For This Fourth of July, Officials Say Celebrate Freedom by Staying Home

Festivities may be more muted two years after this Fourth of July parade in Round Top, Texas. The state set a daily high with more than 8,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday.
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Date of Publication: July 2, 2020

Source: New York Times

As cases of COVID-19 surge in the United States, up to 50,000+ cases in one day as of yesterday, July 1, Fourth of July celebrations south of the border are being ground to a halt. Although many places around the United States had implemented stay-at-home orders back in March at the onset of the pandemic, many states opened too early and are now setting single-day reporting records of COVID-19. Texas reported more than 8,000 new cases, North Carolina reported more than 1,750 new cases, and Tennessee reported more than 1,500 new cases. This has led to health officials across the country to urge the public to reconsider their holiday plans in an effort to stem the spread as well as to make later contact tracing efforts more feasible. Instead of attending large-scale celebrations, state leaders are suggesting that people host celebrations at home. However, in the face of surging novel coronavirus cases, the US Government is continuing to plan celebrations that are projected to attract more than 300,000 people in places like South Dakota and Washington D.C., the nation’s capital. Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota told Fox News that “we won’t be social distancing”.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang