A record number of deaths per day - 2.806 - was recorded in the country in April.
Redfield said the CDC was "about to put out" what he called "a series of different - additional guidelines" for the K-12 community and for parents and caregivers. More than 900,000 people have recovered from the illness.
Over the past month and into July, Florida saw roughly 959 deaths and Texas reported 1,097 deaths related to COVID-19.
In Arizona, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 topped 3,200, a new high, and hospitals statewide were at 89 percent capacity.
He says the current situation in the US should be viewed as a "series of smaller outbreaks" and emerging hot spots. Worldwide, only 20 countries other than the USA have hit that number.
Tennessee, West Virginia and Utah all had record daily increases in new cases, and infections are rising in 42 out of 50 states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.
Just over 60,000 new cases were reported in 24 hours on Tuesday, up from the last record of 53,600 infections set last Thursday.
Officials say the current downward trend reflects advances in treatment and prevention, as well as the large share of cases among young adults, who are more likely than older patients to survive COVID-19.
While federal officials have limited influence on how state and local authorities run their school systems, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was unflinching in her message to school districts: They must reopen.
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Dozens of people were arrested this week after authorities cleared the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" zone Wednesday morning. When asked if this was a "targeted attack", Mead said, "We don't know that, that does remain a focus of our investigation".
"Every week, our numbers are doubling", Neva Farmer, a nurse who is working in the COVID-19 ICU at a Phoenix-area hospital, told member station KJZZ. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas aggressively began one of America's fastest reopenings in May, but reversed course last week, ordering bars closed and mandating face coverings in much of the state.
To date, Texas has reported more than 210,000 cases, including 2715 deaths. For example, both North Carolina and MI are reporting more than 70,000 cases, but Michigan's death toll is more than four times higher - 6,251 deaths, compared with 1,446 in North Carolina.
The U.S. tally stood at 59,060 late on Wednesday, with not all local governments yet reporting. But at least eight other states are now routinely surpassing that mark.
The biggest jumps occurred in Texas and California, the two largest U.S. states, with more than 10,000 each. Many schools have been in limbo or planning to hold classes online, after their academic years were cut short by the pandemic in March. That organization is urging schools to reopen if possible, while following safety guidelines. "We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day".
The growing number of daily cases is reflective of statements previously made by White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci over the virus' spread in the U.S.
Tornadoes killed 1,468 people across the USA over that same 20-year span, according to the NWS and NOAA.
The pandemic has exposed problems that experts say have long existed within the USA health system.
He has also pointed to the European Union's apparent success in bringing cases down as evidence of the failure in the U.S.to contain the virus. The EU says it will accept tourists and other nonessential travelers from countries where the epidemiological situation is equal to or better than the EU's. Trump also announced in mid-April that his administration would halt US funding to the WHO.