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.
Ann Sullivan is a contributing staff writer covering national and world news topics. She brings dedicated experience having written international and domestic news, blogs, and web content for over 20 years. She’s also a published poet and graphic designer with degrees in Business and Graphic Communications and has been a music distributor, music industry sponsorship sales director and band manager.