No doubt part of this is better testing, but the experts point out thre states and the timing with re-opening
“”The surge numbers are real,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness, who is a public health analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
He said more testing will inevitably capture more positive tests, “but to deny the fact that we’re having an ongoing pandemic with continued spread is contrary to all evidence that we have and everything that we know about the behavior of the virus.”
“Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonologist and global health policy expert who is an NBC News and MSNBC contributor, said the surges are tied to people moving around more.
“The data that I’ve seen from Verizon and even Apple and Google suggest that people are moving a lot in states like California and Arizona and North Carolina, and those happen to be three of the six states where you’re seeing the biggest spike of cases,” he told NBC News.”
“Florida’s Department of Health on Friday morning confirmed a new daily record high of 1,902 additional cases of COVID-19 — surpassing the previous high of confirmed cases by 204, which was reported just a day earlier.”
“Days before Trump rally in Tulsa, city’s Whirlpool plant closes for COVID-19 outbreak
“The rise in coronavirus cases seen in about half a dozen states across the U.S. isn’t the feared “second wave” — it’s still the first, scientists and infectious disease specialists say.
To be defined as a second wave the virus would need to retreat and reappear, or a new variant would have to emerge, said Columbia University’s Ian Lipkin. “The recent increase in cases does not reflect either.”
States such as Arizona and Texas “never really got rid of the first wave,” former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.
Texas and Florida, two of the most populous U.S. states, reported record numbers of new Covid-19 infections on Sunday. The recent surge in illnesses in those states and others, including Arizona and North Carolina, has led to concern among public-health officials that reopening the economy has come at the cost of spreading the new coronavirus.
Rising infection rates could jeopardize early efforts to revitalize the economy after a period of lockdowns, which were adopted in most states to stem the virus’s spread but also crushed businesses large and small and sent unemployment soaring. The U.S. has nearly 2.1 million confirmed Covid-19 infections and more than 115,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
While it’s difficult to determine the precise cause driving the latest virus numbers, one thing is clear: Americans are moving around and interacting more than they did before. That’s likely at least in part a result of reopening policies, as well as weariness with staying home, and it poses a real threat to public health. Because the virus transmits person-to-person, experts warn that more close and in-person interactions could allow the disease to spread more easily
Task force officials out of public view as White House pivots to economic message
(CNN)Amid rising cases in 18 states and renewed concerns about coronavirus outbreaks, top task force medical experts, including coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, have remained largely out of view in recent weeks. Their absence coincides with the White House shifting of attention from addressing the health ramifications of coronavirus to reopening states and resuming campaign rallies.
If only we didn’t diagnose people with cancer… Then it would seem as if no one had cancer. Sure, many people would die without treatment, but collectively we’d all feel so much healthier. https://t.co/iVzm4E9yig
current Covid stats Florida
1,409,992 tested 94.7% tested negative 5.3% positive
death percentage from tested .21 % or 2.1 per 1000 tested
death percentage for testing positive 3.97% lowest since early May
“ As late as March 11, Gov. Ron DeSantis denied that community spread was taking place in Florida, a claim challenged by experts and in direct opposition to statements made the day before by Dr. Anthony Fauci, widely considered the federal government’s top expert on infectious disease. DeSantis did not issue a statewide stay-at-home order until April 1, when there were nearly 8,000 confirmed cases and 101 deaths.”
“ In the background, the state was collecting data that suggests much earlier community transmission — when the virus spreads with no known origin. DeSantis’ denials came three months after Florida residents with no travel history began to come down with COVID-19.”
“ This week, one day after the Herald asked DOH about the early cases, the state stopped publishing the date of symptom onset for confirmed COVID-19 patients. The existence of the cases was first reported by the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday.”
Florida — which has recently seen a spike in coronavirus cases — could become the next epicenter of the pandemic, according to a new model.
Projections revealed Wednesday in a model put together by a team of scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania indicate that the Sunshine State has “all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission,” and risks being the “worst it has ever been,” CNN reported.
