The changes were followed by appeals from health officials who warned of a number of holidays and rallies such as those seen by the United States over the weekend, likely to lead to further increases in corona cases – amid a crisis already raging across the country.
Already, nearly half of US states have halted restart plans as new corona cases have hit record highs in recent weeks. Both city and state leaders attributed this increase to gatherings of new groups.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates that the country will see nearly 148,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of the month. So far, at least 129,676 Americans have died and more than 2.8 million have been infected, according to Johns Hopkins University.
And while many cities have adopted measured approaches to celebrate July 4, images from the weekend show that warnings are not being taken seriously.
Crowds of the fourth of July
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, saw similar scenes as beachgoers chose to celebrate on the water on Saturday. Earlier this week, the governor announced that bars on the beaches of Delaware would be closed for the weekend.
“It looks pretty normal for July 4th with definitely a lot of people,” said Navy Collaborator Rich Rich Stropky.
Masks and social distances were also features that were largely absent from the celebration of the White House on July 4. The tables on the south lawn of the White House are a bit far away, with about six chairs per table.
And as people tried to overcome the July heat, many gathered in the shady areas of the area, without leaving at all.
34 situations increase in new cases
Corona cases are on the rise in 34 states in the last week, with 12 recording an increase of more than 50%, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Three states – Kentucky, New Hampshire and Vermont – are reporting a decline.
These are the states where cases are rising: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The case is stable in 13 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
Florida sets a record for all time
Florida set a record for most corona cases in a single day on Saturday, with a total of 11,458 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The state has surpassed the previous high of the day in New York at 11,434, which was recorded in mid-April.
Florida reported 18 deaths on Saturday.
Despite the rapid increase in cases and the warning of officials, Florida may be the new focus of the nation, the governor said he does not intend to step back to reopen the measures.
In Texas, there were 8,258 new Covid-19 cases, according to the latest figures released by the Texas Department of Health (DSHS). This marks the second highest number of cases reported in a single day by the state. The previous record was set on July 1, when 9,308 new cases were reported.
Hospitals in at least two Texas counties have reached their full potential.
In Starr County, at least two patients had to be removed from the area for treatment.
“Local and valley hospitals are in full capacity and no longer have beds. I urge all our residents to stay on the roof, wear face masks, exercise social distances and avoid cats,” Judge Eloy Vera said.
In Hidalgo County, Judge Richard Cortez asked residents to take their seats and “call 911 only if absolutely necessary.”
CNN’s Alta Spells, Nicky Robertson, Jason Hoffman, Jeremy Diamond, Chuck Johnston, Kay Jones and Ganesh Setty contributed to the report.