Alabama, Florida and South Carolina reported a record number of new cases for the third-day straight day over the weekend, which officials trace back to Memorial Day gatherings. Oklahoma, Alaska, and Arizona also have either record or near-record numbers of new cases.
Across the U.S., there were 25,000 new cases on Saturday, the highest total since May 2, although part of that is because of increased testing. But the new cases aren’t as troubling as rising hospitalizations.
Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and Utah all had a record number of patients enter the hospital on Saturday. In South Carolina, 69% to 77% of hospital beds are occupied, depending on the region.
Utah’s governor announced that the state will pause reopening, something that others are considering, but no one is talking about another shutdown… yet.
All of this is coming in the days after rallies to protest George Floyd’s death, and before President Trump holds a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.