Coronavirus news and updates: COVID-19 still an issue in Arizona; Fauci on his ‘worst nightmare’

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have increased for the past two weeks in Arizona and hospitals across the state have been urged to activate emergency plans.

Health officials are concerned – and caution another stay-at-home order could be needed to curb the spread, Rachel Leingang reports for the Arizona Republic.

"I would go so far as to say alarming," Dr. William Hanage, an epidemiology professor at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told her about the trend. "The only sort of crumb of comfort that I can find is that I think, in general, it's sort of easier to social distance in Arizona than it is in some places." Read the full story.

Arizona isn't alone. It is one of the 19 states with the trend of new coronavirus cases still increasing, CNN reports.

The coronavirus isn't going away anytime soon. The number of confirmed cases in the United States will soon hit 2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. Globally, there are more than 7.2 million confirmed cases.

What's in the news

Dr. Anthony Fauci: The pandemic is his 'worst nightmare' and not going away in the near future. - The HillMemorial Day: Hospitalizations are up in several states on the heels of Memorial Day, during which many people gathered together. - Washington PostNational Guard: Several members test positive after D.C. protest duty. - NBC4Type O blood: Early data from 23andMe suggests those with type O blood may be at slightly less risk. - NY Post

What we're reading

Let them out. Advocates want inmates granted parole freed as COVID-19 lurks in prisons.

Evictions are jumping. Why it's so hard as moratoriums and other relief options are expiring.

Brazil followed Trump's advice. Now cases are surging.

This ballerina won't give up. Emilie Gerrity is doing sweaty workouts in a Florida garage for the chance to keep her dance career on track – and in hopes of saving the art form for her young students. Read more.

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