New coronavirus infections in the U.S. almost doubled last week. 31 states reported an increase in cases – as Arizona was the latest hot spot to reverse its reopening by closing bars and gyms.
US COVID 19 cases increased 46 percent in the week of June 28 compared to the previous seven days, with most increases in the west and south of the country.
Nationwide, new cases occurred every week for four weeks. Daily cases have increased to record highs of 40,000 last week – well above the initial increase in infections seen in mid-April.
Infections in the United States have now exceeded 2.58 million and more than 126,000 Americans have died since the virus spread in March.
The Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday that the US was "going the wrong way" with the pandemic and that cases could increase to 100,000 a day if current behavior continues.
President Donald Trump has attributed the rise in new cases to increased testing and low mortality rates across the country as a sign that the pandemic is not getting out of control.
While part of the 46 percent increase in cases last week is due to a 9 percent increase in testing over that period.
As cases continue to grow, deaths across the country are showing a downward trend. Arizona, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee were the states with the highest number of deaths in the past week.
US COVID-19 cases increased 46 percent in the week of June 28 compared to the previous seven days, with most increases occurring in the west and south of the country
In Arizona, deaths rose 62 percent after 249 new deaths were recorded in a week, bringing the death toll to 1,588.
However, health officials have warned that the mortality rate could possibly rise again, as mortality rates often lag behind infection rates.
They also point to the current trend that young adults make up the majority of new cases.
According to official information, people under the age of 35 without a mask have visited bars, parties and social events, become infected and then spread the disease to older, more vulnerable people.
Dr. Fauci, the government's leading infectious disease expert, told Congress that "it would not be surprising if we could get up to 100,000 a day if that didn't change."
"I am very concerned," he said, adding that recent outbreak areas are endangering the entire nation, including areas that have made progress in reducing COVID-19 cases.
He cited current video footage of people gathering in crowds, often without masks, and otherwise ignoring security guidelines.
Over the past week, new infections have more than doubled in Florida, Louisiana, Idaho and Washington State. This emerges from a Reuters analysis of the data from the COVID Tracking Project.
In response to the new cases, Louisiana and Washington have temporarily stopped their economies reopening, and Washington has also made it mandatory to wear face masks in public.
Florida has ordered all bars to close on Friday and has closed the beaches prior to the holiday weekend on July 4th.
Republican governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, ordered Monday to close all bars, gyms, cinemas, and water parks for at least 30 days.
State cases increased 29 percent last week after several record daily increases in cases were reported.
Arizona health officials reported 4,682 additional confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday – most reported so far in a single day in the state, and the eighth in the past 10 days that daily cases exceeded the 3,000 mark.
Most of Arizona’s bars and nightclubs opened after the governor’s mandate to stay home and do business was allowed to expire in mid-May.
Many young people were sighted on the Salt River in Arizona on Saturday, and last week about 3,000 students huddled together with President Trump in an indoor rally in Phoenix.
"We expect our numbers to deteriorate next week," said Ducey when he also ordered public schools to postpone classes until August 17 at least.
Arizona is not alone in its reversal, Texas, Florida and California are also withdrawing, closing beaches and bars in most areas.
Nationwide, 7 percent of the diagnostic tests were positive last week, compared with 5 percent in the previous week.
Twenty-one states reported positive test rates above the level that the World Health Organization has indicated in relation to.
WHO regards a positive rate of more than 5 percent as worrying as it indicates that there are other cases in the community that have not yet been detected.
Officials say if a positivity rate is too high – over 5 percent – this could indicate that the state is only testing the sickest patients and does not have a sufficiently wide network to see how much the virus spreads.
Arizona's positivity test rate was 24 percent last week, Florida's 16 percent, and Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas all 15 percent according to analysis.
As the CDC's deputy director, Dr. Anne Schuchat, said on Monday, the virus is now spreading too quickly to control.
"We have way too much virus across the country … it's very daunting," she told the Journal of the American Medical Association.
