Texas, Florida, and Arizona are seeing massive spikes in new coronavirus cases, while in Florida, 16 friends went to a reopened bar. After a single night out, all tested positive for COVID-19, as well as 7 employees.
As Florida began easing lockdown restrictions, a bar in Jacksonville, Lynch’s Irish Pub, was able to reopen. After months of being stuck indoors, on June 6, a healthcare worker along with fifteen friends got together at the bar for a night out, People reported.
Eight days later, Erika Crisp, a medical worker began feeling sick and having shortness of breath. She tested positive for COVID-19. The fifteen friends who had accompanied her to the bar also tested positive.
The bar then tested its 49 employees, and seven of them tested positive for coronavirus. The bar’s manager voluntarily closed the bar for deep cleaning, which led to four other bars in the area also deciding to close and clean their facilities. The bars plan to reopen this week.
Erika Crisp is the care management assistant at a medical center who contracted COVID-19 at the bar, along with 22 others, saying she learned from the experience and has a warning for everyone.
“I think we were careless, and we went out into a public place when we should not have,” Crisp said. “And we were not wearing masks. I think we had a whole ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality.”
“We should be wearing masks,” Crisp added. “We should be social distancing. It was too soon to open everything back up.”
Florida reported 2,703 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the third time in four days that the state exceeded over 2,000 new cases. However, Governor Ron DeSantis said he is not “rolling back” restrictions and has no plans of “shutting down” again even though COVID-19 cases are increasing in the state.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is urging residents of his state to stay home as the Lone Star State set a daily new record of 2,622 new cases on Tuesday, marking the fifth consecutive day of rising hospitalizations. There are currently 2,518 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, The Hill reported.
“If you do not need to go out, the best advice is still to stay at home,” Abbott said during an Austin press conference. The governor also said testing for nursing homes is nearing 100 percent and that over half of the state’s inmate population has been tested.
On Tuesday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported a record 2,392 new coronavirus cases. It is the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported since the outbreak started, AZfamily reported.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego tweeted: “Arizonans are getting mixed messages and it’s impacting public health. Even as Mayor I struggle to stay current on changing guidelines. One thing is certain, AZ is in a crisis and we need to do more.”
Arizona Mayor Doug Ducey said health officials will continue to concentrate on more testing, and that state leaders will continue to work on Arizona’s gradual phased-in reopening.
America’s top infectious disease expert, Doctor Anthony Fauci, is dismissing talk of a second wave of COVID-19, saying that the nation is still battling through the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
People keep talking about a second wave,” Fauci told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “We’re still in a first wave.”
States may say they’re in this particular stage, but then you might find people are not adhering to the guidelines,” Dr. Fauci said in a separate interview with NPR. “That’s clearly increasing the risk and likely explaining some of the upticks you’re seeing.”