The United States reported more than 45,000 cases of coronavirus on Friday, a record rise as some of the hardest hit states begin to halt or reset their reopening plans, according to Johns Hopkins University.
According to Johns Hopkins data, 45,255 additional Covid-19 cases were reported nationwide on Friday, for a total of more than 2.46 million cases. As of Friday, the US The 7-day average of new cases increased by more than 41% compared to the previous week.
In 34 U.S. states, including Arizona, Texas, California, Florida, and Nevada, cases increase 5% or more based on an average of seven days.
"There are more cases. There are more hospitalizations in some of these places and you will see more deaths soon," said the White House Health Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in an interview with CNBC's Meg Tirrell on Friday, which was broadcast by the Milk Institute.
"Even though deaths are falling as a country, it doesn't mean you won't see them now," he said.
Deaths caused by Covid-19 lag behind other data points, e.g. B. Hospital stays with confirmed infections, as it can take weeks for a person to develop the disease fully. According to a CNBC analysis of data from the Covid Tracking project, hospital admissions for Covid-19 increased in 14 states on Friday.
On Friday, the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned younger people who they say are causing new infections, may not be as susceptible to serious diseases, but could infect someone who does.
"If there is a message that gets through today, I hope it tells younger Americans in these states, and especially in these counties, that they are a large part of the numbers that we see in new cases," said Vice President Mike Pence said at a press conference.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, added that the coronavirus poses a higher risk to people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes and significant obesity, that span all ages.
While the increase in daily case numbers may be due to increased testing at certain locations, some states report higher positivity rates. The positivity rate is the percentage of tests that are positive in a given region. Epidemiologists say this number can indicate how far the virus is spreading in a community.
The positivity rate in California has risen to more than 5% in the past two weeks as the state sees an increase in new cases every day. Governor Greg Abbott said the positive rate in Texas exceeded 10% on Wednesday. This is a value that raises a "warning flag". According to the state Department of Health, the average rate in Arizona is currently over 11%.
Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, ordered all licensed hospitals in the hard-hit counties of Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis to postpone electoral procedures on Thursday to protect hospital capacity for Covid-19 patients. These counties include the state's largest cities – Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin.
As of Friday, Texas reported a 57% increase in hospitalization, based on an average of seven days compared to a week ago. According to John Hopkins data, the average number of daily cases increased by almost 70%.
Abbott said he would withdraw part of the state's reopening plan on Friday, close the state bars, and reduce capacity for indoor dining, among other things.
"As I said from the start, the state of Texas would take further measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 if the positive rate increased above 10%," Abbott said in a press release.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said Thursday that state hospitals are experiencing additional stress and "are likely to reach surge capacity very soon." The state health department reported more than 3,500 new cases on Saturday, approaching the record high on Tuesday.
As of Friday, Arizona reported a 36% increase in hospitalization based on an average of seven days compared to a week ago. According to John Hopkins data, the average number of daily cases increased by more than 42%.
"Covid-19 is widespread in Arizona. It is common in all 15 of our counties. It grows and grows rapidly in all ages and populations. Anyone can get this virus and anyone can spread this virus," he said in a press conference.
If the state reopening was a traffic light, Ducey said it would be in the "yellow" or "earnings" position.
Florida has again banned drinking in bars to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The state reported more than 9,600 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the second day of the record-breaking new cases, the state health agency said.
Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the state has no plans to continue its gradual reopening plan. He added that the state "never expected" to move forward on this point.
"We are where we are. I did not say that we will proceed to the next phase," DeSantis said at a press conference.
On Thursday, the city of Miami issued a mandate that face coverings must be worn publicly at all times until further notice. Those who oppose the order could be fined $ 50 and appear in court for repeated crimes.
"All options must be on the table. When we see our hospital stays increasing, our ICU beds increasing, our ventilators increasing. Still having sufficient capacity but increasing. It's worrying," said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, told CNN Friday when asked if he would consider placing another order to stay at home.
– CNBC's Nate Rattner contributed to this report.