Novel coronavirus caseloads continue to surge across the South and West. Arizona announced 2,519 new cases on Thursday morning, Florida announced 3,207, and California reported 4,084. All are new highs. Coronavirus hospitalizations in Arizona have doubled since Memorial Day, with public data showing inpatient beds across the state at 85 percent capacity.
Oklahoma reported a huge spike in new coronavirus cases on Thursday as the Trump campaign prepared for a Saturday rally in Tulsa. There are 450 new confirmed cases in Oklahoma, the state reported, the highest one-day total since its previous record, set Wednesday, of 259 cases.
So far, more than 116,000 people are reported to have died of the virus in the United States, with more than 2.1 million cases diagnosed.
Here are some significant developments:
- President Trump called coronavirus testing “overrated” and suggested in a recent Wall Street Journal interview that some people wear masks not as a health precaution but to signal their disapproval of him.
- In a video interview with The Washington Post, Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said it’s too early to start talking about the second wave because the first one hasn’t ended yet.
- The NFL season is in jeopardy, Fauci said on CNN. “Unless players are essentially in a bubble … it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” he said. Elsewhere, 13 players from the University of Texas tested positive for the virus.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will begin testing a “completely voluntary” mobile app that will alert people if they’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. The worldwide coronavirus death toll has passed 448,000, while nearly 8.4 million cases have been reported.