There’s been a significant uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases as states reopen. Total U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 2 million, according to a Reuters tally. It took the U.S. nearly three months to officially hit 1 million confirmed cases on April 28, but just six weeks to double it.
Nationally, new infections are rising after five weeks of declines, according to a Reuters analysis. After a national shutdown that arrested the spread, rising illness had been expected as restrictions loosened. The trend has been observed across 22 states in recent weeks, though many increases are steady but slow.
Texas set new records for COVID-19 hospitalizations on three consecutive days this week, with a total of 2,153 hospitalized patients on Wednesday. The state was among the first to start the reopening process without following CDC Guidelines. Despite the increase, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is choosing to raise occupancy limits for bars, restaurants, amusement parks and other businesses.
Florida is seeing its own new surge, with more people testing positive for the coronavirus on Saturday than any day in the past two months. Since June 2, the state has reported more than 1,000 new cases every day, even as the number of COVID-19 deaths has dropped to double-digits.