With COVID-19 in the headlines, you have a right to be worried about not just catching coronavirus—but dying from it. “Amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases nationally, the CDC said it expects to see coronavirus-related deaths increase in 11 states through July 24,” reports Scripps Media. “The CDC said these 11 states will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks. The rest of the country should see either the same or fewer deaths related to the coronavirus over the next four weeks. The CDC projects that 11,000 to 31,000 Americans will die from the coronavirus between now and July 24.” Read on to see which 11 states made the list—and see if yours is on it.
“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday that the state needed an additional 500 health care workers as the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to set records there,” reports Yahoo! News. “We did hear in the briefing today of the need for personnel,” Pence said at a news conference following his meeting with Ducey. The state has 87,495 cases and 1,765 deaths.
“Arkansas reported 878 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the most the state has seen in a single-day since the pandemic began,” reports KY3. “The state says more than 7,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the state had seen a decline in cases for a few days prior to Thursday, which more than doubled Wednesday’s new cases.” The state has 22.075 cases and 279 deaths.
“Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started,” according to Reuters. “In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. The percent of tests coming back positive has skyrocketed to 15% from 4% at the end of May. Florida, with 21 million residents, has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.” The state has a whopping 169,000 cases and 3,616 deaths.
“Ada County reported 107 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, possibly causing it to take another step back in Idaho’s reopening plan,” reports the Idaho Statesman. “The district’s other counties—Boise, Elmore and Valley—remain in Stage 4.” The state has 6,688 cases and 93 deaths.
“Whether it’s downtown Las Vegas or the Strip, you’ll notice signs wanting you to get the message: mask up in Nevada,” reports News 3 Las Vegas. “Despite the all-out-blitz, not everyone is wanting—or willing—to wear one. Since Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mask mandate went into effect on June 26, the DIR has conducted 259 initial field observations across the state in establishments like nail salons, grocery stores, gyms, and retail establishments. During these initial surveys, 85.3% of businesses were found to be in compliance. The rest were not.” The state has 19,871 cases and 525 deaths.
“Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt has signed a new COVID-19 emergency response proclamation that requires food service employees to wear face coverings and limits bar seating,” reports KFOR. “Holt signed the new proclamation Thursday and it will be in effect July 3 through July 17, according to a City of Oklahoma City news release.” The state has 14,539 cases and 395 deaths.
“Portland bars and restaurants were among the last businesses in the state allowed to reopen. They could also be the first to close if COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Multnomah County,” reports Willamette Weekly. “On June 29, Gov. Brown warned she would issue last call if people didn’t obey her statewide directive to wear masks.”
“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing,” Brown said. “If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public.” The state has 9,300 cases and 211 deaths.
“Greenville County led the state with new 246 cases Thursday, followed by Charleston County with 244,” reports Greenville News. “Myrtle Beach will now require face masks be worn in public places following weeks of coronavirus cases rising significantly in both South Carolina and Horry County,” says Myrtle Beach Online. The state has 39,701 cases and 784 deaths.
“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday requiring residents across the state to wear a face-covering in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive Covid-19 cases as the outbreak rapidly spreads across the Lone Star state,” reports CNBC. “Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a press release. The state has 182,000 cases and 2,562 deaths.
“As Utah tops 10,000 active coronavirus cases for the first time, doctors are warning residents to try their best to limit their exposure to the virus during the Fourth of July weekend,” reports the Salt Lake Tribune. “Based on our experience with Memorial Day and the clear fatigue that we’re sensing in the community, I think it’s unrealistic to expect that we will see dramatic changes in behavior,” said Dr. Brandon Webb, an infectious disease specialist at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. The state has 23,466 cases and 176 deaths.
“Wyoming’s current public health orders will be extended through July 15 as the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state continues to steadily increase, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Monday,” reports KTVQ. “Twenty-five percent of Wyoming’s total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the past two weeks, with 288 new cases confirmed since the current orders went into effect on June 15.” The state has 1,550 cases and 20 deaths.
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