Transcript for 9 states hit record numbers of new coronavirus infections over July 4th
of many developments in the crisis. Take a look at these scenes from the holiday weekend. You see packed beaches and bars which are raising new concerns about the outbreak as the U.S. Continues to set records. The total caseload now approaching 3 million. Florida, one of the hardest hit states as you know and there you see cars lining up early at covid testing sites in Orlando this morning where cases are All across the country, 37 states now reporting an increase in new infections. There have been more than 48,000 reported cases in just the last 24 hours and now hundreds of scientists are sounding the alarm telling the world health organization, robin, they believe the virus is airborne. T.J., as you can imagine that's raising a lot of questions about just how this virus spreads. Will reeve is in Orlando starting us off with the latest. Good morning, will. Reporter: Good morning, robin. It was a record holiday weekend here in Florida. Over 21,000 cases confirmed here and nationwide, images from the fourth of July causing alarm as the virus spreads. This fourth of July weekend Americans gathering nationwide amid the pandemic. In diamond lake, Michigan, hundreds of partyers jammed together, no masks in sight. Social distance protocols apparently ignored. Thousands lining the beaches of Delaware and New Jersey, lake minnetonka and the lake of the ozarks packed with people but elsewhere over the holiday weekend, safety measures observed like this New Hampshire beach. Busy but spread out. This morning, the number of covid-19 cases in the U.S. Continues to rise. 37 states reporting increases. On Saturday, president trump attributing the rising cases to increased testing, but saying that most cases are, quote, totally harmless. We have tested almost 40 million people. By so doing we show cases, the 9% of which are totally Reporter: Hospitalization numbers grow and this weekend Florida setting another record with more than 21,000 new cases. Similar to New York at its worst. People are dying. People are getting sick. A disease we right now are still trying to find out how to even find a cure for. Reporter: Chervin Jones contracted covid-19 and said Florida leaders need to make a change before it's too late. Others reaching grim milestones. Texas with a record number of hospitalizations this past weekend. We don't have room to experiment nor should we wait for all the hospital beds to fill and these people to die before we take action. Reporter: Texas medical center reports icu capacity is at 98%. In California the L.A. County health director says there might not be enough beds for a covid surge requesting hospitals implement decompression plans to handle the stress on capacity. Hospitalizations in Arizona have hit a record high. The mayor of Phoenix lamenting the state's re-opening plan. We opened way too early in Arizona. We were one of the last states to go to stay-at-home and one of the first to re-emerge. Reporter: At the university of Washington which last Tuesday reported 38 cases in several fraternity houses seeing that number more than triple in less than a week. Students urged to take precautions. We're all getting tested this week. Reporter: A Penn state student dying of respiratory failure over the weekend. 21-year-old Juan Garcia tested positive just ten days ago. Now the school trying to trace his contacts. While the school plans to open this fall in a limited fashion, others like the university of Arizona are rethinking their return. If I had to say today would we open, no. Reporter: On Sunday, Broadway actor Nick Cordero who has been fighting against coronavirus since March passing away at 41. His wife Amanda kloots saying on Instagram, quote, I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. People began lining up at this site at 4:30 A.M. It's scheduled to open at 8:00 A.M. But cars have been streaming in. Hopefully there is capacity for everyone. This site runs 200 tests per hour for a total of 1400 tests per day.
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