Texas and Florida report record daily coronavirus deaths as hospitalizations also rise

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Texas and Florida hit a grim record Monday for daily coronavirus deaths based on a seven-day moving average, as hospitalizations continue to rise in 34 states across the United States.

Texas and Florida had a record average of new daily deaths six times in the previous seven days.Texas recorded a seven-day average of 118.57 new deaths on Monday, nearly 39% more than a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The state also reported a record average daily new cases with more than 10,572 cases per day in the past seven days as of Monday, up more than 15% from a week ago, according to the CNBC analysis. The average number of hospitalizations in the state has increased by more than 6% since last week after reporting a new high of 10,564 Covid-19 hospitalizations on Monday, according to CNBC’s analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project.

Texas officials and funeral home directors have ordered additional body bags and refrigerated trucks as they prepare for an increase in deaths from Covid-19.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 14 refrigerated trucks to the state this week, in addition to the eight already sent, to serve as temporary morgues.

“The directors I spoke to last week are either full or overcapacity, hence the reason they had to bring the trailers,” said Gene Allen, president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott last month suspended the state’s plan to reopen after reporting a record increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. After businesses began reopening in May, it saw widespread infection with the virus and a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases.

Abbott also issued an executive order in early July requiring residents of the state to wear face masks in public spaces in counties with at least 20 positive coronavirus cases.

“We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so Texans can continue to earn a salary, but that requires each of us to do our part to protect each other – and that means wearing a face mask in public spaces, “he said in a press release.

Florida has broken its record for average new daily deaths for two consecutive days. His seven-day average of new daily deaths was 113.57 on Monday – a jump of about 59% from last week, according to CNBC’s analysis of Johns Hopkins data.

The state has reported record spikes in new daily cases in recent months since it allowed businesses to reopen.

Florida reported 12,523 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, marking the fifth day in a row that the hotspot state has reported more than 10,000 new infections, according to the state’s health department.

Hospitalizations have also increased in recent weeks. As of Monday, hospitalizations increased to 9,489 Covid-19 patients statewide, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Since Florida began reporting hospitalization data on July 10, the number of coronavirus patients has increased 36%.

“The people here are terrified and I am terrified, for the first time in my career because there is a lack of leadership,” Democratic Representative Donna Shalala, whose district is in Miami-Dade County, said on Sunday. , on the ABC show. The week. “” It’s terrible. We have community spread, which means the virus is out of control. ”

– CNBC I want fire, Noah Higgins-Dunn and Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.

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