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Coronavirus live updates: Trump wears mask in public for 1st time on visit to Walter Reed

Nearly 14% of all new U.S. coronavirus cases in the past seven days have been identified in Texas.

7/12/2020 1:10:00 AM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced late Friday night that the United States Amry is sending a medical task force to Houston to help with the city's COVID-19 battle.

Nearly 14% of all new U.S. coronavirus cases in the past seven days have been identified in Texas.

Thehas become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 134,712 deaths.Latest headlines:More than 10,000 new cases in FloridaTrump wears mask in public on visit to Walter ReedRecord high hospitalizations in Arizona

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Army heading to HoustonHere is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.5:46 p.m.: Trump visits Walter Reed hospital; wears mask for 1st timePresident Donald Trump wore a mask for the first time in public on a visit to Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday afternoon.

Trump briefly answered questions before departing the White House to visit troops at the medical center and said that he would wear a mask."I think when you're in a hospital, especially in that particular setting where you're talking to a lot of soldiers and people that in some cases just got off the operating tables, I think it's a great thing to wear a mask," Trump told reporters."I've never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place."

It was more than three months ago that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people wear masks in public, but the president always said he was regularly tested so it was not necessary he wear one.President Donald Trump wears a mask as he walks down the hallway during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, July 11, 2020.

President Donald Trump wears a mask as he walks down the hallway during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, July 11, 2020.Patrick Semansky/APThe mask included the presidential seal. Face coverings are required at Walter Reed Medical Center, per its policy.

"President Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit brave combat wounded service members and their families as well as healthcare staff who have been caring for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

Trump did wear a mask at a behind-the-scenes tour of a Ford plant in late May, but not in front of the media, saying he"didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it."Trump has regularly come under criticism for not wearing a mask, including last week from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo:"He is enabling the virus. How did this become a political statement? ... I've been asking him to do it for weeks. Just wear the mask and say to the American people, 'This is real. And it's a problem.'"

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5:16 p.m.: Texas sets new record for casesTexas set a new record of COVID-19 daily cases with 10,351 in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of State Health Services.Gov. Greg Abbott told local news outlets Friday he thinks the situation will only get worse and is willing to consider further restrictions if necessary.

There have now been 250,462 cases to date. Of those, 119,470 are active, while an estimated 127,800 have recovered.In the Rio Grande Valley, an area especially hard hit, there are only four available ICU beds and 353 available hospitals beds, according to officials. The Rio Grande Valley has a population of about 1.3 million.

The total death toll in Texas rose to 3,112, with 99 deaths reported since Friday -- four more than yesterday, but six shy of the daily record set Thursday.More than 2.7 million tests have been administered, with the positivity rate today of 15.81%.In this Friday, July 10, 2020 file photo, lab technicians work with COVID-19 testing sample at the UT Health RGV Clinical Lab on the UTRGV campus in Edinburg, Texas.

In this Friday, July 10, 2020 file photo, lab technicians work with COVID-19 testing sample at the UT Health RGV Clinical Lab on the UTRGV campus in Edinburg, Texas.Denise Cathey/AP4:55 p.m.: Louisiana to mandate masks, close bars after rise in casesLouisiana will require the public to wear a mask when social distancing can't be observed, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced.

“When outside in close proximity to others, you’re going to need to have your mask on. ... We know that face masks work," he said.The mandate comes a day after the state reported 75 new cases, its highest number to date. It will go into effect Monday after midnight.

MORE: Faces of some of the more than 130,000 lives lost in US to coronavirusAll bars without food permits will also be closed. Edwards said 36 outbreaks, which affected more than 500 people, were due to bars.Edwards added that these steps were not ones he wanted to take. However, he said,"We have no reason to believe that the numbers we reported today are going to get better over the next week."

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About a month ago there were 542 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. On Friday, there was a total of 1,182 confirmed cases.4:41 p.m.: Wisconsin sets another case recordWisconsin has set a record for most daily cases for the second day in a row, according to its health department.

The state reported 926 cases in the past day to bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 35,679.There were also seven more deaths in the state yesterday to bring the total to 821 since the start of the pandemic.3:15 p.m.: Boston moves to phase 3 reopening

Boston joined the rest of Massachusetts in moving to its phase 3 of reopening from COVID-19 lockdown,.In phase 3, gyms, movie theaters, casinos and other activities are allowed to resume, with restrictions.As of Friday, the state's death toll reached 8,081 and the number of confirmed cases was 105,290.

932,796 people have been tested in Massachusetts. The state is offering free, no-symptoms required testing in its hardest-hit communities including Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lynn, Lowell, Marlborough and New Bedford, the Boston Globe reported.

