Hospitalizations near record as the US surpasses 4 million reported coronavirus cases

As of Thursday, July 23rd, the United States officially surpassed the 4 million mark for positive coronavirus cases. COVID-19 has surged in recent weeks for many southern, midwestern, and western states. Every day new case records have unfortunately been matched and broken. Currently, the seven day average of COVID-19 cases in the U.S has reached an unprecedented high of 67, 429 new cases as of Wednesday, July 22nd. John Hopkins University as of 6; 00 pm eastern standard time has reported a total of 4.1million cases in the U.S, higher than any other country’s total cases. USA’s death count is higher than each country’s count respectfully but per capital however, is not the highest.

From the highest point of positive COVID-19 tests to roughly mid-June, the amount of daily new Coronavirus cases had been decreasing steadily over time. New York being the epicenter, and the rest of the northeastern states, had the largest amount of COVID-19 cases and were reducing them through dedicated social distancing, masks, and a change to everyday life via city and state-wide shutdowns. However, in other states, they began to reopen as the number of their cases was low and deaths were low relative to the northeastern epicenter. However, as the middle of June come by, a large spike fo the first wave of the virus occurred in major states around the country that had reopened.

Currently, those states such as Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, and Arizona show new COVID-19 cases in the past week above 10,000 cases. Other countries in Europe mostly have slowed the spread of the COVID-19 to a crawl and hopefully, the United States follows their lead by lowering the spread of the virus. With the help of social distancing, sanitization, and mask usage can slow the spread and lower the curve as it has happened for New York and other eastern states that were the epicenter during the first height of the virus.