St. Petersburg, Florida – The alarming increases in the number of coronavirus cases in the southern and western United States raised fears this Monday that the outbreak is spiraling out of control and that the Hard-won progress against the epidemic is getting out of hand due to the resistance of many Americans to wearing face masks and keeping their distance from others.
Confirming predictions that lifting state confinements could lead to a rebound in the virus, cases exceeded 100,000 in Florida hospitalizations are increasing sharply in Houston, and one in five people who have been screened in Arizona are infected.
Over the weekend the coronavirus seemed to be everywhere at the same time: six staff members who were helping to organize the President Donald Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklah oma tested positive, as did 23 American football players from Clemson University in South Carolina. At least 30 members of the Louisiana State University team were quarantined after becoming infected or coming into contact with someone who was. Some meat packers were also affected by outbreaks.
“It is growing like a snowball. We are surely going to see more people die from this rebound, ”said Dr. Marc Boom, CEO and President of Houston Methodist Hospital, who noted that the number of hospital admissions for COVID-19 was It has tripled more than 1,400 since Memorial Day in Wars in eight hospital systems in the greater Houston area.
He predicted that in three weeks hospitals could be overcrowded, and begged people to cover up the face and maintain social distancing.
“It is possible to reopen at a judicious pace and coexist with the virus, but this requires millions and millions of people to do the right thing. Now we don't have that. " because people have let their guard down, Boom noted.
Texas is one of several states – along with Arizona, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina – whose governors have resisted implementing guidelines to state level to wear masks, leaving the decision to local authorities.
The number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases across the country per day has reached more than 26,000, compared to approximately 21,000 two weeks ago, according to an analysis of The Associated Press to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. More than 120,000 deaths in the United States have been attributed to the virus, the highest death toll in the world.
In the state of Georgia, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 rose to 1,000, which has eliminated the one-month progress.
Infections are at their highest level since the outbreak began, nearly two weeks after the state began lifting restrictions on commercial activities. Governor Brian Kemp has required waiters, barbers, and other workers who work face-to-face with customers to wear face masks, but has largely left it to businesses to decide whether customers should wear face masks.
In Orlando, 152 Coronavirus cases were linked to a bar near the University of Central Florida facilities, said Dr. Raul Pino, a state health official in that city.
"Many infections occurred there," said Pino. "People are very close. People are not wearing face masks. People are drinking, screaming, dancing, sweating, kissing and hugging, all the things that happen in bars. And all those things that happen are not good to (combat) COVID-19. ”