What you need to know about COVID-19: As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

This is an American tragedy, a number that not even New York saw during the height of the pandemic in its state. 15,299. That’s the number of new Corona virus cases, the Florida Department of Health reported Sunday, making it the highest number of cases recorded by any single state. With more than 7500 Kobe patients hospitalized, medical systems are struggling to keep up and running out of I C U beds. We definitely had a you know, a sharp increase in the number of people going to the hospital. The number of people are I. I see you and the number of people in our ventilators. Florida has been posting and then breaking record high case numbers for the past several weeks, prompting several beaches too close and some areas to roll back their face reopening. Congresswoman Donna Shalala says the governor needs to take direct action. It’s out of control across the state because our governor, our governor, won’t even tell everybody to wear mass. While 33 states are on the upswing of new cases, the nation’s top doctor says there is still time to turn things around. If we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective. We have the ability to turn this around in Washington. I’m Whitney Wild.

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What you need to know about COVID-19: As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

With coronavirus cases climbing across the U.S., Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state’s largest single-day increase in positive cases.Florida Rep. Donna Shalala said the virus is still out of control and places like Miami are edging closer to shutting down for a second time.”It’s out of control across the state because our governor won’t even tell everybody to wear masks. At least in Miami-Dade county, everyone must wear a mask when they’re outside,” she told CNN.”This is an American tragedy,” she added.Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.According to state Department of Health statistics, over 15,000 people tested positive, for a total of nearly 270,000 cases.California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago. New York had 11,571 on April 15.In the past weeks, Florida broke multiple records of single-day highs in new cases and reported another 10,360 new infections Saturday. Around 40 hospitals across the state have no ICU beds available and more than 7,000 patients are hospitalized statewide with the virus, state data showed Saturday.Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted implementing a state-wide mask mandate, saying last week the state has “stabilized where we’re at.” On Saturday, he suggested Florida would not be moving on to the next reopening phase for now, saying “we want to get this positivity rate down.”In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp slammed the Atlanta mayor’s decision to move the city’s reopening back to phase 1, saying the action was “merely guidance — both non-binding and legally unenforceable.” Phase 1 includes an order for residents to stay home except for essential trips. The mayor, who has tested positive for COVID-19, defended her decision saying the state opened recklessly and residents were “suffering the consequences.””As clearly stated in my executive orders, no local action can be more or less restrictive, and that rule applies statewide,” Kemp wrote on Twitter.The debates are part of nationwide efforts by U.S. leaders to control a now rapid spread of coronavirus without having to force residents into a second lockdown. More than half of U.S. states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans in hopes of slowing down new cases. But both mandates and suggestions for face masks by officials still face heavy backlash by many Americans — even as experts warn they’re the most effective way to prevent further spread of the virus.The latest numbersNow deep into the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. is reporting more than 3.2 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s more than the individual population of 21 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. At least 135,000 Americans have died. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, at least 33 states are recording an upward trend in new cases, compared to the previous week.Those states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.Fourteen states are trekking steady: Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington state and Wyoming.Three states are reporting a decline: Delaware, Maine and New Jersey Surgeon general urges face coveringsSurgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday the Trump administration is “trying to correct” its guidance from earlier in the coronavirus epidemic that wearing face coverings was not necessary.With virus cases surging and many states and cities now issuing orders to wear masks in public, Adams said he and other administration officials were wrong back in March. But he insists they were going with the scientific knowledge at the time, which suggested that people with COVID-19 who showed no symptoms were not likely to spread the virus.Adams said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “once upon a time, we prescribed cigarettes for asthmatics and leeches and cocaine and heroin for people as medical treatments. When we learned better, we do better.”Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, told “Fox News Sunday” that he would have liked to have seen administration officials wear masks sooner. He says it should not be viewed as a “personal choice” but a public health imperative.Trump was seen wearing a mask in public for the first time Saturday during a visit to a military hospital.The debate around school openingsAs the country grapples to get ahold of the crisis, the president announced last week he’s pressuring governors to reopen schools in a push to return the country to business as usual.Despite a surge in cases in the state and cries of protest from educators, Florida’s education department announced it will require schools to reopen in the fall. Other state leaders have stopped short of announcing any changes just yet, but some local decisions have pushed the beginning of fall semesters back. The CDC has released guidelines for parents and administrators, but the agency’s head, Dr. Robert Redfield, said the decision for the safest course ultimately lies with the districts.But internal documents from the CDC warned fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would pose the “highest risk” for spread of the virus, according to a report by The New York Times.The 69-page document obtained by the Times marked “For Internal Use Only” was among materials for federal public health response teams deployed to coronavirus hotspots to help local public health officials handle the outbreak, the newspaper reported.Stop the spread of COVID-19To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends you keep 6 feet between yourself and others, and wear a mask.Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.For more tips on how to stay safe, CLICK HERE.

