The record-setting number from Saturday was reported by the state Sunday morning.
Across the country, more than half the states are dealing with increased rates of new cases compared to last week. And more than half the states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans in hopes of getting coronavirus under control.
Now, some state and local leaders are at odds over what to do next.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp slammed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision to move the city’s reopening back to phase 1, saying it was “merely guidance — both non-binding and legally unenforceable.”
In Florida, US Rep. Donna Shalala said places like Miami are getting closer to shutting down for a second time.
“This is an American tragedy,” she said. “It’s out of control across the state because our governor won’t even tell everybody to wear masks,” she said.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told CNN on Sunday that hospitals in the city are reaching full capacity.
Almost 1,900 Covid-19 patients in Miami Beach have been hospitalized, with 400 in intensive care and 200 on ventilators, Gelber said.
“We’re going to have to start moving regular beds into ICU beds,” Gelber said. “We’re clearly being strained at this point.”
The mayor said he is frustrated by the response from the federal and state governments to combat the spread of the virus.
“There’s a total disconnect between what is happening and what is being said out of Washington and even Tallahassee, unfortunately, and what is happening in some of these communities right here,” Gelber said.
How states are trending
At least 33 states are seeing higher rates of new cases compared to the previous week, according to the Johns Hopkins data.
Those states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Fourteen states are holding steady: Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming.
Three states are reporting declining rates of new infections: Delaware, Maine and New Jersey
More cases come after July 4 parties
A new analysis of cell phone data across 10 coronavirus hotspots suggests more people traveled over the July 4 holiday than during the Memorial Day weekend. And mobility is one of the drivers of the virus’ transmission, experts have said.
The analysis comes from data by Cuebiq, one of the private companies used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track general movement in the US.
It included data from the areas of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Dallas, Texas; Phoenix; Orlando, Miami and Tampa, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and Atlanta. Travelers tended to visit cities in their own state or region, but some traveled further.
The travels come despite guidance from health officials who urged Americans to skip traditional celebrations, adding residents who may be feeling well could also be carrying the virus.
But that advice didn’t register with some partygoers in Michigan, who tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a lake party in Rapid City.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan said other health officials in the state reported several people tested positive “after attending the festivities at the Torch Lake sandbar over the Fourth of July holiday,” the department said Friday.
“The positive cases were not able to offer identifying information for all potential contacts, and therefore we want to make the public aware that those who attended could be at risk for exposure,” the health department said.
“Our health care workers are telling us they are already tired and they are worried that there could be an additional growth after the Fourth of July,” the mayor, a Democrat, said.
The fiery debate around school openings
“There are a considerable number of states that are surging in cases.” said Dr. Uché Blackstock, emergency room physician and chief executive of Advancing Health Equity.
“(It’s) definitely not safe to open schools until we get the case loads down to a decent level. And that’s not going to happen anytime soon. So we can actually lower the risk by probably instituting remote learning as probably mandatory for most school districts at this point.”
On Sunday, South Carolina reported two new cases of MIS-C in children younger than 10.
MIS-C appears to develop two to six weeks after a Covid-19 infection and affects mostly children who were previously healthy. Symptoms can include stomach pain, vomiting, fever and rash.
“MIS-C is a serious health complication linked to COVID-19 and is all the more reason why we must stop the spread of this virus,” Bell said.
“Anyone and everyone is susceptible to COVID-19 as well as additional health risks associated with it, which is why all of us must stop the virus by wearing a mask and stay six feet away from others. These simple actions are how we protect ourselves and others, including our children.”
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Hollie Silverman, Sheena Jones, Chuck Johnston, Rosa Flores, Jen Christensen, Randi Kaye, Amanda Watts, Mitch McCluskey and Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this report.