The United States has almost 5 million coronavirus infections – and as experts have emphasized before, the actual number of cases could be many times higher.
This means that the country holds about a quarter of all viral infections globally and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. More than 162,000 Americans died.
The pandemic shows no signs of slowing down and health officials have encouraged the use of masks in public places and urged residents to avoid social gathering until the spread is under control.
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As of this week, five states account for more than 40% of all infections in the United States: California (with the most cases in the country), Florida, Texas, New York, and Georgia.
New York, once the epicenter of the country, has been overtaken by a number of states that have seen a spike in cases in recent months. The state currently reporting the positive rate – the number of people tested positive vs. the number tested – was about 0.93%, according to the governor’s office.
“Despite the increasing infection rates across our country and region, we continue to see our numbers stay low, all thanks to our behavior change efforts. New Yorkers and the phased reopening based on our data, “Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday.
California, which reported more than 7,000 cases on Saturday for a total of more than 545,000, had a positive rate of about 6% in the past two weeks, according to health officials. The statewide hospitalization rate is declining, and about 5,746 patients are admitted – down more than 1,000 from two weeks ago.
In Texas, the governor extended his disaster statement when the state reported a seven-day high: 19.41 percent. The previous high, 17.43%, was recorded around mid-July. More than 481,000 infections have been reported statewide and about 7,872 people remain in hospitals.
Thousands of people gathered in the small city of South Dakota
As the virus spread through many communities in the United States, tourists flocked to the city of South Dakota for the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Race.
So far the state has recorded one of the lowest number of cases with about 9,477 infections, according to the state department of health.
This event is held in the city of about 7,000 people, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year. While officials say this year will be a scaled-down version, people are still expecting from all over the country – including hotspots like Florida, Texas and Arizona.
At nearby campsites, there will be concerts, races and competitions every day. City officials say they have recommended guidelines for social distance and occupancy limits for bars and restaurants, but none of them are legally enforceable, City Director said. Daniel Ainslie Street told CNN.
Dr. Carlos del Rio, a professor of infectious diseases at Emory University, is not worried about the protest itself as it is mainly taking place outside, he said. Instead, he says he’s afraid of what will happen after work, when people go to restaurants and bars and start gathering indoors.
“I’m quite concerned that this event could be a disaster,” he said. “Not only could there be a lot of transmission there, but a lot of people could get infected there and go back to their home state and carry the virus there.”
This event runs until August 16.
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Schools are starting to welcome students back
As schools reopen their classrooms, researchers are still working to understand how the virus spreads and affects children.
Research has shown that older children can transmit coronavirus just like adults, and another study found that children under 5 years of age had a higher viral load from the virus in the nose than older children and adults, They also raise questions about their ability to transmit viruses. .
While some US officials say the infection poses less of a risk to the younger population, a 7-year-old boy with no underlying health condition died in Georgia last week, becoming a young victim. most of the state. Earlier this month, two teenagers died in Florida from complications of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total number of teenage viral deaths to seven.
With a positive rate of less than 1%, New York removed all school districts across the state to reopen, Cuomo said on Friday, adding that the plan could change if infection rates Start to spike again before the scheduled reopening time.
In Georgia, many schools reopened.
At least 260 students and eight teachers in Cherokee County School District were quarantined after multiple students and teachers tested positive for the virus during the first week of school. In a statement on its website, the district, located north of the city of Atlanta, reported positive cases in at least 11 students and two staff members. Among them was a second grade student who got a positive result for the virus after the first day of school.
In the northeast of Atlanta, Barrow County Schools announced the district would begin the school year almost after more than 90 employees were placed in quarantine because they confirmed or suspected a viral infection, or had continued contact someone.
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