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Twelve states saw an increase in cases of COVID-19 this past weekend

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According to ABC News, twelve states saw an increase in Coronavirus cases this past weekend. These states include Florida, Texas, Utah, South Carolina, Nevada, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, Arizona, California, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, according to the analysis of state-released data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project. Florida’s three-day streak of record-breaking numbers ended on Saturday, with 4,049 new cases of COVID-19. South Carolina, Nevada, and Utah all saw their second day in a row of record daily new cases on Saturday, and Missouri had its second straight day of record cases on Sunday. ~

On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed the rise in the state’s positive cases were due to an increase in testing in the state. DeSantis claims the state is in a “much better position today than we were at the beginning of April,” pointing to an increase in hospital beds and a decreasing mortality rate (ABC). Additionally, the Oklahoma State Health Department was urging everyone who attended “large-scale gatherings in recent weeks” to get tested for COVID-19 on Sunday. These gatherings include any kind of protests throughout the state and the rally held in Tulsa, Oklahoma by President Donald Trump. “As expected, Oklahoma’s urban areas as well as a few communities around the state are experiencing a rise in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to increased social activity and mobility,” Interim Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said in a statement. “[We] need Oklahomans to get tested, even those without symptoms, so we can identify active cases and work together to minimize community spread” (The Oklahoman). ~

The ABC News analysis also found that hospitalizations for COVID-19 are increasing in 17 states across the country. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday said that the White House Coronavirus task force is “on top of all of these outbreaks”  and told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that the task force has been working with governors to make sure the United States “can open up the economy in a safe and reasonable way.” ~

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