US sets single-day record with over 58,000 new COVID cases

An updated model from the University of Washington predicts more than 208,000 Americans will die from the virus by Nov. 1.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2020, 10:24 AM

Updated 1,409 days ago

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The country set a new single-day high record of positive coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
There were more than 58,000 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the U.S. yesterday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
"We're not knee-deep, we're hip-deep and if we don't do something dramatically, we'll soon be neck-deep," says Dr. Larry Brilliant, epidemiologist.
An updated model from the University of Washington predicts more than 208,000 Americans will die from the virus by Nov. 1, partly because of the surge of cases in Florida, Arizona, Texas and California. "The other factor is school openings that we expect in August and September. That's going to increase contact rates on current trajectories," says Dr. Chris Murray, director of University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Although President Donald Trump is calling on schools to reopen this fall, at least 24 states are adjusting their overall reopening plans due to the pandemic. "This is not a benign illness.  Yes, for most people, they're going to be fine.  But some people are going to be really sick and some are going to die," says Dr. Tom Frieden, former head of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Trump, in a tweet last night, touted the COVID-19 death rate is dropping, but a member of his coronavirus task force says the U.S. still has to be cautious. "It's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death. There's so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don't get yourself into false complacency," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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