The United States just hit the tragic milestone of 4 million confirmed cases — the most by far of any country. Over four months into this pandemic, new cases are surging more than ever, deaths are rising and hospitalizations are approaching peak levels, and we are still experiencing testing delays and supply shortages. Trump still has no plan and his failed response has brought us right back to where we were at the beginning of this crisis.
CORONAVIRUS SKYROCKETS: Cases are increasing at an exponential rate. More have been reported in the past two weeks than in all of last month.
CNN: “The US is heading in the wrong direction with Covid-19 numbers, and it’s doing so with astonishing speed.”
CNN: “In the past two weeks, the US recorded more than 915,000 new cases of coronavirus — that’s more than the cases reported across the country for the whole month of June.”
DEATHS ON THE RISE: More than 1,000 new deaths were reported in a single day for the second straight day — bringing us back to where we were two months ago.
New York Times: “The 1,130 deaths announced on Wednesday across the United States were the highest single-day death total since May 29, with the exception of two anomalous days in June when large numbers of deaths from unknown dates were reported.”
NEAR RECORD HOSPITALIZATIONS: Hospitalizations are rising across the country and are nearing the peak levels seen in April.
CNN: “After falling for months, Covid-19 hospitalizations across the US are on the upswing and approaching the peak levels seen in April. The reason is simple: the US is experiencing a surge in cases, with states such as Florida, Texas and California reporting thousands of new confirmed cases in recent weeks.”
THE SAME TESTING TROUBLES: We are still experiencing testing shortages and delays as laboratories still lack key supplies.
New York Times: “‘It’s Like Groundhog Day’: Coronavirus Testing Labs Again Lack Key Supplies”
Associated Press: “Laboratories across the U.S. are buckling under a surge of coronavirus tests, creating long processing delays that experts say are undercutting the pandemic response.”
THE SAME SUPPLY SHORTAGES: States, hospitals, and frontline workers still can’t get the critical supplies they need.
Washington Post: “As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations climb, state and local officials nationwide are sounding the alarm, warning that they’re missing key resources to confront the surge.”
Vox: “Hospitals are running out of staff, supplies, and beds for Covid-19 patients — and this time could be worse”
Bloomberg: “American health-care workers still face dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment as the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 fills hospitals across the nation and threatens patients and workers in long-term care facilities.”
TRUMP STILL HAS NO PLAN: More than four months into this pandemic, Trump said earlier this week that he is still in the process of developing a strategy.
TRUMP: “The China virus is a vicious and dangerous illness, but we’ve learned a great deal about it and who it targets. We are in the process of developing a strategy that’s going to be very, very powerful.”
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