WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Several new coronavirus cases have been recorded in six U.S. states: Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
- In a single day, Ohio saw a 1,840 rise in new cases while Montana’s nearly 3,000 cases were twice the number of cases reported in the past two weeks.
- State officials urged residents to continue exercising caution by following health measures such as mask use and social distancing.
Six U.S. states have all recorded new coronavirus cases, setting record highs in a single day.
NBC News reported Friday on new infections in Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
Ohio reported 1,840 new cases in a single day while Oklahoma reported 1,524.
While there is no reason as to why cases are still rising, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) thinks it’s because people aren’t following precautions.
“The best way to summarize it, I think, is that people are simply not being cautious,” the governor said. “We’re sick of wearing masks, we’re sick of all of this, and I get it, but we’ve got to hang in there for our kids. We’ve got to hang in there for ourselves,” he added.
Furthermore, NBC News‘ tally revealed almost 3,000 new cases in Missouri with a record single-day death toll at 129. West Virginia also saw a rise in cases with 382 infections on Friday while there were 722 in Montana and 656 in North Dakota.
According to the tally, cases in Montana have increased twofold within the past two weeks, compared to the prior two weeks, with COVID-19 related deaths soaring to 230 percent.
“The path forward is simple if only Montanans follow the guidelines and restrictions we have in place. This is the path that will save lives, and it will keep our schools, our main street businesses, and our communities open and safe,” Gov. Steve Bullock tweeted Friday.
Meanwhile, cases in New Mexico, New Hampshire, and Vermont have almost doubled within the past two weeks.
New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales called on residents to “not lose all the good progress we’ve made on COVID-19” by continuing mask use and physical distancing.
White House coronavirus task force organizer, Dr. Deborah Birx, said they have observed that transmission of the virus has been seen more in people attending small gatherings than people going into public places.
“What we’re seeing is, we take down our guard when we’re with people we know,” she said, adding that some people can have the virus and be asymptomatic.
The World Health Organization announced 350,766 new infection cases on Friday, including over 109,000 from Europe alone. The newly reported cases are said to almost exceed the 12,000 cases recorded earlier this week.
Source: NBC News