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Coronavirus Updates: U.S. Records More than 50,000 New Cases for Three Straight Days

By Jan Wesner Childs

July 04 2020 02:48 PM EDT

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At a Glance

  • An 11-year-old boy in Miami died of COVID-19.
  • More than 30 Major League Baseball players have tested positive.
  • ICU beds are at or nearing capacity in some hotspots.

The U.S. has recorded more than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 for three straight days.

The country surpassed that number for the first time Wednesday, and topped it again on Thursday and Friday.

The only other country with more cases in a single day is Brazil, which has the second highest number of infections overall behind the U.S.

The grim milestone came as many people across the nation flocked to Fourth of July gatherings and celebrations, although many communities canceled annual fireworks shows.

More than 2.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 129,575 people have died across the nation. Worldwide, more than 521,000 people have died, and the total number of infections topped 11 million on Saturday.

Latest Developments

United States:

-Intensive care units were over capacity at Texas Medical Center, the world's largest hospital complex, the Washington Post reported. Other hospitals throughout the state were also filling up.

-Arizona reported a record 3,113 patients in hospitals due to COVID-19 on Saturday. Ninety percent of the state's intensive care beds were being used, according to the Post.

-An 11-year-old boy from Miami is the youngest person in Florida to die from COVID-19. The boy, who had other health issues, died Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital, according to the Miami Herald. Miami-Dade County has had more than 44,000 known cases of COVID-19, the fifth highest of any county in the nation. Florida as a whole has more than 190,000 cases and reported a record number of new infections on Saturday.

-States across the nation are reporting delays in testing due to increased demand.

WILDWOOD, NJ - JULY 03: A family waits in line at the entrance to an amusement pier on July 3, 2020 in Wildwood, New Jersey.  New Jersey beaches have reopened for the July 4th holiday as some coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, along with casinos, amusement rides and water parks at limited capacity. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A family waits in line at the entrance to an amusement pier on July 3, 2020 in Wildwood, New Jersey. New Jersey beaches have reopened for the July 4th holiday as some coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, along with casinos, amusement rides and water parks at limited capacity.
(Mark Makela/Getty Images)

-Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top Trump campaign fundraiser and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to South Dakota for a Fourth of July celebration the president attended at Mt. Rushmore. Guilfoyle was tested ahead of the event and did not attend.

-More than 30 Major League Baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the league's first round of testing, ESPN reported. Players were tested as they resumed training at their home ballparks on Friday. The positive tests were across 19 of 30 teams.

-Seven time NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson has also tested positive. Johnson’s test results came back Friday afternoon and he will sit out Sunday’s double header NASCAR Cup Series and NTT IndyCar Series Brickyard 400 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the first NASCAR driver known to have the disease.

-The Cobb County School District, which includes parts of metro Atlanta, voted to delay the start of the new year by two weeks, The Associated Press reported. The new planned start date is Aug. 17. Fulton County, where Atlanta is the county seat, had previously announced a similar move.

Worldwide:

-Authorities in Spain ordered a lockdown in the northeastern part of the country due to outbreaks of COVID-19, CNN reported. The restrictions affect more than 200,000 people and are the first to go into effect since the country lifted its state emergency on June 21.

-British pubs and restaurants reopened Saturday, and weddings are once again allowed, although with a limit of 30 guests.

-Japan recorded more than 100 new cases for the third day in a row on Saturday, sparking fears of a resurgence of infections, the AP reported. Gov. Yuriko Koike urged people to avoid nonessential out-of-town trips.

For the latest coronavirus information in your county and a full list of important resources to help you make the smartest decisions regarding the disease, check out our dedicated COVID-19 page.

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