U.S. Hits Record High Single-Day COVID-19 Increase Since April

California, Texas, & Florida, have hit record highs. The EU could ban American travelers. And New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut mandate incoming travelers from hotspots to quarantine.

A healthcare worker administers a COVID-19 test in a drive-thru testing site in Tampa, FL. Getty Images

The U.S. has broken a new record for a single-day increase in coronavirus cases, with spikes in the country’s three most populous states.

On Wednesday, the U.S. reported 34,720 new COVID-19 cases, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The new case count exceeded the last record-high single-day jump in April, though there is conflicting reporting on which April date served as the peak.

All 50 U.S. states have eased restrictions since implementing stay-at-home rules in March.

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization said that more than 183,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported worldwide on Sunday, marking the largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic started. As of Wednesday, the U.S. reported more than 2.4 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins.

29 States Report Increases Of COVID-19

According to data collected by the New York Times, 29 states have reported an increase in daily cases over the last 14 days.

California, Texas, and Florida—the three most populous U.S. states—have reported record-high numbers of single-day cases in the last few weeks.

Florida has consistently hit record high numbers of single-day cases since mid-June. On Tuesday, the state health department reported more than 5,400 new cases of COVID-19—breaking the previous state record on June 20. The state started its full Phase 1 reopening plan on May 18, and daily cases have steadily increased since then.

Texas has paused its reopening plan as of Thursday, the governor announced, after the state reported more than 5,500 new cases of COVID-19 the previous day. The count on Wednesday marked the highest number of cases in a single day since the coronavirus outbreak began. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ® allowed the state to begin its phased reopening plan on May 1. The businesses that were allowed to reopen as part of the state’s phased plan will be allowed to stay open despite the pause.

Local news outlets reported Tuesday that ICUs in Texas have become so overwhelmed with patients that Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston began admitting adult patients.

“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” Abbott said in a statement on Thursday. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business.”

In California, the state also hit a record high on Tuesday, reporting more than 7,100 new COVID-19 cases—an increase of more than 2,000 cases since the previous day. Los Angeles County leads the state with more than 88,000 cases of COVID-19.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a proclamation of a budget emergency on Thursday in response to the COVID-19 spike. The proclamation would allow the state to use its rainy day fund for additional resources to address the coronavirus crisis.

New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey issued a joint incoming travel advisory effective Thursday, mandating any person who comes into the three states from a state “with significant community spread of COVID-19” to self-quarantine for 14 days. The mandate applies to travelers coming from states that have a positive test rate of more than 10% over a 7-day rolling average.

“In New York, we went from the highest number of cases to some of the lowest rates in the country - no one else had to bend the curve as much as we did and now we have to make sure that the rate continues to drop in our entire region,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said in the announcement.

Nationwide Protests Haven’t Contributed To Case Spikes, Study Found

A recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research analyzed 315 of the largest U.S. cities and found no spike in COVID-19 cases in the three weeks after the start of Black Lives Matter protests. ⁠

Researchers also found that “stay-at-home behavior” and physical distancing actually increased in the weeks following the protests. The study concludes that “predictions of broad negative public health consequences of Black Lives Matter protests were far too narrowly conceived.”

European Union Countries Might Bar U.S. Travelers

All 27 member states under the EU are compiling a list of which travelers would be allowed to enter its borders, the New York Times reported.

According to draft lists obtained by the Times, the EU is outlining the list of countries with acceptable visitors based on their ability to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The U.S. is reportedly deemed a risk and has been excluded from the lists. Visitors from other countries including Brazil and Russia will also not be allowed to travel to the EU.

The final list is expected to be announced next week ahead of July 1.