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Washington Post, Live Updates: New U.S. cases surpass 56,000, Kim Bellware, Siobhán O’Grady, Hamza Shaban, Hannah Knowles, Jacqueline Dupree, Felicia Sonmez, Colby Itkowitz, Steven Goff and Michael Brice-Saddler, July 3, 2020 (print ed.). Texas issues mandatory mask policy; Walmart transforming 160 store parking lots into drive-ins; In Washington state, no mask means no service
The United States reported more than 56,000 new coronavirus cases Thursday surpassing Wednesday’s record of 52,789 cases, previously the largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data collected by The Washington Post.
Florida on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases of covid-19, marking a new single-day record for the state, which reported 6,563 cases on Wednesday. There were 68 new deaths, for a total of 3,718. It’s the 25th consecutive day that Florida has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average. Georgia, one of the first states to loosen restrictions, joined Florida and several other states in setting single-day records of new cases. Georgia reported 3,472, up from 2,976 on Wednesday.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R), right, on Thursday issued a statewide mandate requiring Texans to wear masks in public in any county with 20 or more positive covid-19 cases — a dramatic move that comes as cases in the state continue to climb. The decision comes as a reversal after Abbott had previously barred local governments from penalizing people who didn’t wear masks in public. On Wednesday, Texas reported 8,076 new cases of the coronavirus.
Washington Post, Pandemic will scar U.S. labor market for the next decade, agency says, Rachel Siegel, July 3, 2020 (print ed.).