronavirus update: 11,458 new cases

The United States entered the Fourth of July weekend against a backdrop of surging coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, with officials and health experts nervously watching to see if the public would heed warnings to limit the size of their gatherings and take other steps to curb the virus.

Florida on Saturday set another daily record for new infections, reporting 11,458 confirmed cases. The state has reported multiple daily records since late June, and the rate of positive test results has climbed into the double digits. Only New York has tallied more cases in a single day, with 11,571 on April 15.

Here are some significant developments:

  • For the 26th day in a row, the United States set a record for the average number of daily cases reported nationwide, even as the holiday kept some state health departments from reporting their latest batches of infections.

At least 21 states pause reopening or take new steps to limit the spread of COVID-19

COVID closings after openings

Days after the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed concern about “significant increases” in coronavirus cases, the United States surpassed 50,000 daily cases twice this week, a new daily high.

That milestone was reached as governors and other state leaders grapple with plans to reopen their economies. Some are postponing further reopening while others are tightening rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Among the measures: shutting down high-capacity businesses such as bars and gyms, halting elective surgeries and requiring people to wear masks.

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Herman Cain Hospitalized With COVID-19 Days After Attending Trump’s Tulsa Rally

herman CainFormer GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, his team announced Thursday afternoon.

News of his diagnosis comes just days after Cain appeared at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was attended by scores of maskless supporters.

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Another Unwanted U.S. Record: 50,000 New Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day

50,000+ cases again

In a grim accounting of the coronavirus's progress in the United States, another milestone was reached Wednesday: more than 50,000 new cases reported in a single day.

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine's Coronavirus Resource Center, which tracks the virus worldwide, says the total number of cases reported in the U.S. stands at 2,686,480, an increase of 50,700 over Tuesday's figure. U.S. deaths attributed to the coronavirus stand at 128,062.

Brazil is ranked second in the world behind the United States, with 1,448,753 cases and 60,632 deaths.

In testimony Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, predicted that the number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. could soon reach 100,000 per day.

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Florida reports more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases, setting a new daily high

Florida cases at 10,000 a day

Florida added 10,109 cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, a new record and making it the ninth consecutive day that at least 5,000 new cases have been counted, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide is now 169,106.

The state's total number of cases has nearly tripled since the Phase 2 reopening began on June 5 (61,488). Bars were closed for the second time during the pandemic June 26 to try to limit the spread of the virus.

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Florida Hospitals Are Flooded With Partying Younger People

Florida hospitals flooded with young peopleA week ago, Jordan Rodriguez and his fiancée met up with two friends for tacos, chicken wings, and pitchers of beer at a local pub in Pembroke Pines, Fla., one of several outings the 38-year-old has enjoyed since the Sunshine State reopened for business in May.

“I wouldn’t say I felt safer, but I had started venturing out again a little bit,” Rodriguez told The Daily Beast. “I still wear a face mask whenever I go out and I have always been a germaphobe, so I’m regularly washing my hands with soap.”

Little did he know that the coronavirus was likely already gestating inside him. The following morning, Rodriguez felt lousy when he woke up. Initially, he chalked it up to a few too many beers. But as the day progressed, Rodriguez wasn’t feeling better. “I took my temperature and I had a fever of 99.9,” he said. “I knew I had to get tested.”

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U.S. coronavirus cases rise by 47,000, biggest one-day spike of pandemic

Coronavirus cases highest daily total ever: 47,000New U.S. COVID-19 cases rose by more than 47,000 on Tuesday according to a Reuters tally, the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic, as the government’s top infectious disease expert warned that number could soon double.

California, Texas and Arizona have emerged as new U.S. epicenters of the pandemic, reporting record increases in COVID-19 cases.

“Clearly we are not in total control right now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a U.S. Senate committee. “I am very concerned because it could get very bad.”

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