Some alarming COVID-19 trends are emerging across several U.S. states, and officials are desperately pleading with people to stay home, wear masks and keep their distance.
The U.S. recorded a one-day total of 34,700 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in two months, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University. The number of new cases per day is now running just short of the nation's late-April peak of 36,400.
“People got complacent,” said Dr. Marc Boom, CEO of the Houston Methodist hospital system. “And it’s coming back and biting us, quite frankly.”
New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking travelers from states with high coronavirus infection rates to go into quarantine for 14 days, and Americans are unlikely to be allowed into more than 30 European countries for business or tourism when the continent begins next week to open its borders to the world.
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- While newly confirmed infections have been declining steadily in early hot spots such as New York and New Jersey, several other states set single-day records this week, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma. Some of them also broke hospitalization records, as did North Carolina and South Carolina.
- Florida's new confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocketed by 5,500 Wednesday, a 25% jump from the previous one-day record set last week and triple the level of just two weeks ago.
- Coronavirus cases are climbing rapidly among young adults in a number of states where bars, stores and restaurants have reopened — a disturbing generational shift that not only puts them in greater peril than many realize but poses an even bigger danger to older people who cross their paths.
- But despite warnings from public health officials, new research suggests Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a jump in coronavirus cases. A study published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research used data on protests from more than 300 of the largest U.S. cities and found no evidence that coronavirus cases grew in the weeks following the beginning of the protests.
- Tulsa health officials on Wednesday reported a record spike in coronavirus cases, but said it's too soon to attribute any increase in infections to President Donald Trump's campaign rally over the weekend.
- Wall Street's recent rally hit a snag Wednesday, dimming investors’ hopes for a relatively quick economic turnaround. The S&P 500 skidded 2.6%, shedding its gains for the week and leaving it nearly in the red for the month.
- The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon after deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others.
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