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New Coronavirus Cases 'Accelerating' In These States

The COVID-19 pandemic numbers continue to add up and cases are expected to increase with states now reopening. Most had feared that the plans to reopen could worsen the situation as the world anxiously awaits for a coronavirus cure. Over the United States, some territories have started to show accelerating cases. A total of 14 states along with neighboring borders have registered new infections, some experiencing even bigger numbers with COVID-19 measures relaxed in some regions.

Around 14 states as well as the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico have reported the highest seven-day averages since the pandemic broke out. The states affected include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. As most had feared, the new numbers are a cause of concern even though hardest-hit regions like New York have shown retreating numbers. A lot of the cases have affected rural areas and smaller regions based on data revealed by the Washington Post.

In Texas, 1,935 people are now hospitalized related to COVID-19 based on figures released Monday. This was a notable increase from the 1,888 reported back on May 5. The largest number of new infections in Dallas was registered Thursday at 285. No numbers were given but the same rising figures are also plaguing Houston.

Over in Florida, there were 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus for the fifth day compared to the previous week. The 1,413 cases reported are the highest since March. California was not spared from rising cases as well. There was a noted 40 percent increase in cases last week, believed to be a result of various establishments easing travel restrictions and beaches now reopening.

Arizona has shown the largest jump in COVID-19 cases in the country with numbers breaking previous records. Their numbers continue to rise on four separate occasions in the past weeks. And the numbers could rise even more with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey increasing COVID-19 testing and with reopening measures continuing.

COVID-19 and restaurant reopening Health experts said that people should continue practicing social distancing and other safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in restaurants and bars. Pixabay

Despite the rise in new cases, the U.S. has shown a decline in new COVID-19 cases from 30,000 to 20,000. But this is attributed to the improving numbers in states hit hard by the coronavirus such as New York and New Jersey. U.S. President Donald Trump has left it up to individual states to handle their pandemic situation even with the alarming return of numbers. Reopening remains a concern for most with health experts feeling this may only worsen efforts to curb down COVID-19 cases and deaths.

"People feel they have done distancing and they are thirsting to get outside and connect with each other. If this surge requires us taking a step back, how do we convince people to do that? I feel we’ve made five steps forward and now maybe one step back," Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, said.

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