58,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in the US; number hits new single-day high

Officials say dozens of Florida ICU units are at full capacity, and it is one of the signs that show the coronavirus still has a tight grip over the United States.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 58,000 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the United States on Monday – a new single-day high.
"We're not knee-deep, we're hip-deep and if we don't do something dramatically, we'll soon be neck-deep," says Dr. Larry Brilliant, epidemiologist.
An updated model from the University of Michigan predicts more than 208,000 Americans will die from the virus by Nov. 1. The increase is partly because of the surge of cases in Florida, Arizona, Texas and California.
"The other factor is school openings that we expect in August and September. That's going to increase contact rates on current trajectories," says Dr. Chris Murray, director at University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Although the Trump White House is calling on schools to reopen this fall, at least 24 states are adjusting their overall reopening plans due to the pandemic.
"This is not a benign illness. Yes, for most people, they're going to be fine. But some people are going to be really sick and some are going to die," says Dr. Tom Frieden, former head of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Donald Trump in a Tweet last night, touted the COVID-19 death rate as dropping, but a member of his task force says the United States still has to be cautious.

"It's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death. There's so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don't get yourself into false complacency," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director at National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Fauci keeps stressing the importance of facial coverings while in public, and now White House officials are talking about actively promoting mask-wearing more often.