Texas sees record high COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

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Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Texas have spiked to record highs this week as daily new infections also surge in five other states – as health officials warn the United States hasn’t even passed the first COVID-19 wave. 

The number of new cases in Texas hit a record high of 2,622 on Tuesday, marking a rising tide of cases for a second consecutive week.

Texas had previously recorded the highest daily tally of the pandemic just one week ago when infections hit 2,504. 

Hospitalizations – a metric not linked to increased testing – also hit a record high in Texas this week after increasing for five consecutive days. 

The number of Texans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit 2,518 on Tuesday. 

Despite the record number of hospitalizations, Governor Greg Abbott put the surge in cases down to increased testing. 

Abbott said the state has nearly 15,000 hospital beds available. 

TEXAS CASES: The number of new cases in Texas hit a record high of 2,622 on Tuesday, marking a rising tide of cases for a second consecutive week

TEXAS HOSPITALIZATIONS: Hospitalizations - a metric not linked to increased testing - also hit a record high in Texas this week after increasing for five consecutive days. The number of Texans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit 2,518 on Tuesday

TEXAS HOSPITALIZATIONS: Hospitalizations – a metric not linked to increased testing – also hit a record high in Texas this week after increasing for five consecutive days. The number of Texans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit 2,518 on Tuesday

Health officials in many states attribute the spike to businesses reopening and Memorial Day weekend gatherings in late May. 

Many states are also bracing for a possible increase in cases stemming from tens of thousands of people protesting to end racial injustice and police brutality for the past three weeks. 

It comes as health experts, including Dr Anthony Fauci, warned the United States was still in the middle of its first coronavirus wave despite fears the country was headed for a second surge. 

Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Nevada all reported record increases in new cases on Tuesday. 

Hospitalizations in Arizona have been hitting record daily highs all month.

At Arizona’s Tucson Medical Center on Monday, just a single intensive care unit bed designated for COVID-19 patients was available, with the other 19 beds filled, according to a hospital representative. 

‘ICU to be expanded, hopefully, in coming days,’ Dr. Steven Oscherwitz, an infectious disease expert at the hospital, said in a tweet on Monday night. 

‘Not sure where people needing ICU care will be able to go, since most AZ (Arizona) hospitals are pretty full now.’ 

Nevada reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs. 

In Oregon, health officials are trying to contain an outbreak of over 200 new cases in Union County linked to the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church.

FLORIDA CASES: Florida has recorded record spikes in new cases on both Monday (2,700) and Tuesday (2,500). It is more than double the cases being reported last month

FLORIDA CASES: Florida has recorded record spikes in new cases on both Monday (2,700) and Tuesday (2,500). It is more than double the cases being reported last month

NEVADA CASES: Nevada reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs

NEVADA CASES: Nevada reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs

OKLAHOMA CASES: In Oklahoma, where President Donald Trump plans to hold an indoor campaign rally on Saturday, new cases rose 68 percent last week. More than 200 new infections were reported on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 8,645. Pictured above is cumulative cases for the state

OKLAHOMA CASES: In Oklahoma, where President Donald Trump plans to hold an indoor campaign rally on Saturday, new cases rose 68 percent last week. More than 200 new infections were reported on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 8,645. Pictured above is cumulative cases for the state

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Dr Fauci – the top infectious disease expert in the country – said that despite the current surge in cases, he didn’t think it was a second wave.  

‘I don’t like to talk about a second wave right now, because we haven’t gotten out of our first wave,’ he said.    

Dr Anthony Fauci - the top infectious disease expert in the country - said that despite the current surge in cases, he didn't think it was a second wave

Dr Anthony Fauci – the top infectious disease expert in the country – said that despite the current surge in cases, he didn’t think it was a second wave

‘We are seeing infections to a greater degree than they had previously seen in certain states, including states in the southwest and in the south.’

He said it was unlikely a second lockdown would have to occur. 

‘When you start to see the inevitable exceptions that you might see when you try to pull back on the mitigation and open up… use public health measures to help you to get to your goal,’ Fauci said.

‘Namely, if you get new infections, you put into place, the manpower, the system… the ability to identify, isolate and contact-trace so that you’re actually utilizing public health measures to help you to open up.’ 

His comments were echoed by virologist Dr Joseph Fair who told NBC’s Today on Wednesday that the surge in cases was due to states reopening too early and people relaxing social distancing measures. 

‘Technically we are still in the first wave and this spike we’re seeing is really induced by ourselves – it’s induced by us opening up early and us moving on from the problem before it moved on from us,’ he said. 

Addressing the comments made by various governors that increases in cases were down to more testing, Dr Fair said: ‘The analogy that more tests is going to reveal more cases – that’s true. 

Across the United States, 17 states - mostly in the south and southwest - saw new cases rise last week and 13 states reported weekly increases in deaths related to COVID-19

Across the United States, 17 states – mostly in the south and southwest – saw new cases rise last week and 13 states reported weekly increases in deaths related to COVID-19

New cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in Alabama and South Carolina in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days as 17 states reported weekly increases in the spread of coronavirus

New cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in Alabama and South Carolina in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days as 17 states reported weekly increases in the spread of coronavirus

New deaths from coronavirus nearly doubled in Georgia and Missouri in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days. Thirteen states have reported weekly increases in deaths related to COVID-19

New deaths from coronavirus nearly doubled in Georgia and Missouri in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days. Thirteen states have reported weekly increases in deaths related to COVID-19

‘Hospitalizations indicate new cases that you wouldn’t have picked up if you didn’t have the diagnostics.

‘We’re seeing record hospitalizatons in states that opened up early or have been lax in social distancing.’

Across the United States, 17 states saw new cases rise last week and 13 states reported weekly increases in deaths related to COVID-19.

New deaths from coronavirus nearly doubled in Georgia and Missouri in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days. 

New cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in Alabama and South Carolina in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days.

Alabama’s new cases rose 97 percent for the week ended June 14, while cases in South Carolina rose 86 percent.

South Carolina and Alabama health officials say the increases are down to some residents not following social distancing guidelines to avoid large gatherings and wear a mask in public.

In Oklahoma, where President Donald Trump plans to hold an indoor campaign rally on Saturday, new cases rose 68 percent. 

Many of the states that have seen increases in cases are also seeing record hospitalizations – a metric not affected by increased testing and perhaps more troubling for health officials. 

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