California, Arizona, Florida, Texas report record spikes in coronavirus cases

California, Arizona, Florida, Texas report record spikes in coronavirus cases

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Arizona, Florida, California, South Carolina and Texas all reported record-high single-day boosts in coronavirus cases on Thursday as states continue to increase screening and the infection reaches brand-new neighborhoods. 

Arizona health authorities reported 2,519 validated cases on Thursday, going beyond the previous single-day high of 2,392 reported on Tuesday. Florida authorities revealed 3,207 brand-new cases Thursday early morning, shattering the state’s previous single-day high of 2,783 brand-new cases likewise reported on Tuesday. California authorities reported Thursday 4,084 brand-new cases that were validated on Wednesday. 

South Carolina authorities reported 987 brand-new cases Thursday afternoon, bringing the overall variety of validated cases in the state to 21,533 and marking another all-time high single-day boost. Texas reported 3,516 brand-new cases Thursday night, topping the previous record of 3,129 reported on Wednesday. 

The record-setting numbers come in the middle of a continuous tide of brand-new infections and increasing hospitalizations reported amongst a variety of states throughout the American South and West. Some states now seeing an increase in infections were amongst the very first and most aggressive to resume.


New cases have actually increased quickly in Arizona and some healthcare facilities are nearing capability. The state reported a record-number of clients in ICU beds on Thursday, accounting for 84% of the state’s capability.

On Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey resolved the current rise and revealed brand-new policies that enable regional authorities to need that locals use masks in public and in services after a variety of health experts composed a public letter asking the Republican guv to do so.

In making the statement, the guv likewise acknowledged that the infection is spreading out quicker than is appropriate. He had actually formerly stated that authorities anticipated cases to increase after the state alleviated limitations and resumed services on May 15.

“I said two weeks ago that there is not a trend here,” Ducey stated Wednesday night while providing a chart of everyday brand-new cases throughout the state. “Looking at the last two weeks of data, there is a trend. And the trend is headed in the wrong direction and the actions we’re going to take are intended to change that direction and reverse this trend.”

Ducey asked Arizonans to practice social distancing and suggested they use a mask. He likewise revealed strategies to continue to increase screening along with contact tracing, a procedure where health authorities call contaminated individuals and attempt to recognize the source of infection along with other individuals who may have been contaminated.

Ducey likewise stated the state is keeping an eye on Santa Cruz and Yuma counties, which are along the state’s southern border with Mexico, due to the fact that they are “areas of significant spread,” he stated. Most brand-new cases are originating from Maricopa County, which is the state’s most populated and city county, Ducey stated. But he stated Santa Cruz and Yuma counties have the greatest percent of individuals checking favorable, with 31% and 20% of all tests returning favorable in both counties, respectively.

“We want to slow and contain the spread,” he stated Wednesday. “We have successfully slowed the spread of Covid-19 in the past. We’re going to successfully slow Covid-19 again.”


Florida’s brand-new cases reported Thursday bring the state’s overall to 85,926, according to information from the Florida Department of Health. The information likewise reveals that a minimum of 3,061 individuals have actually passed away of Covid-19 in Florida since Thursday.

Florida was amongst the very first states to resume, with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis enabling most dining establishments and shops to open with minimal capability on May 4. The populous Miami-Dade and Broward counties did not resume till May 18. On June 5, the majority of the state moved deeper into resuming, enabling more shops to resume along with for health clubs and some shops to run at complete capability. 

Earlier today, after the state reported the previous record single-day boost in infections, DeSantis stated the state would not reimplement more limitations.

“We’re not shutting down. We’re going to go forward … We’re not rolling back,” the guv stated at a news rundown Tuesday. “You have to have society function.”

DeSantis kept in mind Tuesday that the typical age of those who evaluate favorable has actually fallen from 65.5 years of ages in March to 37 in June. He stated that’s proof that the state is effectively safeguarding its most susceptible from infection because the infection is most likely to trigger extreme illness in the senior. 

On Tuesday, DeSantis associated the boost in cases a minimum of partially to increased screening. The variety of tests being run every day has actually increased throughout the nation and in Florida. However, the percent of individuals checked who show up favorable has actually likewise increased in Florida, doubling because early June. 

DeSantis on Tuesday likewise associated a few of the boost in cases to clusters that he stated have actually been traced back to farm employees. He pointed out a cluster at a farm in the state’s northern Alachua County where he stated a contaminated migrant employee who had actually originated from Miami spread out the infection. He stated that thick living conditions amongst farm employees might be spreading out the infection.