The Florida Department of Health said the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 2,610 between Tuesday and Wednesday as the virus spreads and more people are tested statewide, WTVT reported.
In total, Florida has tallied 82,719 coronavirus infections — 80,676 of whom are Florida residents while 2,043 are non-Florida residents currently in the state, according to the report.
The number of deaths rose by 25 between Tuesday and Wednesday, reaching a total toll of 3,018.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has attributed the state’s recent increases to the testing of “high-risk” individuals like farmworkers in rural counties, as well as prisoners, and residents of long-term-care facilities — but he mentioned separately that long-term-care cases were flat, according to the report.
Whew thank goodness I feel better hearing from Runole
Do you exclude the Muslims in Fl because, ya know . .. . Terrorists
All your bullshit that everyone has to endure and the one person who bothers to address your bullshit spam troll thread you troll right out of the thread.
One of the sad things is that I think people like Fire are getting their news from you Mr. Cronkite. Even when there is a shred of truth burried in your garbage, inevitably you spin the crap out of the one tiny shred of truth to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.
The SCIENCE is to wear a mask for obvious reasons, so that would be the default of any logical person. The POTUS is a science denier, but worse than that hes trying to PERSONALIZE people wearing masks as a way to mock them. This is akin to a person mocking people who get on planes because . . .of course, everyone knows the world is flat . . . so they are just going to fly over the edge.
Trump actually has the mentality (and the intellect) of some of the posters here. Think about how terrifying that is . . . while projections now got o 200,000 . .. and MULTIPLE people from within his own admin raise alarm bells and the military backpedals away form him . . and his won party backs away from him
OH WAIT, YOU WERE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO SUGGESTED THE NUMBERS FROM FL WERE CREDIBLE, RIGHT?
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Anyone making COVID-19 masks a ‘political issue is an absolute moron’
“California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state order Thursday mandating citizens wear face coverings in public spaces when social distancing isn’t possible to slow the spread of coronavirus. Newsom’s requirement exempts young children, the hearing impaired and those with medical conditions.
Schwarzenegger said the decision is “100% the right move.”
“This will help us beat this terrible virus,” tweeted Schwarzenegger, the state’s governor from 2003 to 2011. “The science is unanimous – if we all wear masks, we slow down the spread and can reopen safely.”
the world puzzled by the former Shingign Light on a Hill”
“As coronavirus cases surge in states across the South and West of the United States, health experts in countries with falling case numbers are watching with a growing sense of alarm and disbelief, with many wondering why virus-stricken U.S. states continue to reopen and why the advice of scientists is often ignored.
“It really does feel like the U.S. has given up,” said Siouxsie Wiles, an infectious-diseases specialist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand – a country that has confirmed only three new cases over the last three weeks and where citizens have now largely returned to their pre-coronavirus routines.”
LINCOLN — At his regular coronavirus press conferences, Gov. Pete Ricketts makes a point of urging Nebraskans to wear a mask when they go to a store.
But when it comes to the state’s 93 courthouses and other county offices, he doesn’t want local officials to require masks. In fact, he’s told counties that they won’t receive any of the $100 million in federal COVID-19 money if their “customers” are required to wear masks.
In the last 14 days, Oregon has reported a 234.4 percentage jump in infections, Oklahoma jumped by 202 percent, Florida’s number increased by 155 percent, and Arizona’s confirmed coronavirus cases climbed by 142 percent, according to an NBC News analysis of state health department figures.
Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana and more than a dozen other states — as well as Guam and the Virgin Islands — had increases in the numbers of reported cases in the last two weeks.
“It’s basically the same reason for all these states: It was Memorial Day,” Toner said. “And in the last week of May, most states began to seriously relax community mitigation efforts.”
"Instead of dealing with Covid-19, Republican leaders and right-wing media figures have tried to make the pandemic into the kind of threat they want to talk about," writes @PaulKrugmanhttps://t.co/stSItlPonu
Who knows if Trump actually loses but there are actually articles now asking “what do we do with the 30%?”
