On July 1, the United States hit a record milestone, with the highest single day of coronavirus cases. According to Johns Hopkins University, 50,203 new infections were reported on Wednesday, breaking the previous record set on June 26 of 45,255. While many states in the country saw their numbers rising, five, in particular, broke their previous single-day records for new coronavirus cases—and keep reading to find out which ones.
California was one of the first states to demonstrate serious shelter-in-place policies, locking down early in Los Angeles and San Francisco. However, upon reopening they are experiencing one of the worst surges of coronavirus cases in the country. As a result, the state is starting to roll back reopening, especially in problem cities. “California is seeing the virus spreading at alarming rates in many parts of the state, and we are taking immediate action to slow the spread of the virus in those areas,” Governor Gavin Newsom said. “We bent the curve in the state of California once, and we will bend the curve again.”
Texas has been setting records the last few weeks—but not the good kind. After doing seemingly well with the virus, last week they set three straight single-day new case records. On July 1, at 5:00 pm, they topped those by reporting 8,076 new cases—the highest one-day total in Texas since the start of the pandemic. They also reported 57 new COVID-19 related deaths, making it their second-highest single-day death count.
Arizona hit high marks in almost every category, including news cases (4,878), deaths (88), ER visits and the number of people hospitalized. Intensive care units in the states are close to 90 percent capacity. Vice President Mike Pence visited the state on Wednesday, granting Gov. Doug Ducey a request for an additional 500 health care workers. “We’ve already responded with 62 medical personnel arrived this week in Tucson, but the governor conveyed to us an additional request of another 500 personnel and I’ve instructed the acting secretary of homeland security to move out immediately on providing the additional nurses and doctors and technical personnel,” Pence said.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,843 cases of the virus—an all-time high since the start of the pandemic. Their number went up significantly since the day before, when just 1,186 cases were reported. Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper slowed the state’s reopening plan last week, extending Phase Two, which involves keeping some businesses — including bars and gyms — closed and continues to limit gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
Georgia was one of the first states to reopen, which clearly had a major impact on their coronavirus crisis. On Wednesday, July 1, the state reported nearly 3,000 new cases of coronavirus breaking records set earlier in the week. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Gov. Brian Kemp have been clashing on their stance against the virus since the start. “We were one of the first states to open up, and so I think opening up so aggressively, we’re now paying for it on the back-end,” she said during an interview with MSNBC.
Louisiana has been experiencing a rapid resurgence of COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday they reported their largest number of new cases—2,083—since cases peaked on April 4 when the pandemic was first ravaging the country. Stay-at-home orders quelled infections, but reopening has taken a toll. Gov. John Bel Edwards plans on tightening restrictions due to the new surge. “This disease is coming back and it’s coming back with a vengeance,” state Health Officer Jimmy Guidry exclaimed. “We better start getting serious.” As for yourself: Wear a face mask when in public, practice social distancing, don’t enter indoor rooms with people you aren’t self-isolating with, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.