The Washington Post reports:
With the rate of new coronavirus cases rising in nearly 40 states, Fourth of July celebrations across the United States have been canceled or scaled back as anxious governors and mayors urge people to take a more restrained approach to the holiday. President Trump, however, is traveling to South Dakota on Friday for the first of two nights of controversial Independence Day celebrations where the anticipated large crowds of attendees won’t be required to wear masks or socially distance themselves.
Heading into the holiday weekend, at least 14 states — Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin — are seeing the average of new cases over seven days hit record highs. Florida on Friday reported its seven-day average of new cases was 7,948 — the 26th consecutive day the state has set a record in its seven-day average.
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