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  • Thursday, Florida reported 3,207 additional cases as the state hit an 11th day of records in its rolling case average.
  • Arizona reported a new high of 2,519 cases, while hospitalizations have doubled since the Memorial Day holiday.
  • California tallied more than 4,000 cases for the first time.

California, Florida and Arizona are continuing to experience record highs of coronavirus infections. 

All three states on Thursday reported record highs for daily new cases, according to The Washington Post. 

Florida Thursday reported 3,207 additional cases as the state hit an 11th day of records in its rolling case average. Meanwhile, Arizona reported a new high of 2,519 cases, while hospitalizations have doubled since the Memorial Day holiday. Inpatient beds across the state are at 85 percent capacity, the Post reports. 


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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has attributed the rise in cases to increases in testing of high-risk individuals like farmworkers in rural counties, prisoners and residents of long-term-care facilities, as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has also suggested increased testing may be behind the surge in new cases. 


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California tallied more than 4,000 cases for the first time, with 2,115 occurring in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Health Department said Wednesday its latest numbers included roughly 600 cases from a backlog of test results, although it’s not clear if that has influenced the number of cases reported Thursday. 

New modeling from researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania says Florida is on track to becoming the next large epicenter for the outbreak in the U.S.

Researchers said the state has “all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission,” and risks being the “worst it has ever been,” CNN reports. Florida has recorded more than 85,000 infections with more than 3,000 deaths. 

Alabama, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas are also seeing record-high seven-day averages of new coronavirus cases per day, CNN reports. At least 23 states are seeing upticks in newly reported cases from one week ago. 

“The question is ‘can we keep this from getting out of control.’ This is a virus that wants to infect a very large portion of the population,” former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC Thursday. 

“They’re on the cusp of losing control of those outbreaks in certain parts of those states. Arizona, Houston, Austin, parts of Florida certainly look very concerning right now.” Gottlieb said. 


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Published on Jun 18, 2020