U.S. Record Case Numbers – Texas Gov. Orders Face Masks

The U.S. surpassed its previous one-day coronavirus case total on Thursday, with a record-high number of 50,655 new cases, according to a report released by Johns Hopkins. This brings the total number of positive cases in the U.S. to more than 2.7 million since the start of the pandemic. To date, over 128,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Public health officials are preparing for another spike in deaths, which usually occurs about 4-5 weeks past a rise in positive cases. Texas has been among the states reporting the highest increases lately, with numbers growing daily. Governor Abbot, on Thursday, finally issued a mandate that citizens must wear face masks in public where social distancing is not possible. The announcement came after city health officials urged the governor to issue the ordinance.