Texas is the first U.S. state to hit 1 million coronavirus cases, nearly double that of New York. NBC reports Texas confirmed 1,000,589 cases of Covid-19 on Friday night, eclipsing California for the highest number of cases. Texas passed California, which has 968,000 cases as of Friday, last month; California is the most
In Montana’s conservative Flathead County, prosecutors and local leaders were turning a blind eye to businesses that flouted state mask and social distancing mandates, even as the area’s COVID infections climbed to their highest levels. Montana is one of the last states to face the possibility of requiring mask use.
Bloomberg reports that in 34 states, the seven-day average of new cases is higher now than it was a month ago. Although the virus has waned in populous states including California and Florida, it is wreaking unprecedented havoc in the Midwest and making an incipient return in parts of the
The number of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 is topping 25% in several states in the U.S. Midwest as cases and hospitalizations also surge in the region, according to a Reuters analysis. The World Health Organization recommends that areas should do enough testing to keep the positive test rate
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered on Friday the total reopening of all restaurants and businesses, a decision that’s been met with backlash as the coronavirus continues to spread statewide. Florida is one of the epicenters of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the United States. There have been nearly 700,000 cases
Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans showed signs of a prior coronavirus infection as of late July, suggesting that the “vast majority” of the population remains susceptible to the virus, according to a large national study published Friday in the Lancet. Researchers performed antibody testing on the plasma of over 28,000
As North Dakota’s coronavirus cases continue to surge, state officials have rescinded a quarantine order, which required close contacts of a COVID-19 case to self-quarantine for two weeks. This comes as the state’s contract tracing administrator says around 70 percent of college students have not been tested for coronavirus, despite
A new national effort asks K-12 schools to voluntarily — and anonymously — report their confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases, along with the safety strategies they’re using. The COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, which NPR is reporting on exclusively, was created with the help of several national education organizations. Right now it