“At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned Friday in a information launch.
That adopted Florida reporting one more report of recent instances — nearly 9,000 in simply someday.
Sixty-four counties in Florida had been in Phase 2, which allowed eating places, bars, and different distributors licensed to promote alcoholic drinks, excluding nightclubs, to operated bars.
“Something’s not working,” Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned of the nation’s present method.
Overnight, Arizona and New Mexico joined Texas and eight different states in pausing their reopening plans.
The developments mark a “heartbreaking situation” that calls for stricter actions instantly, mentioned Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
“We have to save lives at this point,” he advised CNN on Friday morning, earlier than Abbott’s order.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler mentioned Covid-19 beds will likely be at capability in the midst of July at this price.
“Pausing will not make things better,” Adler advised CNN on Friday. “We need to do something that’s different than that. The status quo will not protect us.”
“Every epidemiologist was telling, screaming as loud as we could, that three weeks after Memorial Day, we’d have a peak in the cases, and five weeks after Memorial Day we’d begin to see a peak in hospitalizations and deaths,” epidemiologist Larry Brilliant advised CNN on Thursday evening.
“If you let everybody out without face masks and without social distancing in the middle of a pandemic, this is what was predicted.”
And whereas greater than 2.four million instances have been recognized nationwide for the reason that pandemic began, the quantity of people that have been contaminated is prone to be 10 occasions as excessive. Antibody checks present greater than 20 million folks have been contaminated with coronavirus, most of them with out figuring out it, mentioned Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Antibody checks look at an individual’s blood for indicators that the immune system responded to an an infection. Federal officers have been conducting such checks nationwide to find out how many individuals had previous undiagnosed infections.
“A good rough estimate now is 10 to 1,” Redfield mentioned.
Between 5% and eight% of Americans have been contaminated with the coronavirus, with the numbers various by area. New York, as soon as the epicenter of the pandemic, may have the next share of individuals with previous infections than some states within the West, Redfield mentioned.
That means 90% or extra haven’t been contaminated and are inclined to the virus, highlighting the necessity to act aggressively to fight rising an infection charges, he mentioned.
Some instances went unnoticed partly as a result of testing was at first restricted to individuals who had been very ailing, Redfield mentioned. As extra folks get examined, he added, it is clear a big share had gentle signs or none in any respect.
“Pool testing” mixes a number of folks’s virus check samples right into a batch, or pool, after which checks the pooled pattern as soon as. If it comes again detrimental, then all folks within the batch could be eradicated directly. If the result’s optimistic, every individual’s pattern will get analyzed individually.
The mass screening proposal remains to be within the dialogue stage and isn’t anticipated to be introduced on the process power briefing later Friday, Fauci advised CNN.
States postpone reopening plans
Coronavirus has killed greater than 124,000 folks within the United States, and confirmed instances are surging in a majority of the nation.
So far, 32 states are reporting a rise in new coronavirus instances this week as in comparison with the prior week. Eleven of them report a 50% enhance or higher. They embody Montana, Idaho, Vermont, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi.
“I would recommend it. I don’t see a downside,” Suarez advised CNN on Friday, noting the state’s pandemic is “four times more intense than it was in March.”
Going with out a masks in public in Miami may convey a effective of as much as $500 for repeat offenders.
Of a doable stay-at-home order, Suarez mentioned, “All options are on the table.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey mentioned at a information convention Thursday, “It’s growing, and it’s growing fast across all age groups and demographics. Anyone can get this virus, and anyone can spread this virus.”
Arizona well being officers reported new instances topping 3,000 as of final week, a tempo that might quickly overwhelm hospital intensive care amenities, the governor mentioned. “We expect that our numbers will be worse next week and the week following,” Ducey mentioned.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott paused any further phases to reopen because the state recorded practically 6,000 Covid-19 instances Thursday.
“It’s pretty dire,” Hotez mentioned.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis additionally indicated his state wouldn’t be shifting to chill out current restrictions. So did Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, who mentioned the state is placing further financial reopening plans on maintain.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a finances emergency to unlock $16 billion to struggle the pandemic. The state’s hospitals have seen a 32% enhance in sufferers with coronavirus over the previous two weeks, he mentioned.
US Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-California and a physician, says many counties reopened too rapidly.
“At least in my county, Riverside County, indeed they opened the economy too early,” Ruiz mentioned on Friday. “The counties that you’re seeing with the rate of transmission and the higher rise are the counties that opened too early.”
The checklist of most susceptible is up to date
At the start of the pandemic, well being specialists did not deal with youthful folks as a result of the precedence was the older inhabitants and people with underlying well being circumstances.
With the rising numbers, some states are warning that the virus is affecting a wider vary of individuals. More youthful folks testing optimistic is a “smoldering fire” that may hit susceptible populations, mentioned Erin Bromage, a CNN medical analyst and a biology professor on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Meanwhile, federal well being officers up to date the checklist of who’s most prone to extreme issues from Covid-19.
The CDC added gentle weight problems to a listing that features the aged, folks with lung or kidney illness, and people with diabetes. People with reasonable to extreme bronchial asthma are additionally at greater threat together with pregnant ladies, the CDC mentioned. Those with heart problems, persistent kidney illness and persistent obstructive pulmonary illness are additionally at greater threat, the CDC’s Dr. Jay Butler mentioned.
So are these with circumstances corresponding to sickle cell illness, poorly managed HIV an infection, bone marrow transplants or an organ transplant.
The CDC additionally eliminated the particular age threshold, saying it is not simply these over age 65 who’re at elevated threat for extreme sickness.
CNN’s Maggie Fox, Jen Christensen, Jennifer Henderson and Jamiel Lynch contributed to this report.