They’re among 26 states — a number also on the rise — that are seeing new cases increase compared to the previous week.
In too many places, the pandemic is quickly “spiraling out of control,” one expert said.
“We were able to control and contain the virus because of these shelter-in-place orders. Americans sacrificed so much for that to happen, people lost their jobs, kids went out of school and that was to buy us time,” said Dr. Leana Wen, who previously served as Baltimore City Health Commissioner.
But instead, many places remained unprepared and reopened far too soon and far too quickly — leading to the latest surges. It’s a stark contrast with other parts of the world, including countries in Europe, which lowered their case counts with the help of longer lockdowns and have now begun to slowly reopen.
More than 2,347,000 have been infected across the US with the virus since the beginning of the pandemic and at least 121,225 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The country accounts for a quarter of both the world’s total infections and total global deaths.
‘Safest place for you is at your home’
At least 26 states are seeing a rise in cases compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Those states include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
He added the state is continuing to reinforce the ideas of mask wearing and social distancing in areas such as bars, which are often experiencing overcrowding.
That comes days after the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission temporarily suspended alcohol permits of at least 12 bars in the state found to be violating coronavirus-related protocols.
EU considering if US travelers will be allowed in
Meanwhile, European Union member states are discussing barring visitors from several countries, including the US, EU officials told CNN.
The EU is working with member nations to decide which travelers would be considered safe to visit the bloc starting July 1. That criteria will be focused on the “circulation of the virus,” one EU diplomat said.
Officials will also look at a checklist that asks whether travelers come from a country that can “be considered as being in a comparable or better epidemiological situation as the average in the EU+ area.”
In a statement, the State Department said it advised Americans to continue checking the websites of relevant embassies for information including on entry restrictions and quarantine policies.
“We are committed to coordinating with our European partners and allies as we look forward to reopening our economies and easing restrictions,” the statement said.
States remaining steady
Meanwhile, cases in 10 states are holding at a steady pace. Those states include Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.
Cases are on the decline in 14 states: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont.
Experts have expressed concern that even states who may be seeing temporary dips in cases could begin seeing dangerous rises again as they begin reopening and more residents venture out.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Tuesday beaches will be open for swimming starting July 1.
“Let’s keep playing it safe: social distance & face coverings, even at the beach!”
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy urged younger populations to continue heeding guidelines as officials across the country report more young groups get sick.
“We’ve seen an INCREASE in the percentage of #COVID19 cases between the ages of 18-29,” he said on Twitter. “Do the right thing. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Don’t be a knucklehead.”
CNN’s Kylie Atwood, Cheri Mossburg and Jen Christensen contributed to this report.