The US is about to reach 3 million covid cases. Here’s what the days leading up to that grim milestone have looked like

It has inundated hospitals inside a few days, forced people to re-imagine their holiday celebrations and fueled a debate over school reopenings.

Now, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is nearing 3 million.

While the future of the pandemic in the US is still unclear, here’s what has happened in the last few days.

Attendees clustered together for hours before President Donald Trump greeted them a week ago at Mount Rushmore. During his remarks, the President mentioned the virus once, at the very top of his remarks, thanking those working to fight it.

The following day, Trump delivered a speech on the White House’s South Lawn where few guests appeared to be practicing social distancing and many are not wearing masks.

He made a misleading claim that 99% of coronavirus cases in America are “totally harmless.”

Beaches were packed for the Fourth of July

The beach at Coney Island in New York was heavily visited during the holiday weekend.

Some Americans altered their old-fashioned Fourth of July festivities while others flocked to beaches to enjoy the holiday week-end.

Crowds were spotted in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; New York’s Coney Island and the California beaches of San Diego. In Miami and Los Angeles, beaches remained empty after officials kept them closed for the weekend.

People have waited hrs to get tested

Crowds of people are visiting testing sites in the US every day and some have to wait hours before taking a Covid-19 test.

The Covid-19 testing capacity has increased considerably since March but the recent surge of cases is causing long lines to get tested and slow results.

Some people waited for significantly more than four hours on Monday in free drive-up testing sites in Wisconsin, CNN affiliate WKOW reported. Similar wait times were observed in New Orleans and Austin.
In Denver, a testing site at the Pepsi Center closed within a few hours after administering not exactly 2,100 tests on Tuesday. About 500 everyone was still in line when workers stopped allowing cars inside the facility, CNN affiliate KWGN reported.

Some hospitals reached capacity

City officials are concerned that Houston hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus.
Dozens of intensive care units at Florida hospitals near Miami, Orlando and Tampa have hit capacity and you will find concerns that more hospitals could be next.

The amount of daily hospitalizations in numerous states has been rising, putting critical resources including staffing, beds and ventilators an issue.

In Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, a hospital in the city of Weslaco set up a tent outside to help cope with an influx of Covid-19 patients, CNN affiliate KVEO reported.

A debate over school reopenings emerged

Teachers were protesting outside Florida's Orange County Public Schools headquarters on Tuesday.

The debate over how schools would reopen in the fall has intensified this week amid coronavirus concerns.

Florida schools have been ordered to reopen in August “at least five days per week for all students,” according to the state’s department of education.

Teachers in some of Florida’s largest school districts are pushing back and gathered to protest.

Meanwhile, Trump is putting pressure on governors to reopen school this fall.

“We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open,” Trump said at a White House event on Tuesday.

MLS is finding its way back despite coronavirus concerns

San Jose Earthquakes players and the rest of the teams have been tested numerous times since arriving in Orlando.
An entire team has withdrawn, individual players have opted out plus some opening day matches of Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back Tournament have been postponed.

The league’s modified tournament in Orlando, Florida, is set to kick off Wednesday after higher than a dozen people, including FC Dallas and Nashville SC players have tested positive for the virus.