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Public health officials attributed the rise in cases at least partially to the social interactions allowed in many states.
22 states report rise in COVID-19, including Oklahoma
An additional 55 deaths brought the number of fatalities from COVID-19 to 2,993, the state Health Department reported.
Florida has been on a two-week upswing in cases that corresponds with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ expanded economic reopening of the state and an increase in the daily number of tests conducted for the virus.
The state has administered almost 1.5 million tests, about 5.5% of which proved positive for coronavirus. Though that positivity level began to decline during May, it has ticked slightly upward most days since DeSantis pushed the state further open June 5, except in South Florida counties where the disease has been most prevalent.
Florida has had 15 straight days of an additional 1,000-plus daily cases, with an unprecedented more than 2,000 daily cases reported Saturday and Sunday before the latest record.
Though public health officials attributed the rise in cases at least partially to the social interactions allowed in many states, DeSantis cited more clustered outbreaks as a driver in his state.
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He’s not the only governor seeking to reassure his state. Texas saw 3,358 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, a record high.
Gov. Greg Abbott aimed to put the increase in perspective, attributing the numbers to certain counties reporting large batches of tests all at once, particularly from prisons and assisted living centers, which can skew statewide numbers.
He gave no indication that the increase in cases and hospitalizations would slow the pace of reopening the state’s economy.
Roughly 2,500 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Texas on Tuesday, the fifth day in a row the state has seen a record number of hospitalizations.
Despite the state’s sharp increase in hospitalizations from a month earlier, Abbott said there are 14,993 treatment beds available statewide, so “that’s really a very small percentage of all the beds that are available.”
Texas Democrats accused the Republican governor of mismanaging the pandemic response.
“This is a direct result of Gov. Abbott’s weak and reckless leadership,” state party spokesman Abhi Rahman said.
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Most businesses in the state are allowed to operate at 50% capacity – 75% for restaurants – but videos of crowded bars in Austin made headlines, and multiple parks were closed over Memorial Day weekend because of overcrowding.
Arizona reported a record-high 2,341 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday marking the first time the state has reported more than 2,000 new cases in a single day, according to state data.
Inpatient beds for people with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 hit a record number Monday: 1,506 inpatients,
according to hospital data reported to the state
and posted on its website Tuesday.
ICU beds in use, ventilators in use and emergency department visits for COVID-19 all reached record levels Monday as well.
In a briefing last week, Gov. Doug Ducey focused on hospital capacity, saying that although positive COVID-19 cases have been increasing, Arizona’s hospitals are prepared to handle more patients.
Ducey blamed”misinformation” about hospitals, which he said are doing fine.
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