Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that a mask mandate will take effect on Monday morning after an increase in some cases. Many of these new cases are attributed to gatherings, including informal backyard meetings, the governor said.
The bars are also being closed due to local alcohol consumption – after at least 36 outbreaks and more than 400 cases were attributed to bars in the state.
There is now a mask order order in at least 36 states, and more than half of the US has stopped or reversed its reopening plans to curb the spread of the virus. Some experts have found that they are now out of control.
That is when “we can reach a critical mass of people who wear face cover, practice at least two meters of social distance and do the things that we know are effective,” he said on CBS ‘Face the Nation.
“This thing is almost everywhere”
At least 35 states, according to Johns Hopkins University, have seen an increase in new cases compared to the previous week. Across the country, health officials are raising the alarm about the number of infected patients seeking medical care.
The hospitals in Miami Beach are operating at full capacity, the mayor CNN said on Sunday evening.
“We have to start moving normal beds into intensive care beds. We are clearly tense at this point,” said Mayor Dan Gelber. “There is a complete separation between what is said and said in Washington and even Tallahassee and what is happening in some of these communities here.”
Across the state, more than 7,500 patients with the virus have been hospitalized, government data showed on Sunday. Florida’s Orange County, where Disney World reopened at the weekend, had over 540 patients in hospitals.
Carlos Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade, said the virus has spread to the community and could significantly increase the death toll.
“What we have to do is lower that rate of positivity so we don’t get to the point where we’re overwhelming our Miami-Dade County health system, and then we’ll have unnecessary deaths.”
In Los Angeles County, health officials reported more than 3,300 new cases on Sunday – the second highest daily number of cases in the past week. Nearly 2,100 people have been hospitalized, a number “significantly higher” than a month ago, officials said.
And in Phoenix, the mayor told CNN health professionals that they were “already tired” and concerned about additional burdens for hospitals due to the July 4th vacation, even though the city is already operating Record-breaking use of ventilators.
To prevent further spreading, Mayor Kate Gallego said she had joined other heads of state to urge the governor to extend security measures in response to the virus.
Are children safe to return to class?
Many parts of the country are still torn, which is the way to go, especially when it comes to schools.
Educators across the country have spoken out decisively against students returning to school in a variety of cases across the country. However, leaders like the President and Minister of Education have stated that bringing children back to class is a priority.
“Children have to be back in school and school leaders across the country have to make plans to do just that,” she said. “There will be an exception to the rule. But the rule should be that kids go to school again this fall. And where there are little flare-ups or hotspots that can be treated from school to school or from school to school on a case-by-case basis Case. “
“We are determined to have classroom lessons next year,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “But we know that we have to have a mixed environment of options because it will be a challenge when there is a limited amount of community spread.”
While local leaders in the U.S. have announced school schedule adjustments, most governors have stopped announcing nationwide changes or requirements.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Artemis Moshtaghian, Stella Chan, Kay Jones and Mitch McCluskey contributed to this report.