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States resist mask rules as Midwest virus uptick stirs alarm

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States resist mask rules as Midwest virus uptick stirs alarm

Visitors leave the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., Monday, July 27, 2020, where face mask wearing is required indoors and encouraged in the outdoor areas. Nebraska’s online virus tracker on Monday showed 800 cases were confirmed Friday through Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 24,618 since the outbreak began. That included 356 cases confirmed on Friday, 221 on Saturday and 223 on Sunday. Photo: AP Photo/Nati Harnik.

The baseball season descended deeper into crisis Tuesday, states like Mississippi and South Carolina cast about for more hospital beds, and governors in some of the hardest-hit places staunchly resisted calls to require masks, despite confirmed cases of the coronavirus soaring.

Major League Baseball suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday because of an outbreak that has spread to at least 15 of the team’s players, and a series of games this week between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies was called off as a precaution.

States like Florida, Arizona and Texas are in dire condition, and the virus also has been spreading farther north in recent days, causing alarm among public health officials who fear states are not doing enough to avoid catastrophic outbreaks like those in the Sun Belt.

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"We are watching very carefully California, Arizona, Texas, and most of Florida," President Donald Trump said at a news conference. "It’s starting to head down to the right direction."

Florida, however, reported another one-day high for COVID-19 deaths, with 191, while Arizona recorded 104, and Arkansas had a daily record of 20.

While the White House has begun to feel cautiously optimistic that the resurgence has begun to stabilize in parts of the Southwest, […]

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