& # 39; This is really the beginning. I think there were many wishful thoughts across the country that it was summer. Everything will be fine. We are over it and we don't even start to be over it. There have been many worrying factors in the past week or so. & # 39;
ARIZONA: Large numbers of young people were discovered on the Salt River in Arizona on Saturday. Arizona governor Doug Ducey ordered Monday that all bars, gyms, cinemas, and water parks must be closed for at least 30 days
ARIZONA: About 3,000 students without a mask huddled with President Trump for an indoor rally in Phoenix last week
ARIZONA CASES: Arizona health officials reported 4,682 additional confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday – most reported so far in a single day in the state, and the eighth in the last 10 days that the daily cases hit the 3,000 mark exceeded
ARIZONA DEATHS: The deaths in Arizona have decreased to 44 deaths recorded on Monday
ARIZONA HOSPITALS: Arizona's hospitals are approaching capacity with 2,721 positive or suspected COVID-19 patients. On Saturday, 87 percent of the state's intensive care beds were in use
In other parts of the country, heads of state and government in several states have ordered residents to wear masks in public and stopped the reopening in a dramatic reversal in the face of the alarming increase in coronavirus cases.
Among those who are implementing face mask orders is the city of Jacksonville, Florida, where mask-shy President Donald Trump plans to accept Republican nominations in August.
Trump has refused to wear a mask when visiting states and companies that need it.
In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday that he is postponing the restart of indoor dining because people haven't worn face masks or followed recommendations for social distancing.
Indoor shopping centers have been cleared to resume operations in New Jersey on Monday.
Democratic governors in Oregon and Kansas said Monday that people had to wear masks. According to the order from Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, people will have to wear face covers in public interiors starting Wednesday.
Laura Kelly, governor of Kansas, said she would issue an order that mandates the use of masks in shops and stores, restaurants, and in any situation where a social distance of 2 meters cannot be maintained, including outdoors. The order takes effect on Friday.
"The evidence couldn't be clearer: wearing a mask is not only safe, but it is also necessary to avoid shutting it down again," said Kelly.
TEXAS CASES: The number of daily infections was 4,288 – after a record 5,996 last Thursday
TEXAS DEATHS: Texas had 10 deaths on Monday after rising last Thursday and Saturday
TEXAS HOSPITAL: The state recorded a record 5,913 new hospital stays on Monday. Hospital stays have increased steadily since mid-June
CALIFORNIA: New cases were 5,307 on Monday in California, while daily deaths were 31
HOSPITALS IN CALIFORNIA: Hospitalizations in California are on an upward trend. 4,776 people were treated on Sunday
In Texas, a group of bar owners sued on Monday to try to overthrow Republican Governor Greg Abbott's order to close their shops. They claim Abbott does not have the authority and complained that other businesses like nail salons and tattoo studios remain open.
& # 39; Gov. Abbott continues to act like a king, ”said Jared Woodfill, bar owner's lawyer. "Abbott unilaterally destroys our economy and trashes our constitutional rights."
But New York Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo said Abbott was on the right track, adding that Trump should order masks to be worn.
"States that were stubborn … make a 180, and you have the same states that now wear masks," said Cuomo. "Let the President make the same sense of doing this as an executive order, and then let the President set a good example and mask the President because we know it works."
One of Cuomo's Republican counterparts, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, asked Pence and Trump at a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force to release a national call to wear masks.
Republican governor of Florida Ron DeSantis has spoken out against a nationwide mask requirement, but in response to Jacksonville's action, said he would support local authorities who do what they think is appropriate.
Less than a week after Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry declared that a mask was not required, city officials announced Monday that blankets must be worn in "situations where individuals cannot distance themselves socially".
Nearly a third of COVID-19 patients in the Houston Intensive Care Unit are now under 50, and health workers warn that many are seriously ill and feel like death – as cases continue to increase among young adults across the country
Nearly a third of COVID-19 patients being treated in Houston intensive care units are now under 50 years of age – as cases continue to increase among young adults across Texas and health workers warn that many will become seriously ill.
