The Florida Department of Health has reported at least 15,299 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number of new cases in a single day from any state since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Saturday’s record number was reported by the state on Sunday morning.
But it is not just the number of new cases that concern. The test positivity rate – which may indicate the rampant spread of the virus – hit 19.6% on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Across the country, more than half of the states have been dealing with an increase in new case rates since last week. And more than half of the states have paused or canceled their reopening plans in hopes of keeping coronavirus under control.
Now, some state and local leaders are at odds over what to do next.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp slammed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision to bring the city back to phase 1, stating that it was “mere orientation – non-binding and legally unenforceable.”
“As clearly stated in my executive orders, no local action can be more or less restrictive and this rule applies across the state,” tweeted Kemp.
Phase 1 means that residents must stay home except for essential travel. The mayor defended his decision, saying that the state recklessly reopened and that the Georgians “were suffering the consequences”. It also indicated higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths, both locally and statewide.
In Florida, American representative Donna Shalala said places like Miami are approaching closure for the second time.
“This is an American tragedy,” he said. “It’s out of control across the state because our governor won’t even tell everyone to wear masks,” he said.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told CNN on Sunday that the city’s hospitals are reaching full capacity.
Nearly 1,900 Covid-19 patients in Miami Beach were hospitalized, with 400 in intensive care and 200 on ventilators, Gelber said.
“We will have to start moving normal beds into intensive care beds,” said Gelber. “At this point we are clearly tense.”
The mayor said he was frustrated by the response from federal and state governments to combat the spread of the virus.
“There is a total disconnection between what’s happening and what’s being said by Washington and even Tallahassee, unfortunately, and what’s happening in some of these communities right here,” said Gelber.
Governor Ron DeSantis did not implement a mask mandate across the state, saying the state “stabilized where we are” last week. But he suggested that Florida will stop at the next reopening phase, saying “we want to reduce this positivity rate.”
Across the country, over 3.2 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 135,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
How the states are doing
At least 33 states are seeing higher rates of new cases than the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
These 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 stationary: Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming.
Three states report falling rates of new infections: Delaware, Maine and New Jersey
Other cases come after the July 4th holidays
A new analysis of cell phone data on 10 coronavirus hotspots suggests that more people traveled during the July 4th holidays than on Memorial Day weekend. And mobility is one of the drivers of virus transmission, experts said.
The analysis comes from data from Cuebiq, one of the private companies used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track general movements in the United States.
It included data from the areas of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Dallas, Texas; Phoenix; Orlando, Miami and Tampa, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and Atlanta. Travelers tended to visit cities in their state or region, but some traveled further.
The trips arrive despite the guidance of health officials who have urged Americans to skip traditional celebrations, adding that residents who may feel well may also be carriers of the virus.
But that advice didn’t register with some Michigan party attendees, who tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a lake party in Rapid City.
The Northwest Michigan health department said other state health officials reported that several people were positive “after attending the celebrations at the Torch Lake sandbank during the July 4th holidays,” he said. the department on Friday.
“The positive cases have not been able to offer identifying information for all potential contacts and therefore we want to raise public awareness that those who participated may be at risk of exposure,” said the health department.
In Phoenix, Mayor Kate Gallego told CBS on Sunday “Face the Nation” that her city had over 20% positivity rates and set records for ventilator use among Covid-19 patients.
“Our health workers are telling us that they are already tired and worried that there may be additional growth after July 4th,” said the mayor, a Democrat.
The heated debate around the school openings
President Donald Trump announced last week that he is pressuring governors to reopen schools. And this made doctors nervous – not only for the safety of students, but for the health of teachers and their families.
“There are a considerable number of states that are emerging in the cases.” said Dr. Uché Blackstock, emergency room physician and chief executive officer of Advancing Health Equity.
“(It is) definitely not safe to open schools until we have the case load at a decent level. And this won’t happen anytime soon. So we can actually reduce the risk probably by setting up remote learning as probably mandatory for most school districts at this point. “
Despite a wave of cases and concerns from educators, the Florida education department has announced that it will request schools to reopen this fall.
Other state leaders have stopped announcing any changes, but some local decisions have rejected the start of the autumn semesters.
The CDC has published guidelines for parents and administrators, although the director of the CDC, dr. Robert Redfield said the decision for the safest course is ultimately up to the districts.
But internal CDC documents warned that the complete reopening of K-12 schools and universities would represent the “highest risk” for the spread of the virus, according to a report from the New York Times. The 69-page document obtained by the Times marked “For internal use only” was among the materials for federal public health response teams deployed in coronavirus hotspots.
While children rarely suffer from severe complications from Covid-19, they can become vectors for the virus in their communities. And some have developed a condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
On Sunday, South Carolina reported two new cases of MIS-C in children under the age of 10.
MIS-C appears to develop two to six weeks after a Covid-19 infection and primarily affects children who were previously healthy. Symptoms can include stomach pain, vomiting, fever and rash.
“We continue to see more and more young people, especially those under the age of 20, who contract and spread COVID-19, and we know that MIS-C is a threat to our young southern Carolinians,” said the epidemiologist State Dr. Linda Bell in a press release.
“MIS-C is a serious health complication related to COVID-19 and is one more reason why we need to stop the spread of this virus,” said Bell.
“Everyone and everyone is sensitive to COVID-19 and the health risks associated with it, which is why we all have to stop the virus by wearing a mask and stay one meter away from others. These simple actions are like protecting ourselves and others. , including our children. “
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Hollie Silverman, Sheena Jones, Chuck Johnston, Rosa Flores, Jen Christensen, Randi Kaye, Amanda Watts, Mitch McCluskey and Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this report.