So even if he loses he will have changed America long term because he didn’t just play to the fears of his 30% he had them all trying to mock the 70% (as silly as that is to type lol). The anti-science crowd telling the science cried they’re dumb
“ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order today that limits certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to “contain the spread of Covid-19.”
Texas is among at least 11 states seeing a 50% increase or more in cases compared to the previous week.
Here is what the order includes:
All bars that get more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 p.m. today.
These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Restaurants can remain open for dine-in service, but their capacities can not exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning on Monday.
Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of Covid-19,” Abbott said in a statement. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.”
Fauci makes a plea to all Americans. If you get it, even inadvertently, you are part of process of infection that could badly hurt or kill someone’s grandparent or a kid with leukemia. It’s not just about you. “We can either be part of the solution or part of the problem.”
(CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to make a very simple point when we talked Friday afternoon: The Democrat’s theory of how to slow the coronavirus pandemic had succeeded while President Donald Trump’s theory had failed.
Trump’s theory, and that of many Republican governors, according to Cuomo, was this: “We can reopen quickly and we can handle the virus because it will go away, or we will have a vaccine.”
Cuomo’s theory? No matter the political pressure, keep the state closed until the virus had demonstrably receded as measured by widely available testing, lowered hospitalization rates and decreased deaths.
“We tested both theories,” Cuomo told me. “We have the evidence. It’s numbers. It’s irrefutable. Why don’t we pause and recognize the undeniable reality of the situation?”
On the numbers, it’s hard to disagree. On April 9, New York had almost 10,000 coronavirus cases in a single day, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. On Friday, it had just 673 cases statewide. (Overall New York accounts for almost 400,000 of the 2.5 million cases nationally and for one quarter of the 125,039 deaths from the virus.)
“h ow did New York do it? “We had a phased reopening based on metrics,” explained Cuomo. “Factual data points.”
Cuomo says that New York now tests more people than any other state in the country and more people, per capita, than any other country in the world. The state has 700 testing sites and, on Friday alone, conducted 70,000 Covid-19 tests.
New York City, the epicenter of the original outbreak in the United States, only entered Phase I of its reopening plan on June 8 (and Phase 2 on June 22). That was months after some states — primarily clustered in the South and Southwest opened their doors in an attempt to restart the economy. Georgia went first, reopening on April 24. Texas followed on May 1, then Florida on May 4 and Arizona on May 8.
Cases in Texas, Arizona and Florida all hit record daily highs this past week. And in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was forced to pause the nation’s second most-populous state’s reopening plan amid the rising numbers.
One of the founders of ReOpen Maryland, a movement that pressured that state’s governor to end his stay-at-home order, said he is ill with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Tim Walters revealed his diagnosis in a series of Facebook videos starting Tuesday, according to the Capital Gazette. Some of the videos appear to have been deleted.
In a Facebook Live video on Thursday, Walters gave an update on his health and said he had experienced chills the day before and his fever spiked at 103. He eventually had to go to the emergency room.
“I told you guys I wasn’t feeling really well. I crashed later in the day, I had to go to the emergency room. I thought I was actually having a stroke but it turns out I have COVID,” he said. “Here we are at the end of June and I get it. It really doesn’t make sense.
Walters said his wife and son were being tested for the virus. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In another video on Friday, he said he was feeling better and cautioned people to be careful.
“If you think you had it … don’t make that assumption to the point where you’re being less prudent about how you’re behaving,” he said. “The challenge with this, all the symptoms for everybody are completely different.”
Want to know why there is an uncontrolled covid outbreak in Texas, with record number of cases, hospitalizations and (soon) deaths? Because Dan Patrick leads a death cult that Abbott, Cornyn and company are too scared to stand up to. https://t.co/gUdXEPmdCe
Houston’s medical center, largest in the world, swnding covid patients to other cities because they dont have capacity. Gov. Abbott pressuring them to hide this fact. Thanks to Miya Shay for making sure we know the truth. Science & facts must win out. https://t.co/HvnNFFdZvs