The United States saw another record day for new cases of coronavirus, which exceeded 70,000 for the first time, according to an NBC News tally Friday.
Record highs followed several cases peaks since June, including 45,557 one-day diagnoses June 24, a 45,942 one-day increase June 27, and more than 46,500 new cases registered Tuesday.
Sunbelt states that experienced strong plants including California, Florida, Texas and Georgia contributed to the record. California reported 7,798 new cases on Friday, and state officials say they are considering releasing about 8,000 prisoners from a prison system battered by the virus.
In southern Florida, NBC Miami reported that seven hospitals in the area have no intensive care beds available as a result of it being flooded with viral patients.
Texas reported 95 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday when government Greg Abbott warned that the state would return to a “lockdown”
In Houston, the region’s 12 busiest hospitals are increasingly rejecting new emergency patients and have used the space for coronavirus intensive care.
In Georgia, officials registered 4,484 cases Friday. NBC affiliate WXIA reported it was a one-day fall record.
The three U.S. counties with the highest number of daily cases Friday are Los Angeles, Chicago’s Cook, Phoenix area of Maricopa, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Last week, U.S. President Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, who chairs the House Monitoring Committee, warned in a memo to the House Select subcommittee on Coronavirus that personal protective equipment accessories are starting to get low.