Virginia recorded the highest daily total of coronavirus cases in two weeks, just two days before the state enters phase one of reopening.
On Thursday, officials reported 1,067 new cases, most in one day and the highest since 1,055 on May 1.
According to WHSV19.5 percent of the recent tests came back positive, a higher percentage than the current average of 14 percent.
The new numbers are worrying, especially with regard to non-essential companies that are allowed to open with restrictions starting Friday at 12:01 a.m., and health officials suggesting a rate of 10 percent or lower before reopening.
Virginia isn’t the only state to see peaks pending reopening plans, however. Texas, Louisiana, and Florida are all seeing increases in cases, even as their governors continue to reopen plans.
On Thursday, health officials in Virginia reported 1,067 new cases of coronavirus, most in one day and the highest since May 1 (photo)
Northern Virginia postpones opening to at least May 28 due to a 25% positive test rate (above)
Accomack County and the City of Richmond, which have the third and second highest number of cases, are exempt from the reopening (photo)
A commuter bus is blocked by protesters in vehicles protesting lockdown measures in Richmond, Virginia, April 24
News of the peak in Virginia prompted several regions to request a postponement of reopening.
Governor Ralph Northam has granted requests for Accomack County, which has the third highest number of cases, and the city of Richmond.
“As I said before, Virginia’s Phase One guidelines represent a floor, not a ceiling,” Northam said in a statement.
“I have encouraged local leaders to apply for waivers where appropriate, and I am pleased to allow delays for both Accomack County and the city of Richmond.”
According to WAVY, Accomack, with a population of about 32,000, saw its cases come mainly from two chicken plans.
This is similar to states such as Nebraska and Iowa, where infections among workers in meat processing plants have risen.
Surprisingly, the county had fallen nearly 600 more than Virginia Beach, the state’s largest city with a population of more than 450,000, WAVY reported.
Meanwhile, the city of Richmond has arrived Richmond County, which has the second highest number of cases.
Northern Virginia also postpones the opening until at least May 29 because it has been so badly hit.
WAVY reported that the region reported a positive 25 percent test rate, while most of the state sees a rate of about 10 percent.
More than two-thirds of Thursday’s new business came from Northern Virginia.
Some officials have said the numbers in Virginia are not to be feared because the state has stepped up testing.
On Thursday, Virginia conducted 5,467 new tests, closer to the goal of 10,000 tests per day.
In addition, the large number of cases that come from Northern Virginia are said to be skewed test results.
Other states are also seeing spikes as they prepare to reopen. For example, Louisiana saw a large increase in COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row.
On Thursday, Lousiaina’s health officials reported a jump of more than 600 new cases on Thursday, the largest increase in one day
Texas reported the largest increase in daily cases and deaths, but Gov Greg Abbott said he continues to reopen plans. Pictured: A woman wearing a face mask to protect against COVID-19 passes a reopened company in San Antonio, May 14
Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to announce the reopening of gyms in Florida on Friday. Pictured: Guests wearing face masks visit the Universal Orlando CityWalk while sections reopened May 14
The States Health Department reported a jump of more than 600 new cases on Thursday, the largest one-day increase in Louisiana since May 1
Yet, Governor John Bel Edwards said that he will still lift the state’s residence on Friday, May 15.
And on Sundays, churches and other places of worship are allowed to reopen with 25 percent capacity.
Texas reported another 1,448 new cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, an increase of about 3% from the previous day, bringing the total number of known cases to 43,851.
In addition, Texas reported the largest increase in daily cases and deaths.
Officials registered 1,448 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, a three percent increase from the previous day, and 58 news deaths, a five percent jump from Wednesday.
Still, governor Greg Abbott said he will announce a new set of reopening plans on Monday.
“We will open Texas as soon as possible and also include the spread of COVID-19,” he said KETK TV on Wednesday.
And in Florida, state health officials reported in total 43,210 coronavirus cases and 1,875 deaths.
But Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to announce the reopening of gyms on Friday, has not affected the news. Fox 35 Orlando.
Gyms wouldn’t be reopened until Phase 2, but DeSantis said he felt it was important for residents to have access to fitness centers.
“First of all, this is a virus, if you’re in good shape, you’ll probably be fine,” he said at a news conference on Thursday.
“So why would we want to stop people from getting in shape?”