Coronavirus Updates: Texas Pauses Reopening Amid Covid-19 Surge; New California Cases Break Records


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Florida and Texas each hit records for cases Wednesday, with health officials in Houston saying its hospitals are nearly at capacity. Arizona, at the same time, reached a peak in hospitalizations. In California, which also saw an all-time high for new infections, the Walt Disney Co. delayed the reopening of its theme parks indefinitely, while Nevada’s governor ordered everyone to wear masks in public as some of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas made them a condition of entry.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut set quarantines for incoming travelers from U.S. hot zones, and North Carolina put its reopening on ice for three weeks.

The White House says its virus task force is continuing to meet and consult with governors. Trump administration officials insist they’re not trying to diminish the threat posed by the virus.

“We obviously are concerned,” Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. “We may have a lag in what we see in hospitalizations and deaths because that can lag by three or four weeks, but I’m asking people to recognize we’re in a different situation today than we were in March or April.”

The Trump administration said more cases are being detected now than in earlier months when the country had less testing capacity. They said that’s reflected in data showing a lower median age for those infected and a lower mortality rate.

Read more: California Has Second-Biggest Jump; Arizona Surges: Virus Update

When Trump comments on the coronavirus, it’s usually in order to blame China for the U.S. outbreak or compliment his government’s response.

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