2:31 p.m.: DeSantis would like to see anything else 'in modern times' tested like FloridaIn a press conference Saturday, Florida Gov. DeSantis insisted his state is a leader in coronavirus testing."Florida had more tests yesterday than the country as a whole did in March."

He added that he'd like to see anything else "in modern times" tested like Florida is currently testing for coronavirus.Senate President Bill Galvano said Florida is"frankly better than most states in the union."The Kash & Karry Supermarket gift shop located near the Walt Disney World theme park is selling masks and hand sanitizers for customers on July 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Kash & Karry Supermarket gift shop located near the Walt Disney World theme park is selling masks and hand sanitizers for customers on July 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Octavio Jones/Getty ImagesThe governor said the state reported 95,000 tests on Friday and that it was getting shipments of remdesivir, the anti-viral drug being used to fight COVID-19. New York Gov. Cuomo announced Friday that he was sending a shipment of the drug to Florida.

"There are definitely areas where we think we may be seeing some declining positivity [rates] and some other areas where they're consistently 20%," DeSantis said."We may be seeing some decline in this part of the Tampa Bay area," he said but said there's more positivity in Pasco County.

"We have a much better idea now versus March about what the viruses likes versus doesn't like," DeSantis said.The governor said he's working with the White House to get more Lab Reagents in Florida."The U.S. is testing more than any country by far and the lab resources are backed up."

He said the state signed contracts with companies that could provide tests in 48 hours and said that's just not happening anywhere in the country.1:41 p.m.: Arizona reports record high hospitalizationsThere are 3,485 people currently hospitalized in Arizona due to COVID-19, a record high, according to the state's Department of Health.

There were 3,038 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 119,930, the department reported. There were also 69 deaths, pushing that sum to 2,151.A heath care worker has her blood drawn for an antibody test for COVID-19 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, July 10, 2020.

A heath care worker has her blood drawn for an antibody test for COVID-19 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, July 10, 2020.Cheney Orr/Reuters1:19 p.m.: South Carolina sets new record of daily casesSouth Carolina set a new record of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 2,239, according to the state's Department of Health.

The state's previous record was more than 1,800 cases.There are now 54,538 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 940 deaths in South Carolina, according to officials.The total number of individual test results reported to the Department of Health on Friday was 10,083, with 22.2% of those being positive. The department also confirmed the first pediatric death linked to COVID-19.

12:25 p.m.: North Carolina reports more hospitalizations, another daily increase in casesNorth Carolina set two somber records over the last 24 hours, with the state recording its highest number of hospitalizations and highest daily increase in cases to date.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,093 hospitalizations and 2,462 new cases Saturday.Medical personnel handle test samples at a community coronavirus testing site operated by Cone Health and the county Health Department in Burlington, N.C., July 9, 2020.

Medical personnel handle test samples at a community coronavirus testing site operated by Cone Health and the county Health Department in Burlington, N.C., July 9, 2020.Gerry Broome/AP"Record-high numbers like today are concerning," NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., said in a statement."We all have a responsibility to one another to wear a face covering, avoid crowds and wash our hands often to get our trends going back in the right direction."

North Carolina has 83,793 confirmed cases from among more than 1.1 million tests.11:23 a.m.: University reverses course, will be remote this fallWest Chester University, one of Pennsylvania's largest state-owned universities, with 18,000 students, has reversed course and said it no longer plans to bring students back in the fall.

Christopher Fiorentino, the university's president, said in athat learning will continue remotely through the fall semester."WCU cannot ignore the potential danger of bringing thousands back to campus," Fiorentino said.Some classes will be taught in a hybrid format, meaning both in-person and remote learning for students with clinical placements, student teachers and certain internships, according to Fiorentino.

Chester County, where WCU is located, is currently in the Green Phase of reopening, meaning that some of the university's public buildings -- a library, a recreation center, the student union -- will be open but limited to 50% capacity."The University understands that students' lives have been turned upside down by a relentless pandemic that continues to sweep across the globe," Fiorentino said."Our support for our WCU community will not waiver."

10:19 a.m.: New York hospitalizations drop below 800 for 1st time in four monthsNew York recorded 799 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, the lowest number since March 18, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The state also posted the lowest three-day average death toll since March 16, with six over the last 24 hours, Cuomo said in a statement.

New York was among the hardest-hit states in the early stages of the pandemic, with New York City especially devastated.Cuomo applauded the good news, saying New Yorkers who practiced social distancing and wore masks"are central to our ability to slow the spread and save lives."

However, Cuomo also urged people not to become complacent."I urge residents to stay 'New York tough' and not give up the ground we've worked so hard to gain together, particularly in the face of rising cases throughout the country and compliance issues here at home," he said.

