Polk sees 3rd straight day of record COVID cases; Florida nears 100,000

At least three Southern states in the past week reported increasing numbers of teenagers or younger adults testing positive for COVID-19.

And the largest rise in infections in SC has been among people younger than 30. The state also reported the most new cases in a single day - 4,515 - since the pandemic's start, according to data from the state's health department.

This breaks the previous record high of 3,822 new cases that was set just yesterday.

Statewide, 3,574 people were hospitalized Saturday.

The U.S. has recorded more than 2.2 million cases and at least 119,719 deaths so far Johns Hopkins University.

In South Carolina, people younger than 30 make up the biggest spike in new cases, a rise of nearly 400% since April 4, The State reported.

Arizona, Florida, California, Nevada and SC reported record-high single-day increases in COVID-19 infections on Friday.

"When you hear people tell you the test numbers are going up because we are testing more, that is not the whole picture", she said.

DeSantis said at a news conference on Tuesday, while talking about outbreaks around the state in the past week, that an airport in central Florida - which he didn't identify - had tested 500 workers and that 260 cases had come back positive. Much of the new infections involved younger people, many of them not exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

Meanwhile, new cases in NY - the epicenter of the once epidemic - are decreasing.

Data from the New York Times shows that 23 states-Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming-saw their growth rates of newly reported cases of the novel coronavirus rise over the past 14 days.

If trends continue, Florida is on track to hit 100,000 cases Monday.

In Florida, Gov. DeSantis said Saturday cases are "shifting in a radical direction" toward populations in their 20s and 30s.

Greg Abbott said last week that people under 30 made up a majority of new coronavirus cases in several counties.

"The increases we see are a warning that young people and young people are not immune to Covid-19", said Dr. Branon Traxler.

'They also tell us that younger South Carolinians are not taking social distancing seriously'.

He also told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that the White House coronavirus task force has been working with governors to make sure the United States "can open up this economy in a safe and reasonable way". Ten of these states reported a jump of more than 50%, including Texas and Florida, some of the first states to reopen.

According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinal, the latest results from Sunday morning show that 9.2% of the 38,055 people tested the day before were positive.

In Mississippi, where one health officer called adherence to social distancing over the past weeks "overwhelmingly disappointing", officials attributed clusters of new cases to fraternity rush parties.

"The world is in a new and unsafe phase". More than 80 percent of cases in the city have involved people aged between 18 and 24. "But the virus is spreading fast, it is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible", he said.