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COVID-19 AMA: Orange County Officials Monitor Hospitalization Spike, Stop Short Of Saying It Should Slow Reopening




Patrons relax with a drink on the patio at Phyllis' Musical Inn on June 17, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
Patrons relax with a drink on the patio at Phyllis' Musical Inn on June 17, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
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As public health officials across the country continue to monitor new cases and hospitalizations amid many states reopening their economies, Orange County said Wednesday they’ve seen a 76 percent jump in hospitalizations in the last week, but added that the trend doesn’t necessarily mean that reopening should be slowed down, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Speaking of states monitoring increases in cases as reopenings continue, public health officials in Florida say the state has shattered its previous record for the number of coronavirus cases recorded in a day, according to data released Thursday. The Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported 85,926 coronavirus cases statewide, a daily jump of 3,207 cases, the largest daily increase since the start of the pandemic in March. The previous record - 2,783 cases - occurred Tuesday. The state has had at least 3,061 related deaths. At least some of the increase reflects expanded testing especially among people who are younger and without symptoms. But the rate of positive tests also has been ticking upward in recent days, raising alarm.

Today on Airtalk, we’ll look at these headlines and others on the novel coronavirus, and we’ll take your questions for our expert epidemiologist at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Timothy Brewer, M.D., epidemiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA’s school of public health; has served on the advisory boards of the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention