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11:14 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Florida surpasses 100,000 coronavirus cases

From CNN's Tina Burnside

Lisa Wiley, of Walmart, sets up for the opening at a new drive-up self-administered Covid-19 testing site run by Quest Diagnostics at the Walmart store in Boynton Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, June 16.
Lisa Wiley, of Walmart, sets up for the opening at a new drive-up self-administered Covid-19 testing site run by Quest Diagnostics at the Walmart store in Boynton Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, June 16. Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

The number of coronavirus cases reached a milestone on Monday, as the state reports 100,217 cases, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health. 

Florida is among at least 10 states that saw their highest 7-day average of daily new coronavirus cases on June 21, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

Health experts worry the Sunshine State could be the next epicenter of the national health crisis.

11:03 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

New York governor says some states "did reopening as a political exercise"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York on June 12, in New York City
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York on June 12, in New York City Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that New York is in a position to keep opening up in phases because the metrics and science used in analyzing the spread of coronavirus have guided the decisions, unlike some states that “did reopening as a political exercise.”

“It was politicized by the White House and some states ran to reopen and just forgot about the metrics and the science when you’re dealing with a virus. You’re now seeing those states spike. New York, we did the exact opposite. We followed the science … I look at the numbers every day and we react to the numbers,” Cuomo told CNN’s Jim Sciutto in an interview Monday morning.

He went on to describe New York's key coronavirus metrics recorded yesterday.

“We did 57,000 tests just yesterday – highest number of tests in the United States – and we had a less than 1% transmission rate yesterday. We went from the highest transmission rate in the United States to the lowest transmission rate. We only had 10 deaths overnight – that’s the lowest number since this started. We have about 1,000 people in our hospitals – lowest numbers since this started,” he said.

What the numbers say: While the statistics continue to trend in the right direction in states like New York, 10 states that saw their highest 7-day average of daily new coronavirus cases on June 21 according to data from Johns Hopkins. Those states are Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

10:43 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

New York City mayor will "absolutely" dine outside tonight as city enters phase 2 of reopening

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will "absolutely" dine outside tonight — although he has not yet decided which restaurant he'll go to.

New York City entered phase two of reopening today, which allows for restaurants to resume outdoor service.

"I am very excited that this day has come," de Blasio said at a news conference when asked if he'll eat out at a restaurant today.

12:05 p.m. ET, June 22, 2020

NYC mayor calls today "historic day" as city launches phase 2 of reopening

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks to firefighters following the donation of meals on International Firefighters Day on May 4.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks to firefighters following the donation of meals on International Firefighters Day on May 4. Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described Monday as an “important” and “historic day” as the city launched phase two of Covid-19 reopening.

“Hundreds of thousands of people will be going back to work today” he said and there is “a real excitement out there.”

“Phase two is really a giant step for this city,” de Blasio said, adding that “this is where most of our economy is.”

Phase two allows for a broader range of businesses to continue to reopen in New York City under Covid-19 guidelines, including retail businesses, restaurants and offices.

One of the biggest moves is the reopening of outdoor dining.

The mayor said that restaurants as part of the reopening for outdoor dining are so important as they are such a big part of the identity of NYC.

There have been 3,192 applications for open restaurants to apply for curb space and roadway space — “they have instantly qualified” and are ready to go today, de Blasio said.

The mayor notes that the city stands ready to help businesses get on their feet.

Over 2 million face coverings have been given out for free and the mayor said they are doubling that.

Subway ridership was up 29% in phase one — getting close to the point of a million subway riders per day. Bus ridership is up 22%. Traffic into manhattan is also up 24% over east river bridges and 10% over Hudson river bridges.

The mayor said mass transit is so crucial to the city and these signs show that the city is coming back online.

10:36 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Coronavirus on track to keep spreading "like a forest fire" through US this summer and fall, expert warns

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

The coronavirus pandemic does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon in the United States, warned Michael Osterholm, head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 

"I think this is more like a forest fire. I don't think that this is going to slow down," Osterholm told NBC's Chuck Todd during an appearance on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. 

"I think that wherever there's wood to burn, this fire's going to burn — and right now we have a lot of susceptible people," Osterholm added. "Right now, I don't see this slowing down through the summer or into the fall. I don't think we're going to see one, two and three waves. I think we're going to just see one very, very difficult forest fire of cases."

A look at the cases: There are 23 states seeing a rise in new reported cases compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Here's where cases are increasing:

 

10:33 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Arizona’s new Covid-19 cases are trending up as 10 states see highest average of new daily cases

From CNN’s Ethan Cohen

As President Trump prepares to travel to Arizona tomorrow, here’s a look at the coronavirus trends in that state:

  • Arizona continues to see its new case numbers climb. The state averaged about 2,412 new reported cases per day over the week ending June 21, up about 94% from the previous 7-day period, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Arizona is one of 10 states that saw their highest 7-day average of daily new coronavirus cases on June 21 according to data from Johns Hopkins. The others are California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
  • According to Johns Hopkins data, Arizona had the fourth most new reported coronavirus cases during the week that ended June 21, following California, Texas and Florida.
  • The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus in Arizona has been climbing since the start of June, according to data collected by the COVID Tracking Project.
  • Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, is reporting 29,891 total coronavirus cases and 602 deaths. In its most recent report (dated June 20), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported.

10:16 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Mexico reports more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24-hour period

From CNN's Kay Guerrero

Oscar Espindola of the Mexican Red Cross is disinfected after responding to a probable Covid-19 call on June 19 in Mexico City.
Oscar Espindola of the Mexican Red Cross is disinfected after responding to a probable Covid-19 call on June 19 in Mexico City. Hector Vivas/Getty Images

According to Mexico's Ministry of Health, on Sunday evening the country reported an additional 1,044 new deaths, bringing the nationwide total to at least 21,825.

It's one of the highest death tolls reported in the country in a 24-hour period.

Mexico also reported at least 5,343 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's total to at least 180,545 confirmed cases.

Mexico City and the Valley of Mexico are the areas with the highest number of active cases in the country. 

10:12 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Less than 1% of the daily tests in New York came back positive, governor says

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

There were 10 coronavirus-related deaths in New York State on Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Monday morning.

At least 552 of 56,780 — less than 1% — of coronavirus tests performed Sunday were back positive, he tweeted, adding that hospitalizations fell to 1,122.

Read his tweet:

10:11 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Former FDA chief says there could be "exponential growth" in Covid-19 cases in some states this week

From CNN Health’s Amanda Watts

In this October 25, 2017 file photo, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Washington.
In this October 25, 2017 file photo, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, says some areas of the country are “seeing significant outbreaks on top of a background rate of spread that was quite high.”

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Gottlieb said, “We are seeing a resurgence in the South and Southeast” because those areas were “never really rid of their epidemics.”

Gottlieb said the cases are “building quite quickly” in places such as Texas, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona. They could see “exponential growth” this week, he said.

“The challenge with exponential growth is that everything looks okay, until suddenly it doesn't,” he said.

“When the epidemic is expanding, it’s always worse than what you are measuring – so there are a lot more cases in these states that are going to get turned over this coming week, given the rate of growth we have seen,” Gottlieb added.

Gottlieb warned, “This is going to be hard to get under control,” saying, “there is no quick intervention that is going to bring this to an end.”

“The challenge is there is not a clear end point,” Gottlieb added.

“We are becoming more and more dependent on a therapeutic intervention in the fall, because we are taking a lot of virus through the summer. We really shouldn't be where we are in June right now,” he said.

When it comes to universal masking, Gottlieb said it’s a mistake for some states not to, “they are losing precious time.”

“Masking has becoming controversial. It shouldn't be. It’s a simple intervention. It’s a collective action we can all take to help protect our fellow citizens and also protect ourselves and try to reopen the economy safely,” he said.