“Some of these guys go to work in a school bus, and they are all just packed there like sardines, going across Palm Beach County or some of these other places, and there’s all these opportunities to have transmission,” he stated.

He likewise pointed out a break out at a commercial factory in main Florida, another at an airport along with one at a prison in Lake County beyond Orlando. He included that the state will continue to attempt to safeguard its senior population, particularly in retirement home and helped living centers.


Total validated cases in Texas are now nearing 100,000 as Thursday’s record boost brings the overall to 99,851. On top of the greatest single-day spike in cases, the state reported a boost in hospitalizations too. There are now 2,947 individuals inhabiting healthcare facility beds throughout the state, according to information from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. 

In a news rundown on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott guaranteed the general public that there is “no reason today to be alarmed.” He stressed that the variety of occupied beds is just a little portion of overall beds readily available in the state which healthcare facilities can transfer to rise capability at any time.

The guv likewise associated the current spike in cases mostly to increased screening of Texas’ jail population. However, he did acknowledge that a few of the boost has actually most likely been because of individuals not practicing social distancing, especially in “bar-type settings.”

“We think we can also accurately say there has been an increase — especially beginning around the Memorial Day time period and going through a few weeks after that — an increase in people testing positive because they may not be practicing all these safe standards,” Abbott stated Tuesday.

Texas was another state amongst the very first to resume. Abbott permitted the stay-at-home order to end on April 30 and by May 1, all shops, dining establishments, theater and shopping malls were permitted to resume with adjustments.

And while the guv has actually motivated locals to use face masks, he signed an executive order that avoids regional authorities from lawfully implementing mask using. Mayors from the states biggest cities composed a letter to the guv previously today requesting for the power “to set rules and regulations on the use of face coverings in each of our cities.”


Thursday marks the very first time California has actually reported more than 4,000 brand-new cases in a single day. The statement brings the overall variety of validated infections in the state to 161,099. At least 5,290 individuals in California have actually passed away due to Covid-19, according to the state’s information.

Most of California’s brand-new cases originated from Los Angeles County, which reported 2,115. The state included that the single-day record was sustained by 600 favorable test results that can be found in “from an earlier testing period.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was the very first in the country to reveal statewide limitations on motion and services due to the coronavirus. Starting May 12, Newsom permitted dining establishments and some shops to resume in counties that fulfilled specific requirements connected to the state of the regional break out.

However, on May 18, Newsom revealed that he was unwinding the requirements counties were needed to satisfy in order to move into the next stage of resuming.

At a news rundown on Monday, Newsom associated the increase in general cases to increased screening. He included that the percent of individuals checking favorable has actually stayed steady at around 4.5% for more than a month.

South Carolina

In revealing the record-high spike in South Carolina, state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell pleaded with the general public to practice social distancing and use masks.

“There is no vaccine for COVID-19. There are only individual behaviors and actions we must all maintain that help stop its spread,” she stated in a declaration. “This virus does not spread on its own. It’s spread around our state by infected people who carry it wherever they go – their work, the supermarket, the post office, a friend’s house.”

Data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reveals that the portion of individuals who are checking favorable for the coronavirus has actually increased from 5.7% on June 4 to 14.4% on Wednesday. More than 70% of healthcare facility beds in the state are presently in usage, according to the state.

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster was amongst the last to carry out a stay-at-home order and among the very first to end it on May 4. But he started to enable some services to resume with limitations even previously, on April 20. 

Amid the current spike, the state is continuing to increase screening and working to make it more available to the state’s population, the health department stated. 

“Healthy people may feel they are resistant to the virus, may feel that even if they contract it, they’ll have mild symptoms and feel better in a few days,” Bell stated. “This may be true for some – but it’s also true that we are seeing hospitalizations and deaths in those who were previously healthy and in almost every age group.”

‘Cusp of losing control’

Earlier Thursday, previous Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb informed CNBC that some states now seeing a revival in cases are “on the cusp of losing control.”

“These are outbreaks. We’re seeing doubling times now falling under 10 days,” Gottlieb stated on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “These are on the cusp of getting out of control. I think these states still have a week or two to take actions to try to get these under control.”

He included that he’s worried about “the lack of political will” for authorities to continue to carry out tested interventions like social distancing and mask using.

“I’m more concerned than I was three weeks ago heading into the fall,” he stated. “Unless we get comfortable taking some common sense measures, where we can, some limited measures, we’re going to be stuck with a lot more spread.”

— Graphics by CNBC’s Nate Rattner

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