Florida and Texas have again set state records for coronavirus deaths, reporting the new highs on Thursday, as coronavirus deaths have steadily climbed during July in the United States.
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Texas reported 129 new deaths Thursday, setting a new record for a second-straight day.
The sobering numbers from Texas came just hours after Florida , which gives its coronavirus update in the morning, broke its record for coronavirus deaths, with 156, topping the old record set just one week earlier.
But there was a positive note from Thursday’s statistics: hospitalizations have now dropped for two straight days in Texas for the first time since Memorial Day.
Deaths have risen during the month of July nationwide, ending what had been a steady fall in deaths starting in late April.
The rise is coming from a wider range of states than what pushed death tolls earlier in the pandemic, when New York alone went weeks regularly reporting over 500 cases a day, peaking around 1,000 deaths a day at its height.
Major indicators suggest the death count will continue to climb. According to The COVID Tracking Project, hospitalizations in the U.S. are at their highest numbers since April. The U.S. is also now regularly reporting over 60,000 new cases a day, by far the highest since the pandemic began, but significantly more tests are also being done compared to the first major surge in March and April. Deaths generally lag behind increases in infections and hospitalizations.
138,072. That’s how many people have died of coronavirus in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.