NATIONAL NEWS: Coronavirus cases continue to climb, deaths have flattened out

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

The United States on Thursday reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases, while the world also saw a new record of coronavirus infections. Thursday’s tally was 55,274 which topped the previous high for one day set by Brazil on June 19 of 54,771.

Now 37 of 50 U.S. states are seeing coronavirus daily numbers growing. Florida saw 10,000 new cases on Thursday, while California saw over 9,300 cases and their hospitalizations from the virus grew 56 percent over last week.

In Texas, there were 7,500 new cases and Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered that face masks are now mandatory in counties with over 20 coronavirus cases.

“In the past few weeks, there has been a swift and substantial spike in coronavirus cases,” Abbott said in a press message. “We need to refocus on slowing the spread. But this time, we want to do it without closing down Texas again.”

Washington saw 642 new cases on Thursday.

There were 687 new deaths from the COVID-19 virus reported on Thursday which is a slight uptick from last week’s Thursday count of 653. Overall, as of Friday the weekly average for daily deaths sat at 564 – the lowest count since March 30 and well below the April 21 average of 2,255 deaths per day. Currently there are 15,907 serious and serious cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.

There are 37,114 people currently hospitalized for the virus in the U.S.