New cases have declined in places such as Illinois, Michigan, New York and Washington — states that recorded higher infection rates in the first wave of the U.S. outbreak. But a new wave has emerged, largely in states that previously had lower rates of infection. Cases in states such as Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah have been on the rise since just before Memorial Day, when many states started to ease stay-at-home restrictions. The same states have also had a rise in hospitalizations at the same time.
More than 7.4 million cases and 416,000 deaths have been reported worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Here are some significant developments:
- Texas and 10 other states reached new seven-day rolling average highs for new coronavirus cases on Thursday. Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, reported its highest covid-19 hospital population ever.
- President Trump and senior White House officials sought to calm fears about the nation’s economy on Thursday, when the Dow Jones industrial average skidded 1,861 points and unemployment figures showed 1.5 million workers filed jobless claims last week.
- The Republican National Committee announced that Trump’s renomination speech and other convention festivities will move to Jacksonville, Fla., from Charlotte, after the original site refused to go along with Trump’s demands for a crowded large-scale event amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Migrant farmworkers are especially vulnerable to exposure and infection because they live and work in cramped conditions, warn advocacy groups, who are also concerned the virus could spread as the workers move north over the summer.
- A former covid-19 patient has received a double-lung transplant, a surgery believed to be the first of its kind in the United States since the pandemic began.
- A Republican Ohio state lawmaker is facing backlash for suggesting that African Americans might be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic because of their personal hygiene.
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