Americans face testing delays as COVID-19 cases surge

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2020

Florida on Thursday announced almost 9,000 new cases and 120 new coronavirus deaths, a record daily increase in lives lost.

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Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Thursday that keeping schools closed would be a greater risk to children's health than reopening them.

- Most New York City students will return to school in the fall two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"I know we've had a lot of different blips", DeSantis said. One county on this list reported an increase of 148.5 daily new cases per 100,000 residents over the last week. He said schools can't accommodate all their students at any one time and maintain social distancing.

Almost 59,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported across the United States on Wednesday, the greatest single-day national tally of cases yet since the virus emerged late past year in China. The school system in NY is the biggest in the nation, with 1.1 million students.

In New York City, the most lethal hot spot in the nation during the spring, testing was scarce early on but is now widely available. Since June 20, there were 756 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the city's health department.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week said it will open free "surge testing" sites in three cities that are seeing significant increases in cases and hospitalizations - Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Edinburg, Texas. The sites will be able to conduct as many as 5,000 tests a day in each city, with results in three to five days, officials said.

These 35 counties and county equivalents are concentrated in 14 states, the majority of which are in the South.

Stephanie Porta, 41, a lifelong Orlando, Florida resident, said only about half the shoppers at her grocery store wore masks, although that was more than she saw two weeks ago. Health care providers are running low on trays and chemicals needed to run machines used in the tests.

Patrick Friday, a United Methodist minister in Alabama, went to several hospitals and clinics in Birmingham this week to get checked after his middle-school-age son tested positive.

Finally, he ended up at a site offering rapid-result tests and his negative result came back quickly.

"We are several months into this", he said.

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