WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The recent increase of coronavirus related deaths in the U.S came from six different states from the South and the West.
- Texas is now facing more than 400,000 coronavirus cases, making it the fourth state to reach that mark, including New York, California, and Florida.
- The new COVID-19 statistics have sparked a nationwide debate on whether schools should be in-person or online.
At least six states in the U.S on the South and West listed a single-day surge for COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday.
On the same day, cases in Texas has reached more than 400,000 as health officials in California announced more than half of the numbers are Latinos.
States such as California, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Montana, and Oregon also reported an increase in coronavirus-related deaths.
On Tuesday, over 1,300 died in the United States, the highest single-day spike since May, as indicated on a recent Reuters tally.
Health experts from California observed that Latinos, who comprise more than a third of the country’s most populated state, make up at least 56% of coronavirus infections and around 46% of casualties.
Cases shoot up in the Central Valley agricultural areas, and with its high Latino population, hospitals are now overwhelmed with patients. On Tuesday, the state listed 171 fatalities.
Florida state health department said that in less than 24 hours, 191 COVID-19 deaths were recorded.
On Monday, Texas reached an additional 6,000 plus new infections, making the total 401,477, a Reuters tally reported. Aside from Texas, only the states of New York, California, and Florida have over 400,000 cases.
Texas and California reported reductions in hospitalizations as U.S. infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the spikes could be reaching its peak in the South and West.
Fauci also observed that initial indicators tell the percentage of confirmed COVID-19 tests growing in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana.
The latest numbers have triggered a nationwide argument about the reopening of schools in the forthcoming weeks. President Donald Trump repeatedly stressed that students should be back to school, while some educators and local leaders have pushed for online classes.
The Texas Education Agency, the administrator of the state’s public education, announced it would defund schools that halts in-person sessions as per coronavirus pandemic directives of local health officials.
Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton released an order telling health officials cannot enforce closures to schools because to curb the spread of coronavirus, as that decision only lies with school officials.
Local health authorities in Texas, such as Dallas and Houston, have announced the postponement of physical classes.