Military medics deploy in California, Texas as virus surges

Miami, July 17

Teams of army medics had been deployed in Texas and California to assist hospitals deluged by COVID-19 sufferers, as Miami space authorities started stepping up enforcement Friday of a masks requirement — echoing efforts in lots of elements of the world to include surging infections.

In California, army docs, nurses and different well being care specialists had been being deployed to eight hospitals dealing with staffing shortages amid a record-breaking case quantity. In Houston, an 86-person Army medical crew labored to take over a wing of United Memorial Medical Center.

Texas reported 10,000 new circumstances for the third straight day Thursday and 129 further deaths. California, in the meantime, reported its largest two-day complete of confirmed circumstances, practically 20,000, together with 258 deaths over 48 hours. There are greater than 8,000 individuals in hospitals who’ve both examined optimistic for the coronavirus or are suspected to have it.

There had been indicators elsewhere in nation’s Sunbelt that the virus was stretching the states’ capability to reply. The medical expert’s workplace in metro Phoenix has gotten moveable storage coolers and ordered extra to deal with an inflow of our bodies — paying homage to New York City on the top of the pandemic there earlier this yr.

In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, the county fee unanimously accredited an emergency order giving all code and fireplace inspectors authority to problem tickets of as much as $100 for people and $500 for companies not complying with tips to put on masks and observe social distancing. Police officers already had this enforcement energy.

“We’re going to put a heck of a lot of people out there,” mentioned Mayor Carlos Gimenez, including: “Our people are going to go everywhere.”

Gimenez mentioned too few individuals, particularly youthful individuals, have been following the “new normal” tips, so the county wanted one other enforcement software.

In Miami-Dade, which is Florida’s most populous county and the present epicentre of the outbreak, greater than 3,100 new coronavirus circumstances had been reported on Thursday. The state, in the meantime, reached one other ominous file, with 156 virus deaths, and a staggering 13,965 new circumstances.

At least half of the 50 states have adopted necessities for carrying masks or different facial coverings.

But in Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp has banned cities and counties from requiring face coverings. He sued Atlanta late Thursday to forestall it from defying his order, however Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms mentioned she was ready to go to court docket to take care of the native masks requirement. AP

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