The governor of Texas temporarily halted the state's reopening on Thursday as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations surged, and the country set a new record for a one-day increase in cases.
Medics move a patient outside of Elmhurst Hospital during the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the Queens borough of New York, US, April 20, 2020. (Reuters)
More than 36,000 new US cases were recorded on Wednesday, a few hundred shy of the record 36,426 on April 24.
Also reporting record rises in cases this week were Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming.
While some of the increased numbers of cases can be attributed to more testing, the percentage of positive results is also climbing.
The Trump administration has tried to soften nationwide concerns about the pandemic even as a dozen or so states see worrisome increases.
“We're working aggressively with states and local leaders in this situation but it's important for the American people to know this is a localized situation,” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News in an interview. “The counties that are in hotspots are 3 percent of American counties.”