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COVID-19 Updates for The South

Texas

Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order on Thursday mandating that residents of all counties in Texas with 20 or more COVID-19 cases wear face masks covering their nose and mouth while in public spaces.

A proclamation also issued by Abbott gives mayors and county judges the authority to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings exceeding 10 people. Abbott is also reinforcing the social distancing standard of a minimum distance of six feet and a group maximum of 10 people.

Over 300 children have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the children who tested positive for the virus have attended childcare centers located in Texas. The number of known positive cases amongst children are expected to rise as reports say that there are over 12,000 childcare facilities open in Texas and over 600 staff members have also tested positive.

Alabama

The state of Alabama is in an uproar as the state has hit a new single day record of new reported COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 1,162 new COVID-19 cases.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama youth attend “COVID parties” as part of a contest to see who contracts the virus first. Organizers of the parties intentionally invited known COVID-19 carriers. The first person to attend one of these “COVID parties” and contract the virus would receive a cash prize that attendees contribute to.

The city of Tuscaloosa is working with authorities to break up the “COVID parties” that have been taking place in the city and surrounding areas.

It is unknown how many new cases of COVID-19, if any, are related to these parties.

Florida

Florida has set two new records for the most amount of new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, in less than a week. The most recent record was set on Thursday with 10,109 cases reported by The State Department of Health. The previous record was set on Saturday with 9,9585 cases reported.

In response to the new wave of COVID-19 cases Florida has paused its reopening and closed all bars and beaches in the state.

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