State Update: 13 States Report Significant Increase in Coronavirus Cases, De Blasio Calls on New Yorkers to get Tested Amid Protests, Outbreak In Pacific Northwest Seafood Industry As Season Ramps Up

June 5, 2020

  • The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has increased in many of the states that were among the first to reopen their economies. California and 12 other states reported big increases in COVID-19 cases in a number of urban areas. In Los Angeles County, where there have been nearly 60,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, there was an average of 14 new cases per 100,000 people reported over a two-week time span, which is up from the previous average of 9.6 per 100,000 reported cases. After reopening, North Carolina also noted a spike in new coronavirus cases. As of June 5, state health officials report a total of 33,255 confirmed cases, up from 31,966 cases in its June 4 report. Read on for the rest of the list.
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wants every New Yorker to get a free test for the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 — a recommendation he stressed for the tens of thousands of protesters marching shoulder to shoulder, or mask to mask, throughout the city this past week. De Blasio announced on Wednesday that he was also making the coronavirus test free for all of New York City. He added Friday that there will be two new mobile COVID-19 clinics offering testing in the neighborhoods of Soundview and Kew Gardens starting next week.
  • As America's meat producers confronted thousands of COVID-19 cases, Pacific Northwest seafood companies drafted rigorous plans to ward off similar spread of the disease in an industry where processors also work in close quarters. But just a few weeks into the summer season, the industry has been shaken by its first major outbreak aboard a huge vessel with an onboard fish processing factory. This week, Seattle-based American Seafoods confirmed that 92 crew from its American Dynasty ship had tested positive for COVID-19, nearly three-fourths of the 126 people onboard.

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