For the first time, the U.S. has documented a new record with nearly 60,000 cases on Thursday alone. In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has mandated that people must wear masks in indoor public spaces as well as crowded outdoor areas. Businesses are now required to refuse people service if they do not wear a mask and there is a $500 fine for those who do not comply.
The slight decline in cases that the U.S. saw for some time has taken a turn that is both concerning and a cause to take swift action to prevent as many deaths as possible. In the country’s most populous states, such as California, Texas, and Florida, there has been a sharp uptick in new infections and deaths.
In Arizona, more than 200 deaths have been documented just this week and in Texas, health officers report 119 deaths on Wednesday. This is a record for deaths in one day. Other states including Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Dakota have also set records for single-day deaths.
The death average across the past seven-days in the U.S. approached 608 on Thursday despite it being 471 earlier this month. Despite the high numbers, it is still “a fraction of the more than 2,200 deaths the country averaged each day in mid-April” according to the New York Times.
As of now it is too soon to forecast the direction of this data because it is just from a few days. Regardless of which direction the trend takes, the rising deaths in some states indicate an end to the country’s period of declining death counts. The reason why the U.S. saw this progress for a few months is largely because of the precautions that were taken by the governors of a few states. Mandating mask wearing, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing surely had a great impact on how much of the virus propagated throughout the nation.
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