Photo (c) zubada - Getty ImagesMore than 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States on Tuesday, marking a grim new record for cases reported in a 24-hour period. "And that has shown itself in the range of successes in controlling the impact of COVID-19 we have seen". Worldwide, only 20 countries other than the US have hit that number. "Most of the time in the beginning, it was a lot of the elderly population, but we're actually seeing that number decrease, and we're seeing younger individuals struggling with COVID now".
In West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice reversed course and ordered the wearing of face masks indoors, joining other state leaders around the country. That takes the total positive cases in the state past 2,10,000 and the death toll in the state has crossed 3,800 marks.
To date, Texas has reported more than 210,000 cases, including 2715 deaths.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened he "may cut off funding" for schools that do not reopen, although it was unclear how the federal government could exert significant financial pressure on state and local school systems.
The biggest jumps occurred in Texas and California, the two largest USA states, with more than 10,000 each.
Vice President Mike Pence told "Special Report" Tuesday that American schools must reopen as usual this autumn despite the coronavirus pandemic because "we can't let our kids fall behind academically".
Trump did not provide evidence that Democrats "think it would be bad for them politically" if schools reopened. "We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day".
The US has seen a 27 percent increase in new COVID-19 cases in the last week compared to the previous seven days.
California, Texas and Florida are among two dozen states reporting high infection rates as a percentage of diagnostic tests conducted over the past week - an alarming sign of a virus still spreading largely unchecked throughout much of the country. The country has less than 5% of the world's population, but it has about 25% of the world's coronavirus cases - a proportion that has changed little since USA case totals began to skyrocket in the spring.
Tornadoes killed 1,468 people across the US over that same 20-year span, according to the NWS and NOAA. But some Americans - from MA to Florida to Washington state - have fought against state or county mandates that require face masks.
"The biggest issue I see is a lack of emphasis on public health across the U.S.", Bednarczyk says.
"What we're seeing now is a ideal example of what happens when we do not support our public health infrastructure and public health workers". Trump also announced in mid-April that his administration would halt USA funding to the WHO.