On the way to the vacation weekend, at least 11 states – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin – have the moving average of new cases at record highs. Florida reported on Friday that the 7-day average of new cases was 7,948, the 26th consecutive day that the state set a 7-day average. Arizona reached a daily high as of Friday with 4,433 new cases. More than 3,000 people in the state are hospitalized with Covid-19, which reduces the state’s ICU bed capacity to just 9 percent, according to the state̵
The Trump administration has maintained a softer stance on masks and social detachment, even though government health experts warn the government of bleak prospects if the country stays on track. Adams suggested on Friday that mandates, such as requiring attendees to attend Trump’s planned vacation events, wear a mask that would only make people rebel. Adams said it was more beneficial to help people understand why they should wear a mask than to simply tell them to do so.
“When we talk about July 4th and independence, it is important to understand that when we wear it, we actually have more independence and freedom because more places can remain open,” said Adams.
In Louisiana, 98 percent of the 1,756 new cases reported on Friday came from the community, “instead of assembling facilities like nursing homes,” the state health agency announced. The majority of people who tested positive were younger, 60 percent were younger than 39 years.