Fauci, top health officials warn of COVID-19 surge

Top federal health officials warned Tuesday of a "disturbing surge" of infections in some parts of the country, as Americans ignore social distancing guidelines and states reopen without adequate plans for testing and tracing the contacts of those who get sick.

Top federal health officials warned Tuesday of a "disturbing surge" of infections in some parts of the country, as Americans ignore social distancing guidelines and states reopen without adequate plans for testing and tracing the contacts of those who get sick. The hearing came on the same day that Arizona reported record-high new coronavirus cases, and both Texas and Arizona reported record hospitalizations. Last week, Texas, Florida, Arizona, and at least seven other states reported their highest weekly infection-rate averages. On Tuesday, the United States recorded 33,730 new cases, the highest total since April 25. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the outbreaks in much of the country were being driven by increased community transmission. Fauci also said the country was still in the middle of the first wave because it had not decreased infections or deaths to a low enough level. President Trump, Vice President Pence, and other White House officials have dismissed the recent increase in confirmed infections, insisting the increase is largely due to boosts in testing. However, there is a broad consensus among public health experts that the outbreaks are occurring as states reopen and people congregate in confined spaces without observing social distancing measures, or consistently wearing masks.