38,000 cases in 24 hours, US has its worst day in war against pandemic

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While Illinois rides a curve in a positive direction, the rest of the US continues to deal with the pandemic.

That message was no more apparent that on Wednesday, when the US saw over 38,000 cases in a 24-hour stretch, marking the single greatest infection surge in the United States since the pandemic began.

Seven states top the list, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

News of the announcement has already prompted Disneyland to cancel its reopening, originally scheduled for July 17th due to a change in phased reopening in California. 

In Texas, Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in the Nation, will begun admitting adults as Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the state is facing a ‘massive outbreak’ of COVID-19.   Abbott aggressively pushed to reopen the state in May.

Meanwhile in Florida, cases of COVID have tripled in the past three weeks. 

There are now over 1.2 million known active cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with nearly 2.5 million cases to date since the pandemic began.

A recent Notre Dame model released by the CDC shows even in states like Illinois who seem to be on the right side of the pandemic will see an upswing in deaths by mid-July.  The NotreDame-FRED model forecast accounts for social distancing and recent trends in mobility to continue in the coming weeks in Illinois.

At that rate, projection models show nearly 180,000 will die from COVID-19 by October.

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