For the first time, the numbers of coronavirus cases reported in the United States passed 77,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. There were 77,255 new cases reported Thursday, topping the previous high of 67,791 two days ago.
Florida reported 13,965 of Thursday’s cases, the second most reported in a day in the state. As much of the country sees a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, the test results data that many cities and states depend on to make important decisions about resources and reopenings is lagging.
Right now, tests are being done in much larger numbers — a positive development — but this increase is also slowing down results. Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday that health officials want to reduce wait times for results.