The rollback of reopenings in Arizona, Florida and Texas may have slowed down coronavirus outbreaks in those states.
Arizona reported a 13% decrease in new coronavirus cases over a seven-day period, with only 2,627 cases over the last 24 hours, a decline of 3,022 the same time last week,according to a CNBC. Arizona also saw fewer hospitalizations, with a 14% dip from the prior week to a seven-day average of 2,919.
“It’s due to the fact that people are actually wearing masks. They’re wearing their masks. They’re social distancing. They’re engaging in good personal hygiene,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on “Fox and Friends.”
Coronavirus cases in Texas have dropped by nearly 19% over the last week. On July 20, the state hit its peak in average new daily cases 10,572 over a seven-day period. Since then, the number has gone down to 8,404 new daily cases over last week. Despite the slowing of cases, Texas has a new high of hospitalizations with 10,840 coronavirus patients on Sunday. In addition, the state saw 152 deaths due to the virus.
Florida has also watched its curve begin to flatten after it reached its peak on July 17 with 11,870 cases. Cases on Sunday were at 10,544, representing an 8% decline versus the previous week.
“On the whole, it looks like Arizona, Texas and probably Florida at the very least are starting to hit a plateau,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told “Squawk Box.” “Arizona looks like they’re starting to come down the epidemic curve slowly. I think these are going to be extended plateaus. I think we’re going to hang out at the level of infection that we’re at right now.”
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