US reports record-high number of new COVID-19 cases in a day

Daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. reached a record-breaking 50,000 as 38 states showed an increase in infections and some fear testing shortages and new shutdowns are looming.
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First we want to get to the latest in the coronavirus some truly staggering number, more than 50,000 new cases in the U.S. In a single day. The most yet and worldwide there have been 6 million new cases in just the past month. Now even New York where the cases have been declining putting a pause on indoor dining. We know that the south and west facing rising hospitalizations and those long testing lines as FEMA warns the testing supply chain is under strain. Matt Gutman is in California for us with the very latest. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Hey, good morning, robin. Those numbers really are staggering which is one reason labs like this are working 24/7 and another reason that governors are rolling back those re-openings. Now, California's governor here taking drastic measures saying he's coordinating state agencies including the California highway patrol to strip businesses of their license and counties of their state funding if they are noncompliant. Anything to stop the onslaught. This morning, that alarming new regard, more than 50,000 positive covid test results in the U.S. Reported just on Wednesday. The explosion in demand for tests leading the president's testing chief to warn labs are being pushed to the very brink. That is absolutely correct that some labs across the country are reaching or are near capacity. Reporter: June, a devastating month in the fight against the virus, a quarter of the world's cases are now here in the U.S. Where coronavirus relentlessly gained ground after states began easing stay-at-home restrictions. Now more than 40% of the country reversing course on re-opening. In California, nearly 10,000 new cases in just 24 hours. In Riverside county, icus at 90% capacity and nurses on a ten-day strike, conditions under covid deplorable. I know the ppe shortage is nationwide but our hospital I feel has done a poor job in terms of distributing it and maintaining our supply chain. Reporter: The hospital losing two of its own to covid. We've known these people. We spent holidays with them. You know, we spent birthdays with them. And it's hard. It's hard. We want to do the job that we signed up for. Reporter: Cases skyrocketing in Texas where a record 8,000 cases registered in a single day. But Texas' lieutenant governor both downplaying his state's 2400 deaths and dismissing the nation's top infectious Dr. Anthony Fauci. He has been wrong every time on every issue. I don't need his advice anymore. We'll listen to a lot of science and a lot of doctors and governor Abbott and myself and other state leaders will make the decision, no thank you, Dr. Fauci. Temperature checked three times a day. Reporter: At parkland hospital where they've opened their third covid unit one doctor telling our Marcus Moore he's facing agonizing decisions. I'm having to choose and have conversations about which patients I'm supposed to take care of. Which patients I can't take care of because I got to take care of other patients. I can't even believe I'm having that conversation. Reporter: Arizona reporting a record high of 4900 cases and 88 deaths. Hospitals there too at the brink. It's very hard. Reporter: This man had seven relatives die of covid. At one point his parents and his pregnant wife were all hospitalized. He says his parents are still fighting for their lives today because hospitals are overwhelmed. Supposed to be on ten liters of oxygen and neglected to put him on oxygen so on Sunday night around 11:00 he suffered a major heart attack. Reporter: He's been out of work since March but still Ricardo spent his last few hundred dollars to move his mother's care to his home. You can't put a price tag on somebody that you love on somebody that you care for. Reporter: You can't put a price tag on family. Now, we are in the covid testing lab at Providence St. Joseph. This can spit out results in four, five hours. Other machines in about 20 minutes but they're concerned here as in other hospitals across the country about running out of reagents, swabs, these tubes and that's one reason we're much more likely to see pool testing across the country. That's using one sample to test many people. If one person comes back positive they'll be tested individually but it saves time and money and supplies. Whit. A new strategy the government is looking at.

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