California and Florida Break COVID-19 Death Records: Situation Worsens in Half of US States
California and Florida - the two states with the most COVID-19 cases in the country - have set new records for COVID-19 deaths in a single day. Overall, the United States has passed the dramatic milestone of 150 deaths from this infection, writes CBS News.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said 197 people in the state died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 28. This is the highest rate in one day. The state has reported 8755 new positive cases.
According to data from July 30 at 9:00 local time, California has the highest number of confirmed cases of infection in the country - 487 478. If California were a separate country, it would be the fifth most COVID-19 country in the world after the United States, Brazil , India and Russia.
"Please wear masks," Newsom wrote.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed that 28 people died from the virus on Tuesday, July 216. This set a new one-day record for the state just one day after breaking the previous record of 186 new deaths. Another 9448 people have tested positive for COVID-19. As of noon on July 30 local time, the total number of cases in the state was at least 461.
Florida has surpassed even New York, a former hotspot, where 29 new COVID-6 deaths were reported on Wednesday July 19th. Many intensive care units across the state have already reached or are approaching peak occupancy levels.
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The Florida Emergency Management Authority announced that all testing sites in the state will be closed Friday through Tuesday (July 31 - August 4) due to an impending tropical storm.
Authorities in Arkansas, Montana and Oregon also reported record high deaths in one day. Almost half of all states are currently in the so-called "red zone" due to surges in the incidence.
The controversy over masking and school reopening continues to rage across the country. President Trump is pushing for the reopening, announcing in early July that schools will make a "terrible decision" if they decide to continue distance learning in the fall.
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