In the past two weeks, more than half of the country’s states have seen an increase in their daily number of new COVID-19 cases.
However, some spikes have been worse than others, with multiple states last week setting new records in terms of new daily cases.
As a result of the increase, 34,700 new cases of COVID-19 were reported nationwide Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The daily number of cases in the United States has not been as high since April, the initial peak of the pandemic.
In particular, Arizona, Texas and Florida have seen new cases skyrocket.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,593 new cases of coronavirus and 42 deaths, both records for the state. While the number of new cases on Wednesday fell to 1,795, the number of deaths nearly doubled, jumping to 79.
Another concern for the Southwestern state is the number of intensive care unit beds available. According to state data, 88 percent of Arizona’s adult ICU beds are full and 86 percent of general inpatient beds are being used.
Once it began to open, Arizona quickly removed the restrictions, and Governor Doug Ducey (R) did not require people to wear masks while in public. Last Wednesday, amid increasing numbers, Ducey ordered the local government to pass measures that force its residents to wear masks.
President TrumpDonald John Trump Bowman has a double-digit lead over Engel in New York. McGrath leads Booker in Kentucky with results expected next week New York Republican Chris Jacobs wins special election to replace Chris Collins MORE He organized a rally at a megachurch in Phoenix on Tuesday and played down the increase in daily cases.
“When you have all that evidence, you have more cases,” Trump told a crowd of about 3,000 people. “We want to do tests. We want to do everything, but they use it to make us look bad. ”
The president’s words have been a common saying from him and his conservative allies about why there has been an increase in cases across the country.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday called the increase in COVID-19 cases in Lone Star State “unacceptable.”
“We have several strategies to reduce the spread without closing Texas again, but it is up to all of us to do our part to protect ourselves and others,” said Abbott. “We need all Texans to follow the safety protocols developed by our team of medical experts, which includes staying home if you are sick or at risk, disinfecting your hands, distancing yourself socially, and wearing masks or masks.”
Abbott’s request to Texans to follow safety protocols came after Texas reported 4,430 new cases on Saturday, a record. The registration did not last long as the state reported 5,489 new cases on Tuesday.
The governor has not tightened any of the state’s previous pandemic restrictions, saying Tuesday that “closing Texas again will always be the last option.”
Florida set a record for new daily cases on Wednesday, breaking its previous record set over the weekend.
The state reported 5,511 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in Florida to 109,014. The Sunshine State has reported no fewer than 1,000 new cases on the day since June 1.
Florida is slated to host a couple of major political events in the coming months: the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville in August and the second presidential debate in Miami in October.