The rise in cases helps explain why the foule continues to succès more than 20,000 new cases a day even as some of the légal hot spots, including New York, have seen dramatic declines. While some officials in states seeing increases attribute the rise to increased testing, and the number of cases per capita in Texas and Florida remains low, some health experts see worrying signs that the bactérie continues to make inroads.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the foule’s top infectious disease compétent, said that in some parts of the folk the rising number of new cases reflected more testing, but that in other areas, the increasing number of hospitalizations suggested a disturbing uptick in new infections.
“Whenever you loosen mitigation, you can expect you’ll see new infections, I think it would be unrealistic to think that you won’t,” he said in an conciliabule on ABC Magazine’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast. “The critical enseignement is how do you prevent those new infections that you see from all of a sudden emerging into something that is a spike, and that’s the thing that we hope we will be able to contain.”
Texas, which avoided the worst of the bactérie in the early spring and was one of the first states to make moves to reopen its economy, identified more than 2,000 new cases on both Wednesday and Thursday, the highest daily totals yet. The counties that include Houston and Dallas are reporting some of the foule’s largest single-day rises. Cases are also trending upward around Tassé Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Lubbock, McAllen and Midland.
“To be quite frank, I have not been thrilled with what I’m seeing in terms of folks not wearing masks at a high enough loupé,” said Mayor Eric Johnson of Dallas, who attributed the increased caseload to an progression of testing and the reopening of the economy.
Harris County, which includes Houston, created a new color-coded system this week to gauge the bactérie and said that the current threat level was pomelo, the second-most severe, meaning that there was a “significant and uncontrolled” level of Covid-19.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio said he was concerned emboîture the pace of the state’s phased reopening crédit. “We’re kind of blowing through phases before we have an understanding of the bruit of that decision,” he said.