June 10, 2020
Public health officials have reported an increase in new coronavirus cases in 19 states, prompting some states to activate emergency plans, according to CNN.
Arizona's state health director sent a letter to hospitals that urged them to "fully activate" their emergency plans, according to AZ Central. Hospitals should also prepare for crisis care and delay elective surgeries if they have a shortage of hospital beds or staff, according to the letter.
Across the US, 19 states are seeing an increase in cases, 24 are seeing a decrease, and seven are steady. Nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases and more than 112,000 deaths have been reported in the U.S. alone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In addition, nine states have reported an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since Memorial Day, according to The Washington Post, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Oregon, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi.
Public health officials have expressed concerns about a spike in new COVID-19 cases as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. They're now recording cases that may have occurred during the Memorial Day weekend.
Another peak may come as people who attended racial injustice protests during the past 2 weeks get tested. Officials in several cities, including Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York, have encouraged people who attended protests to get tested.
"You could have an exposure and it will not come through a contact tracing system. Nobody knows that you were there. Nobody has your name," Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, said during a press conference on Monday.