The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is the highest it has been since the height of the pandemic two months ago, as several states around the country experience spikes in cases.
On Tuesday, 34,700 new cases of coronavirus were reported, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The school’s coronavirus tracker shows only two other days in which more new cases of the virus were recorded: April 9 and 24.
New York, the former epicenter of the virus in the country, has seen a steady decrease in its cases. But states that began their reopening process earlier, including Arizona, Florida, Texas and California, all saw their worst days to date on Tuesday.
“In some respects, we’ve done very well,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Congress Tuesday, specifically praising the way New York has contained the worst outbreak of the virus to date.
“However, in other areas of the country, we are now seeing a disturbing surge of infections that looks like it’s a combination, but one of the things is an increase in community spread. And that’s something I’m really quite concerned about,” he said.
Hospitalizations are increasing and so are the percentage of tests coming back positive, indicators of growing outbreaks in those states.