Four states reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, as the virus curve dramatically increased heading into the Fourth of July weekend.
The daily confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide climbed past 50,000, as 36 states saw an increase in tests coming back positive.
“What we’ve seen is a very disturbing week,” Dr Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, said in a live stream with the American Medical Association on Thursday.
As the south and west continue to see a spike in positive COVID-19 cases, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, ordered the wearing of masks across most of the state after refusing until recently to let even local governments impose such rules.
Dr Diana Fite, president of the Texas Medical Association, applauded the mask order.
“There is no question about it, face masks reduce the spread of COVID-19,” she said.
“They help protect the people wearing masks, and they help protect the people around them.”
Florida recorded 10,109 new cases on Thursday, setting a new record and making it the ninth consecutive day that at least 5,000 new cases have been counted, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.
The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide now stands at 169,106.
The states total number of cases has nearly tripled since the Phase 2 reopening began on June 5.
On June 26, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the closure of bars, restaurants and businesses for the second time since the start of the pandemic. Beaches are set to close on July 3 through July 7.
The number of reported deaths of Florida residents increased to 3,617, including the first death of someone between the ages of 5 and 14.
The death toll increased by 67 since Wednesday.
Hospitalizations in the state rose to 15,150.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, of California, and Gov. Doug Ducey, of Arizona, both reinforced social distancing measures in their states.
Both have ordered the immediate closure of bars, restaurants, gyms beaches and businesses in hopes of flattening the curve.
Over the past week, Arizona has an average of 3,500 new cases a day.
In California, the total number of confirmed infections statewide has surpassed 241,000.