With coronavirus cases climbing across the U.S., Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state’s largest single-day increase in positive cases.

Florida Rep. Donna Shalala said the virus is still out of control and places like Miami are edging closer to shutting down for a second time.

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“It’s out of control across the state because our governor won’t even tell everybody to wear masks. At least in Miami-Dade county, everyone must wear a mask when they’re outside,” she told CNN.

“This is an American tragedy,” she added.

Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to state Department of Health statistics, over 15,000 people tested positive, for a total of nearly 270,000 cases.

California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago. New York had 11,571 on April 15.

In the past weeks, Florida broke multiple records of single-day highs in new cases and reported another 10,360 new infections Saturday. Around 40 hospitals across the state have no ICU beds available and more than 7,000 patients are hospitalized statewide with the virus, state data showed Saturday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted implementing a state-wide mask mandate, saying last week the state has “stabilized where we’re at.” On Saturday, he suggested Florida would not be moving on to the next reopening phase for now, saying “we want to get this positivity rate down.”

In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp slammed the Atlanta mayor’s decision to move the city’s reopening back to phase 1, saying the action was “merely guidance — both non-binding and legally unenforceable.” Phase 1 includes an order for residents to stay home except for essential trips. The mayor, who has tested positive for COVID-19, defended her decision saying the state opened recklessly and residents were “suffering the consequences.”

“As clearly stated in my executive orders, no local action can be more or less restrictive, and that rule applies statewide,” Kemp wrote on Twitter.

The debates are part of nationwide efforts by U.S. leaders to control a now rapid spread of coronavirus without having to force residents into a second lockdown. More than half of U.S. states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans in hopes of slowing down new cases. But both mandates and suggestions for face masks by officials still face heavy backlash by many Americans — even as experts warn they’re the most effective way to prevent further spread of the virus.

The latest numbers

Now deep into the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. is reporting more than 3.2 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.

That’s more than the individual population of 21 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. At least 135,000 Americans have died.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, at least 33 states are recording an upward trend in new cases, compared to the previous week.

Those states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Fourteen states are trekking steady: Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington state and Wyoming.

Three states are reporting a decline: Delaware, Maine and New Jersey

Surgeon general urges face coverings

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday the Trump administration is “trying to correct” its guidance from earlier in the coronavirus epidemic that wearing face coverings was not necessary.

With virus cases surging and many states and cities now issuing orders to wear masks in public, Adams said he and other administration officials were wrong back in March. But he insists they were going with the scientific knowledge at the time, which suggested that people with COVID-19 who showed no symptoms were not likely to spread the virus.

Adams said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “once upon a time, we prescribed cigarettes for asthmatics and leeches and cocaine and heroin for people as medical treatments. When we learned better, we do better.”

Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, told “Fox News Sunday” that he would have liked to have seen administration officials wear masks sooner. He says it should not be viewed as a “personal choice” but a public health imperative.

Trump was seen wearing a mask in public for the first time Saturday during a visit to a military hospital.

The debate around school openings

As the country grapples to get ahold of the crisis, the president announced last week he’s pressuring governors to reopen schools in a push to return the country to business as usual.

Despite a surge in cases in the state and cries of protest from educators, Florida’s education department announced it will require schools to reopen in the fall. Other state leaders have stopped short of announcing any changes just yet, but some local decisions have pushed the beginning of fall semesters back. The CDC has released guidelines for parents and administrators, but the agency’s head, Dr. Robert Redfield, said the decision for the safest course ultimately lies with the districts.

But internal documents from the CDC warned fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would pose the “highest risk” for spread of the virus, according to a report by The New York Times.

The 69-page document obtained by the Times marked “For Internal Use Only” was among materials for federal public health response teams deployed to coronavirus hotspots to help local public health officials handle the outbreak, the newspaper reported.

Stop the spread of COVID-19

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends you keep 6 feet between yourself and others, and wear a mask.

Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more tips on how to stay safe, CLICK HERE.