During the first increase in cases in mid-April, the majority of patients treated for coronavirus in the Houston Methodist hospital system were over 50 years of age.
In a worrying generation change, about 60 percent of current patients are among this age group. Almost every third person who now occupies beds in the intensive care unit is also under 50 years old.
The Houston Methodist hospital system is currently seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients. Dr. Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom told CNBC's Squawk Box that the current surge has been "completely reversed" since the early stages of the pandemic
In Harris County, which covers much of Houston and is one of the largest counties in the county, most cases of COVID-19 are people between the ages of 30 and 39. The second most common age group of 20 to 29 year olds
Infections are currently on the rise among young adults in states like Texas, where bars, nightclubs, and restaurants have reopened – which is causing younger generations to go out, many without a mask.
While health professionals have warned that such behavior poses a greater risk to the elderly who cross, current trends in hospitalization show that younger people have the possibility of serious infection and death from COVID-19.
Dr. Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom told CNBC's Squawk Box that the current surge has been "completely reversed" since the early stages of the pandemic.
He said about 40 percent of the patients were younger than 50 in mid-April and one in five were in intensive care.
"We definitely see that this affects young people and they get pretty sick," he said.
The Houston Methodist hospital system is part of the cluster of major Texas Medical Center public and private hospitals in the city.
Tritico Saranathan, a nurse in one of Methodist's designated virus departments, told the New York Times that she had noticed a difference in patient age compared to mid-April – and warned that many "just feel like death".
"We see a lot of people in their thirties – they celebrate out there and don't wear masks," she said.
“As soon as the city opened, they really wanted to go to the bars, the clubs, the restaurants just to hang out in groups. And nobody was socially distant or wore a mask.
"I see that they're pretty sick – the younger ones are pretty sick. You have a lot of breathing problems. You have difficulty breathing. & # 39;
The Houston Methodist hospital system is part of the cluster of major Texas Medical Center public and private hospitals in the city. Hospitalizations across the city are on the up
In the United States, according to the AP, young people have quickly overtaken older adults as the group with the highest number of new coronavirus cases since the first states reopened
Health officials have described young people's actions in states like Texas as irresponsible behavior, as photos show crowded bars and restaurants after the state lifted the restrictions. Texas Governor Greg Abbott overturned this decision last Friday when he ordered all bars to be closed
Dr. Faisal Masud, the medical director for intensive care at all Houston Methodist hospitals, said he also noticed that 30- to 35-year-olds were admitted.
He said the younger people who were seriously ill tend to be obese or have health problems such as diabetes, kidney disease, and high blood pressure.
"I think there was a feeling of being invincible, or that's not your problem, even if you understood it, not a big deal," he said.
At Methodist, the majority of COVID-19 patients are currently in designated medical wards and not in the intensive care unit. Health officials say this could be a result of the current surge in younger – and often healthier – patients.
As of Monday, there was a record 5,900 coronavirus patients in hospitals across Texas. Daily hospitalizations across the state have been increasing steadily since mid-June.
There are 1,400 intensive care beds and just over 5,600 ventilators available in the states.
In Harris County, which covers much of Houston and is one of the largest counties in the county, most cases of COVID-19 are people between the ages of 30 and 39.
The second most affected age group of 20 to 29 year olds.
Health officials have described young people's actions in states like Texas as irresponsible behavior, as photos show crowded bars and restaurants after the state lifted the restrictions.
Texas governor Greg Abbott overturned this decision last Friday when he ordered all bars to be closed.
Some Texas hospitals have warned that they will run out of beds in the intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients.
The Texas Medical Center system had created a COVID-19 war room to cope with a 66 percent increase in additional intensive care patients. This included strategies to reassign staff, move beds closer together, and use regular beds for emergencies.
They calculated last week that they would run out of space on July 6 if the current upturn in severe cases continues in Texas.
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