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U.S. Returns to 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths Per Day

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July 27, 2020 -- The U.S. has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths for several days, with Saturday marking the fifth day in a row that the death toll surpassed the grim number.

The last time the U.S. registered four consecutive days of 1,000 deaths was in late May, according to The Washington Post, when hotspot states in the Northeast recorded high numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Now states in the South and West have seen a spike in new cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, and California, Florida and Texas registered single-day records of deaths this week.

“What we have right now are essentially three New Yorks,” Deborah Birx, MD, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on the TODAY show on Friday.

“We’re really having to respond as an American people, and that’s why you hear us calling for masks and increased social distancing to really stop the spread of this epidemic,” she said.

The U.S. also surpassed 145,000 total coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as well as 75,000 new infections. More than 400,000 new cases were reported nationwide in the last seven days.

Also during the past week, 18 states set single-day case records, according to The New York Times, and 40 states have reported a 14-day increase in cases per capita.

California leads the country with more than 445,000 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic, including more than 10,000 new cases confirmed on Saturday. This week, Florida surpassed New York and has more than 414,000 total cases, including 12,000 new cases confirmed on Saturday. New York now stands at third with more than 411,000 total cases, including 750 new cases reported on Saturday.

“Until you can see that explosion, it’s hard for people to understand how deeply you have to clamp down,” Birx said Friday. “We have to change our behavior now before this virus completely moves back up through the North.”

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on July 27, 2020

Sources

Washington Post, “U.S. deaths top 1,000 for fourth consecutive day.”

TODAY, “Dr. Deborah Birx: ‘We have to change our behavior now.’”

Johns Hopkins University, “COVID-19 Dashboard.”

New York Times, “Cases in U.S. Soar as 18 States Set single-Day Records.”

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