President Trump, who has publicly downplayed the importance of face coverings, called mask-wearing “Patriotic” on Monday as more states have mandated face masks amid surging coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths across the country.

“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” he tweeted, using a phrase many have worried encourages racist targeting of Asians in the pandemic. “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”

Six months after the virus reached the United States, it continues to disrupt virtually every aspect of daily life — with the country regularly breaking its records for single-day cases — and local leaders are pondering new stay-at-home orders.

Here are some significant developments: