The staggering numbers mean that the country holds about a quarter of all viral infections globally and also tops the list with the most deaths in the world. More than 162,000 Americans died.
The pandemic shows no signs of slowing down and health officials from coast to coast have called for the use of masks in public places and urged residents to avoid all types of social gatherings until when the spread of the virus is controlled.
As of this week, five states together hold more than 40% of all infections in the United States: California (with the most infections 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 There has been a spike in cases in recent months. The state currently reporting the positive rate ̵
1; 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 new cases on Saturday for a total of more than 545,000, had a statewide positive rate of about 6% in the past two weeks, according to health officials. Statewide hospitalization rates are declining, and there are currently around 5,746 patients at hospitals across the state – down more than 1,000 from two weeks ago.
In Texas, the governor extended his disaster statement to deal with the coronavirus when the state reported its seven-day highest positive rate: 19.41%. 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
When the virus was still spreading across many communities in the United States, a city in South Dakota began to watch visitors flock for the 80th Sturgis City’s Annual 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.
The event was held in the city of about 7,000 people, attracting about 500,000 people each year. And while officials say this year will be a miniature version, hundreds of thousands of visitors are still expected 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 proposed guidelines on social distance and occupancy limits for bars and restaurants, but none of them have any legal effect, the manager said. Street told CNN.
Dr. Carlos del Rio, a professor of infectious diseases at Emory University, says he is not worried about the protest itself as it is mainly taking place outside. Instead, he fears what will happen after work, when people go to restaurants and bars and start gathering in the indoor spaces.
“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 begin to reopen classrooms, researchers are still working to learn how the virus spreads and affects children.
Research has shown that older children can transmit coronavirus as much as adults and another study found that children under 5 years of age had a higher viral load from the virus in the nose compared to older children and adults, They also raise questions about their ability to transmit viruses.
And while some US officials say the infection poses less risk to younger people, a 7-year-old boy with no underlying health condition died in Georgia last week, falling victim to the state’s oldest. Earlier this month, two teenagers died in Florida from complications of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths in the state to seven.
In New York, which maintains a positive rate below 1%, all school districts across the state have been reopened, Cuomo said Friday, adding that the plan could change if the rate Infections started 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 reported positive cases in at least 11 students and two staff members. Among them was a second grade student who tested positive for the virus after school on the first day.
Barrow County schools have announced that they will begin the school year almost after more than 90 employees have been placed in quarantine because they have a confirmed or suspected case of the virus or have contact with someone who did.
CNN’s Kay Jones, Melissa Alonso and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.