Coronavirus cases surge in more than half of the US

A record number of hospitalizations have grown in Texas by 190% since Memorial Day as 18 members of one family became infected after a surprise birthday party.
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to have you with us here on a very busy Thursday night. And we begin tonight with the worsening picture when it comes to the coronavirus. We are now getting descriptions from inside hospitals that we have not heard in months. Ics near capacity, cases rising in 29 states. The governor of Texas today forced to put a pause on the reopening there. Florida's governor addressing the spike in that state. They're in a desperate race now to keep the virus from overwhelming hospitals. And look at this tonight. A new record in the number of cases in the U.S. Nearly 39,000 in a single day. We have not seen that before. You can see the graph showing the alarming trend in recent Texas with a record, nearly 6,000 new cases. And word tonight the Texas medical center in Houston is now at 100% capacity in its icu. Florida reporting more than 5,000 cases for a second straight day. The long lines for testing there. And with the cases skyrocketing, the heated debate now over wearing masks. The new study tonight that suggests if the majority of Americans wore them, it could save some 33,000 lives through the fall. And it's a question so many of you at home have likely wondered. These are just the cases tested we're talking about. Tonight, the head of the CDC warning the actual number of cases in the U.S. Could be as many as ten times higher. Many asymptomatic, but still able to spread it. Tom llamas leading us off tonight from Houston. Reporter: Tonight, a major reversal in one of the first states to open back up. Texas now hitting the brakes on the next phase of reopening. The state's governor refusing to lock down, saying this move is about saving lives and livelihoods. Declaring in a statement, "The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses." But Texas is one of five states reporting a record number of hospitalizations, more than 4,300 on Wednesday, up a staggering 190% since memorial day. One of those patients, esbedy Reyes, diagnosed with covid-19 while pregnant. In November, I was four months pregnant and I had a miscarriage, so, the first thing that came to mind was my baby. Reporter: Reyes felt severely ill. The CDC now warning that pregnant women may have a higher risk. But luckily she received a plasma treatment at memorial Herman hospital helped her beat the virus. She had this message for her doctor. He's probably watching this, what would you tell him? That you saved my life and my baby's life. Reporter: You know, there's probably a lot of women like who, you know, are pregnant. What would you tell them? I was telling them, if they get it, don't give up. Think about your baby. Be strong for your baby, because I feel like the covid will drain your body, like, if you let it. Reporter: The virus is spreading fast throughout this state, infecting 18 members of the Barbosa family in north Texas after they attended a surprise birthday party. My dad's hanging on by a thread. They're in there by themselves with no family, you know? And it's just heartbreaking. Reporter: For the Rodriguez family outside of Houston, no one has to tell them how deadly this virus is. Three members dying in ten days. I was doing everything I could to keep my parents, my father, alive. And it just -- it wasn't enough. Reporter: In Houston, even helicopters are being used to transport covid-19 patients that are critically ill. This life flight chopper sterilized with a robotic uv device. The staff onboard telling us about these difficult missions. The patients that we are transporting are some of the sickest of the sick covid patients that are out there. These patients are on they've been paralyzed with medication. Reporter: Across the country, a record-breaking day in the worst way. Nearly 39,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. Numbers not seen since the peak of this pandemic. And tonight, the CDC warning the actual number of coronavirus cases may be ten times higher than reported. Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was recorded, there actually were ten other infections. Reporter: The CDC estimating 20 million Americans may have been infected, 6% of the country. And that more than 90% of the population is still susceptible to the virus. Around the country, other hot spots still growing. For the second day in a row, more than 5,000 new cases reported in Florida. The governor saying he never said when the state would move to the next phase of reopening. We are where we are. I didn't say we're going onto the next phase. We've done a step-by-step approach. That from Florida today. Tom llamas with us from Houston, Texas tonight. And Tom, you reported there 18 members of one family at a surprise birthday party, now all have covid-19. And that new number you mentioned there, what authorities believe could be the actual real number of cases in the U.S. And it just underscores mow many might have it, not realize it, but who are still able to spread it. Reporter: That's so true, David. The CDC says they got that estimate from antibody tests and they're saying so many of these people that are sick were asymptomatic. Up to 80% in some groups. It's why we have to remain vigilant. We have an update on that mother that we just heard from, the expectant mother, she tells us she's going to have a baby girl, going to name her Ari. Great news. And we are all pulling for that mom. Thank you, Tom.

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