On Sunday, Johns Hopkins – the university largely credited for tracking U.S. COVID cases throughout the pandemic – recorded 11 million total cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. since January. This news came as two states, California and Texas, recorded 1 million positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Those are the first two states to hit that grim milestone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest weekly report noted that increases in cases across the Central and Mountain regions were higher than at any other point during the pandemic. The country as a whole hit 10.5% positivity last week compared to 8.4% the week prior.
According to that report, the sole state at “Very High” risk was Iowa. On Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a 6 p.m. CST press conference to address the rising COVID cases in the state, including record-setting positive cases and deaths on an almost daily basis.
The state does not have a full mask mandate in place, but Reynolds announced more places where masks must be worn last week. There was no limit set on restaurant capacity at press time…