8:39 a.m.: Clusters of US soldiers test positive for COVID-19 in JapanA"few dozen" U.S. Marines stationed at two different bases in Okinawa, Japan, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to The Associated Press.After months of no confirmed coronavirus cases, the Marine Corps said it had two clusters of soldiers who tested positive for the virus this week, according to a statement from Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force on Okinawa prefecture have now re-imposed strict limits on personnel movements and activities after the new coronavirus cases appeared, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News.Everyone who tested positive is in self-isolation and local commanders have initiated"soft shelter-in-place" orders for Camp Hansen and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

All orders are in place until further notice.Officials said cleaning the base and contact tracing are ongoing."As we navigate the current environment we will continue to assess the situation and provide updates as frequently as permissible. We ask everyone to follow the social distancing and

protection measures to help us #KillTheVirus," Marine Corps Installations Pacific wrote on its Facebook page.5:28 a.m.: Army medical task force heading to Houston as hospitals fill upTexas Gov. Greg Abbott announced late Friday night that the United States Army is sending a medical task force to Houston to help with the city's COVID-19 battle.

The additional resources, Abbott said, include an Urban Area Medical Task Force from the U.S. Department of Defense that will arrive on Monday and a Disaster Medical Assistance Team from U.S. Health and Human Services that has just been deployed."Texas is grateful to the federal government as well as the President and Vice President for working swiftly to provide additional resources to the state as we work to mitigate COVID-19 and care for our fellow Texans," Abbott said in a statement Friday."We will continue to work with our local and federal partners to ensure all resources and needs are met throughout the state."

Houston has seen a significant rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, which caused many public health officials and hospitals to issue warnings that ICU bed availability is running low. Houston's Texas Medical Center is at 105% capacity.The city reported 670 new diagnosed COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing Houston's total to at least 26,682. The coronavirus death toll for the city increased by nine to 259.

Numbers are just as jarring throughout the Lone Star State. Texas' statewide COVID-19 death toll reached a single-day high of 105 Friday. The state had a 15.56% positivity test rate, according to an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News.

Nearly 14% of all new U.S. coronavirus cases in the past seven days have been identified in Texas, the memo said.The rise in cases also led to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to cancel the in-person Republican Party convention in the city, prompting a lawsuit by the state GOP.

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Seriously doubt there would be that much advertising. People wear their own clothes as spectators. So nothing else to conclude other than this is really an ad. China sucks Um....what? This clearly must be Trumps fault . Imagine how toxic that water is. Copied another Aussie invention from the nrl! I guess they warning ⚠️ us now that flood is coming .

That seems unhealthy Honest poll. Virus came from: Hmmm... didn’t the CCP just flood Wuhan by opening up all the dams at once? FREE PALESTINE good for him To be fair, he's probably dodging Israeli bullets 🙄 PROPAGANDA MACHINE. THE GREAT INSTIGATOR. FALSIFIER -Stalin - We need a clean sweep of the past. LynnCatWalters Trump to reporters: you wearing masks to be politically correct!!!

Ah presidency how sweet you are. He was around Corona patients wasn’t he? Is it wrong to say he looks great with his face covered? So July 11 It 3 months after the CDCgov recommended No further comments! realDonaldTrump BenedictDonald TraitorsSupportTraitorTrump I've suddenly lost all respect for this man.

zafarwestern Is he going for another mind boggling difficult cognitive test?😂😂😂😂 What a Bonehead February and every day since would’ve been a good time Jajaja.el.pobre 'viejecito' ah de tener bien herido su orgullo. obligarlo a tan semejante bajeza... Wow! A fleating moment of leadership He's lying again in a pathetically desperate attempt to gain votes from: * people that knew he couldn't be trusted with power. * people that are finally realizing his being a con artist and pandering bigot doesn't help them pay their bills or REALLY improve their lives.

What if we start to see a decline with the virus and we discover tRump was the super super spreader? One time one place… Does realDonaldTrump want a trophy or a medal? Hospitals need to mitigate germs as well as viruses Yep...all the time and every place How many lives could have been saved had Trump acted faster? 'Most of them'

Trump Virus! TrumpDeathToll136K TrumpIsANationalDisgrace Ya hydroxychloroquine works so idk why your pushing fear. Oh wait cause your Fake News. Bullshite photo-op. Heard they set up reporters in the hallway for yet another photo op Are you going to sneak in and get the syphilis checked out? I think those little buggers are getting a little too active.

POTUS this is all for show. Yes u should wear a mask in the hospital BUT u should’ve been wearing one from the beginning. This is not political it’s about respecting and being a human being and thinking about being safe/healthy. Let's point out that this is a lie. Whatever happened to America as the world's early adopter and leader in ingenuity and productivity? Why are we the last one put put on a mask in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC?

Loser Lying fool. You should be wearing a bag or your head. How many of those soldiers were wounded because “ your mentor Putin “ put a bounty on their head. We’ll never forget the treason at Helsinki ! Putin was “ powerful in his denial “ What can you expect from a coward five -time draft dodger Got dayum, he has a fat face.

'In Trump's America, a criminal who lies to protect Trump goes free. A war hero who testifies truthfully about Trump's conduct gets fired. This is Trump's 'law and order'. This is Trump's banana republic. This is Trump's America.' 👏👏👏RVAT2020 Like during a world wide pandemic!!!!!!!! Weak Because no hospital would let him in without one

Liar in chief! A supergluing prank chance gone wasted! murderer. maybe he can tell the servicemen and women about the bounties on their heads by his friend Putin. Trump’s a corrupt fraud. Really, trump thinks he looks like the Lone Ranger! Just playin'. Of course, you have to wear a mask in a hospital. This just happens to be my favorite art piece by Erté, 'Samson and Delilah.'

The time and place are whenever you are around other people. The time and place is when he can see his reelection prospects collapsing. I imagine the mask also symbolizes a psychological mask shielding his guilt and shame of coming face to face with military personnel creating a boundary between him and the RussianBounty .

Americans do beleive, really!? Took him long enough! tookhimlongenough It is all for show. He wants the votes come November. Why does no one give a shit about protecting eyes and getting covered from all the live virus feces particles that go airborne out of flushed toilets? If they can, so can this POtuS...

Houston has an outbreak of a mutated Coronavirus. Arizona hospitalization were related to Mexico travel. This needs more investigation Blood on his hands! Amry? Great Now Abbot is putting military personnel in harms way, due to Abbott’s gross error in opening Texas and being 45’s lap dog!!!! RESIGN Man you people who leave tasteless comments and shit are messed up! These are people dying and need help! Who cares we are suppose to be Americans! Stop being shitty in nameless posts and let’s step up and help!

hoaxvirus ! phew. army Maybe he should call WHO. But schools open in Texas in 5 weeks. This is a train wreck. How do you spell Army? Wonder what Dan Crenshaw is saying these days after taking victory laps for Houston's covid handling TrumpGate Since he was impeached nothing has changed with the most corrupt president in our history. Please retweet and follow us!

Amry?

Trump Gets 'An F' For Fractions In Coronavirus Testing Tweet'The Math Department at Trump University was severely underfunded,' one person replied on Twitter. 🥴 It doesn't add up !! I don't know what school you went to but I don't think 'Fractions' was a class....

As Oklahoma struggles with coronavirus, Trump rally didn't help.maddow: “We have a president who is causing outbreaks and telling you not to follow CDC guidelines.” The election isn’t “a competition between two governing parties,” says Maddow. “It’s a competition between governing and that.” maddow He’s got so much blood on his hand, that it’s now beyond ridiculous. And yet, his blind, deaf, and very dumb, deplorables seem to just beg for more and I just don’t get it🤔 maddow COVID19 SuperSpreaderInChief is NO CIC maddow ...Go. Pound. Sand. The public (voters) are well aware now that you, CNN, and the others continue to skew stories, and sources as indications realDonaldTrump has failed. Angry voters don't care much anymore who is financing the removal bias and destruction. Look Out.

Trump Gets 'An F' For Fractions In Coronavirus Testing Tweet'The Math Department at Trump University was severely underfunded,' one person replied on Twitter.

The Trump administration’s split-screen coronavirus messageCongress needs to spend nearly half-a-trillion dollars on initiatives to fight the coronavirus if it hopes to minimize the damage done, a pair of economists estimate I'm sure we'll borrow it from China. Then Trump can pretend how bad they are for the US. Perhaps if they stopped the corporate welfare this time around. This won’t happen because we need to hand billions to the Catholic Church and Trump Family and Friends for PPP instead of small businesses.

Trump and Fauci not speaking as coronavirus pandemic worsensWith coronavirus raging, President Trump and Dr. Fauci are no longer speaking. The President has taken to openly criticizing him on television. Fauci is expressing puzzlement at some of Trump's claims. Do any actual journalists work for you? That's how he treat anyone who doesn't worship him. He wants to be a dictator and tell everyone what to do, hear, see, act, and believe. They don't even know what they're fight for. For faces? How crazy are these people exactly? Don't you need to know?

Fauci says Trump is 'obviously' wrong that '99%' of coronavirus is 'harmless' - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web. 99.7% or probably more aren’t deadly - something to consider when you shut down a society with all its devastating consequences - serious cases are real no doubt, many are due to poor health so dont blame the virus, blame yourself! Our deaths per 1000 population is 4/1000 and cases are 10/1000. Trump is correct.