Of the new cases only 10 states are showing downward trends and 19 states are stable.
But in most states, “not only is the number of infections continuing to rise, test positivity rates continue to go in the wrong direction,” emergency medical doctor Dr Lena Wen said Monday.
“We are seeing more than a dozen states with a test positivity of more than 10%. There are two states, Idaho and South Dakota – where the test positivity is more than 20%,” Wen said.
“That means not only do we have an increase in infections in these states, we don’t even have enough tests.”
Cases ‘grow at a terrible rate’ in some parts of NYC
For the first time since early June, New York State reported more than 1,000 new cases on Saturday – prompting the government to warn Andrew Cuomo that the virus “remains a force to be reckoned with nationwide.”
“As we move into the fall and flu season, New Yorkers will need to continue with the basic behaviors that drive our ability to fight Covid-19,” Cuomo said. “Wearing masks, being socially isolated and washing hands can make a very critical difference.”
New York State boasts a test passivity rate of less than 1% per month. With the test positivity rate hovering around 1.02% in recent days, that series has broken down.
“We can’t leave our guard,” Cuomo warned.
This is especially true as public schools in New York City reopen to students this week. But authorities may decide to close schools, restrict meetings and issue fines for not wearing masks.
Authorities suppress large gatherings
Authorities are now intensifying efforts to end meetings where the virus could easily spread.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said about 300 of the sheriff’s aides were married Friday evening in Queens.
Both the owner and manager of the platform face multiple abuse charges.
In Maryland, a man was sentenced to one year in prison after organizing two major parties in late March against the state’s social distance regulations – which banned more than 10 meetings, according to Governor Larry Hogan’s office.
The state attorney’s office said one man began arguing after being told to dissolve his first party of about 50 people. Five days later, he organized a second party of more than 50 people, which he refused to end, saying they had the right to convene.
CNN’s Laura Lai, Sheena Jones, Anna Sturla, Dakin Andon and Chuck Johnston contributed to the report.