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Florida, Texas post daily COVID-19 records as 'positivity' rates climb higher

Florida set a new record with confirmed coronavirus cases rising over 11,000 in one day

7/5/2020 3:05:00 AM

Florida set a new record with confirmed coronavirus cases rising over 11,000 in one day

Florida and Texas , two states that have emerged as the latest hot spots of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, both reported new single-day record increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday - with nearly 20,000 additional infections combined.

By comparison, New York state - the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak months ago, reported just 844 hospitalizations on Saturday, far below the nearly 19,000 hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients at the peak of its coronavirus crisis.During the first four days of July alone, a total of 14 states have posted a daily record increases in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly 130,000 Americans.

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And in a further sign the virus is spreading, at least 18 states, including the three most highly populated - California, Texas and Florida - have posted ominous rates of infection as a percentage of diagnostic tests over the past two weeks.The recent surge, most pronounced in Southern and Western states that were among the latest to impose mandatory business restrictions at the outset of the pandemic and the first to relax them, has alarmed public health officials ahead of weekend July Fourth holiday celebrations.

The majority of Independence Day fireworks displays across the country have been canceled, as state and local authorities urged Americans to avoid large crowds, practice safe social distancing and wear face coverings while out in public.Florida’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose by a record 11,458 on Saturday, the state’s health department said, marking the second time in three days that its caseload jumped by more than 10,000 in 24 hours.

The latest case numbers in Florida, which has yet to report statewide hospitalizations, surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European county during the height of the coronavirus outbreak there.Sun seekers gather at Clearwater Beach, which remains open despite high numbers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the state, on Independence Day in Clearwater, Florida, U.S. July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Drone Base

In Texas, meanwhile, the number of new cases rose by a record 8,258 on Saturday. North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Idaho and Alabama all registered new daily highs on Friday.Despite the rising number of infections, the average daily U.S. death toll has gradually declined in recent weeks, reflecting the growing proportion of positive tests among younger, healthier people less prone to severe illness when infected.

OMINOUS SIGN OF VIRUS TRANSMISSIONSStill, a growing number of states are reporting a troubling upward trend in the percentage of diagnostic tests that come back positive - a key indicator of community spread that experts refer to as the positivity rate.

The World Health Organization considers positivity rates above 5% to be concerning, and widely watched data from Johns Hopkins University shows at least 18 states with average rates over the past two weeks exceeding that level and climbing.Eleven states averaged double-digit rates over the past seven days – Arizona (26%), Florida (18%), Nevada (16%), South Carolina (15%), Alabama (15%), Texas (14.5%), Mississippi (14%), Georgia (13%), Idaho 11%), Kansas (10%) and Utah (10%). That was up from four states with double-digit rates two weeks ago.

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Even in California, which led the nation with statewide workplace closures and stay-at-home orders issued on March 19, the positivity rate has crept up to an average of 7% over the past week.Against that backdrop, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez imposed an indefinite nightly curfew starting Friday and halted the reopenings of casinos and other entertainment venues. Earlier this week, Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward County, the state’s two most populous counties, required residents to wear face coverings in public.

Arkansas on Friday joined a push toward mandating mask-wearing in public. Governor Asa Hutchinson authorized the state’s cities and towns to enact a “model ordinance” requiring face coverings.Slideshow(2 Images)The move came a day after Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered face masks worn in most public places, reversing his stance following an alarming rise in infections.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to minimize the jump in confirmed cases as a function of greater testing and again this week predicted that the virus would “disappear.”“If you test 40,000,000 people, you are going to have many cases that, without the testing (like other countries), would not show up every night on the Fake Evening News,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Reporting by Christine Chan in New York and Steve Gorman in Eureka, Calif.; Additional reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis and David Gregorio Read more: Reuters Top News »

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And 18 deaths... which is nothing Please use the appropriate language when reporting. Doubled our testing in Florida plus elective surgery patients are being tested. Its a rise in cases IDENTIFIED. Most people are asymptomatic. Hospitals are fine. We do have new cases in Orlando and Miami thanks to protesters.

DeInsanity + Trump directly responsible. The Pandemic nature made, response by Trump - DeInsanity man made. It didn’t need to happen. I’ve told people follow Asian countries Taiwan, South Korea etc..They say loudly were not them. There right, they are smart, cautious- we’re not ! CiurriaMichelle My congratulations to the Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis. You made it to 1

Florida is OFF THE HOOK! They NEED to requarintine You can always depend on Florida to set new ignorance records. It's what we do. Please don't try this at home, we're professionals. 808oceangirl I’m sorry for Floridians but you can’t fix stupid GovRonDeSantis When are you going to do ANYTHING to help the situation? You are a joke. Please resign. We accept your resignation, effective immediately.

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