Texas, Florida and California ALL report their highest daily coronavirus infections as US continues reopening – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS infection rates are soaring to alarming levels in Texas, Florida and California as many parts of the country continue to reopen for business.

Texas and Florida reported their high daily COVID-19 totals this week, according to The New York Times, and California hit a new standard last week and has nearly matched it.

Greg Abbott, the governor of the Lone Star state, said that there is "no real need to ratchet back the opening of businesses" despite the fact that there were 2,166 coronavirus patients in hospitals on Friday, according to the Texas Tribune.

The governor told KYTX the state can stay open “because we have so many hospital beds available to anybody who gets ill.”

The state is now allowing restaurants to expand eat-in dining to 75 percent of capacity, up from 50 percent.

Houston's top county official, Lina Hidalgo, warned that “we may be approaching the precipice of a disaster.”

“Oh, yeah, I’ve been concerned,” Renata Liggins said as she dined at Black’s Barbecue in Austin.

But "it just feels I can finally breathe a little bit.”

Florida recorded a record 1,698 new cases on Thursday, according to The Times, and surpassed that Friday with another 1,902.

Phase 2 of Florida's reopening plan had already been implemented, but it was unclear when the next step would be taken.

The phase 2 plan includes many businesses being open with proper social distancing guidelines.

Meanwhile, California had 3,593 new cases one day last week and the numbers have stayed close to that level.

The Golden State entered the most expansive phase of its gradual reopening Friday.

Wineries welcomed people back to their tasting rooms, and hotels, zoos, museums and aquariums were also allowed to reopen.

San Francisco restaurants resumed outdoor dining, and the San Diego Zoo opened on a limited basis.

Alabama began reopening in early May and has seen more than a quarter of the state’s 23,000 cases come in the past two weeks.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey emphasized personal responsibility.

Arkansas has seen both hospitalizations and active cases more than double since Memorial Day.

It reported its largest one-day spike in new coronavirus cases Friday, with at least 11,547 people testing positive for the virus, an increase of 731.

“Regardless of what we see in the next week, we made the right decision to go ahead and lift some of these restrictions so we don’t cause more damage to people’s lives and their livelihood,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said.

Arizona, one of the most troubling hot spots in the country, has seen new cases surge to more than 1,000 a day.


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