Governors in Washington, California, Florida, and Texas are reverting to some of their discovery plans as coronavirus cases are growing in over 30 US states, according to a CNBC analysis compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
As of Sunday, new Covid-19 cases jumped by at least 5% over the previous week in 37 states across the country, based on a seven-day moving average, according to Johns Hopkins. These states include California, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Nevada.
The number of new daily cases of Covid-19 across the country jumped 42% over the past week to an average of 38,200 on Sunday, based on a seven-day moving average.
The number of global Covid-19 cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, with the United States reporting about a quarter of cases. Coronavirus has already killed over half a million people around the world.
Public health officials also closely monitor hospitalization, which may indicate the severity of the outbreak in the area. These data are usually lagging behind new cases, because it may take several weeks before the patient becomes sick enough to require hospitalization.
As of Sunday, Covid-19’s hospital admissions were growing in 20 states, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by the Covid Tracking Project, an independent volunteer organization set up by journalists in the Atlantic.
On Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsome ordered state bars to close in several counties as the coronavirus shows signs of acceleration, including in Los Angeles. According to John Hopkins, the national average of the number of new cases of Covid-19 in seven days increased by more than 40% compared with the previous week.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state is becoming stronger,” – said in a written statement to Newsom. “That is why it is very important that we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the districts where the highest growth is observed.”
Newsom has left state municipalities to decide whether they are ready to resume certain parts of their economy after more rural districts report several cases of Covid-19.
In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed tweeted Friday that she would delay Monday’s reopening of the city, including nail salons, hairdressers, and open-air bars, citing a recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
“Yesterday we observed 103 cases. On June 15, when we first opened the restaurant in the open air and in the store, we had 20, ”Breed wrote on Twitter.
On Saturday, Washington Governor Jay Insley also postponed reopening in eight of the 39 state districts that were planning to move forward.
“Growing incidents across the state and concerns about the continued spread of the COVID virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean the absence of any restrictions that are not currently possible,” according to a state order from Insley and John Wisman, Washington’s Secretary of Health.
Phase 4 Washington Discovery Plan will resume all recreational activities and will allow to collect more than 50 people in accordance with the state plan. It would also allow people at high risk of a serious illness to resume social interaction with physical distance. At the fourth stage, the county will also be allowed to open its nightclubs, concert venues and major sports events.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that he will cancel some plans to open the state, close bars and reduce the capacity for indoor dinners, among other modifications and closures.
According to John Hopkins, in seven days in Texas, the number of new cases of Covid-19 increased by more than 52% compared with the previous week.
“As I said from the start, if the positive rate rises above 10%, Texas will take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a press release.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation also announced on Twitter Friday that the state is stopping on-site consumption in bars. Governor Ron DeSantis allowed the opening of bars with modifications in early June after closing them for two months.
On Saturday, Florida announced the second day of record new cases of coronavirus, recording more than 9,000 additional cases. According to John Hopkins, as of Sunday, the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases in the state more than doubled from a week ago.
Cases in Arizona continued to hit record highs over the weekend. The state reported 3,858 additional cases on Sunday, a new high since the outbreak began, according to the State Department of Health.
On Thursday, Governor Doug Ducey said that if the plan to open Arizona was a traffic light, he would be in a “yellow” or “profitable” position.
“To act with caution, go slower, look both ways,” he said. “This virus is everywhere – it’s probably now in this room – and the actions you take as a citizen will matter.”
According to Duchi, state hospitals are experiencing additional stress, and they “can reach peak loads very soon.”
– CNBC Nate Rattner, William Foyer and Emma Newburger contributed to this report.