Coronavirus updates: Hard-hit Wisconsin reports record high daily death toll

Hospitalizations have nearly tripled over the last month, the governor said.

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide.

Over 37.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis -- through clinical means or a lab test -- has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 215,549 deaths.

California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 858,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 821,000 cases and over 738,000 cases, respectively.

More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.

University of Florida pauses football activities

The University of Florida’s football team has paused team activities after an increase in the number of players testing positive for COVID-19 this week, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said in a statement Tuesday.

Dan Mullen, Florida's head coach, "has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week's opponent Texas A&M, and this week's opponent LSU," Stricklin said. "These circumstances will be re-evaluated by UF Health and the athletic department's sports medicine staff Wednesday."

ABC News' Ben Stein contributed to this report.

Wisconsin reports record high deaths

Hard-hit Wisconsin reported a record high daily death toll of 34 on Tuesday, bringing the state's total fatalities to 1,508, officials said.

Hospitalizations have nearly tripled over the last month, Gov. Tony Evers said at a news conference.

An alternate care facility at Wisconsin’s State Fair Park will open Wednesday with a 530-patient capacity to help alleviate some of the strain on the health care systems, Evers said.

Wisconsin's confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 3,279 in one day, now at a total of 155,471.

"We let down our guard," Evers said. “The disillusion of Safer at Home. The state has disengaged from thoughtful mitigation practices.”

"Limit your errands to the essentials as much as you can," added Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm.

ABC News’ Rachel Katz contributed to this report.

Philadelphia Eagles to welcome fans back this weekend

A few thousand Philadelphia Eagles fans will be allowed to return to the stadium for this Sunday’s game.

A new city rule going into effect Friday allows up to 7,500 people at very large outdoor venues, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced Tuesday.

Face coverings are required for everyone ages 2 and up, and all fans must social distance from each other, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI reported. Concession purchases will all be cashless, WPVI added.

The Eagles are “very precise when it comes to following a plan,” Mayor Jim Kenney said at a Tuesday conference. “Very strict rules when it comes to masks. And no tailgating.”

ABC News' Ben Stein contributed to this report.

No. 1 ranked golfer tests positive

No. 1 ranked golfer Dustin Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from THE CJ CUP tournament, which begins on Thursday in Nevada, the PGA TOUR said.

Johnson was tested after experiencing symptoms, the PGA said.

"Obviously, I am very disappointed," Johnson said in a statement released by the PGA. "I was really looking forward to competing this week, but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible. I have already had a few calls with the TOUR’s medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me."

ABC News’ Josh Hoyos contributed to this report.

US reports more than 41,000 new cases

There were 41,653 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The latest daily tally is down by less than 3,000 from the previous day and falls well under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.

An additional 317 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Monday, down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.

A total of 7,804,336 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 215,086 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country's cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.

Week-over-week comparisons show the number of new cases reported across the nation continues to go up, as does the usage of intensive care units, but the number of new deaths are down, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News last week.