It’s natural to have a sense of pride and joy whenever your state breaks a record. Unfortunately, there are some records you don’t want to break. What will these states decide to do?
Florida, Texas and Arizona set records for new COVID-19 cases, and more than a dozen other states are also reporting big jumps in the number of cases as much of the country reopens after months of quarantine. https://t.co/3CdqDmQuAE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 18, 2020
Texas, Arizona, and Florida have all seen record numbers of COVID-19 cases this week. So, what does that mean for the residents of these states?
Well according to the governors, they don’t plan on shutting down. Florida Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, expressed his state needs to move forward and society needs to function.
The Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, says his state is better prepared for the virus than it was in March or April. He stated that Texas will not be seeing a second shutdown either. Gov. Abbott continued saying there was an explanation for the spike in cases. He explained “it could be Memorial Day celebrations. It could be bar settings.”
Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey (R), has received a letter signed by 700 medical providers expressing their concerns. The letter asked the governor to mandate the use of masks in public, otherwise, hospitals may become overwhelmed.
Ducey stated on Wednesday that he is in favor of the masks and would like to see all of his citizens wearing them in public. Ducey also mentioned that the increase in cases could be from increased testing.
States where cases continue to rise include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Idaho. The states of Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming have all seen increases in cases as well.
These increased numbers of cases likely stem from increased testing coupled with the large public protests and riots. Regardless of the cause, COVID-19 is on the rise again, which poses a real problem.
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