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COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)
COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)

Months into the pandemic, coronavirus cases continue to spike across America. We check in around the country to see how different states are responding to this COVID-19 surge.

Guests

Luis Carrasco, editorial writer and member of the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board. (@lfcarrasco)

Dr. Celine Gounder, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist. Clinical assistant professor at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine. Co-host and producer of the podcasts "American Diagnosis" and "Epidemic." (@celinegounder)

Dr. Saskia Popescu, infectious disease epidemiologist and infection preventionist. (@SaskiaPopescu)

Monica Alba, political reporter for NBC News, covering the White House and 2020 campaign. (@albamonica)

From The Reading List

The Atlantic: "The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay" — "Saskia popescu’s phone buzzes throughout the night, waking her up. It had already buzzed 99 times before I interviewed her at 9:15 a.m. ET last Monday."

NBC News: "U.S. to offer 'surge' coronavirus testing to help with shortages, ease delays in results" — "Federal health officials are creating temporary 'surge testing' spots to help control the spread of the coronavirus and ease hospitalizations in Florida, Louisiana and Texas."

The Hill: "Coronavirus surge puts renewed strain on testing capacity" — "The surge in coronavirus cases across the country has put a strain on U.S. testing capacity — again."

The Guardian: "Fauci: US is ‘still knee-deep in first wave’ of pandemic as it nears 130,000 deaths" — "The United States is 'still knee-deep in the first wave' of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the country’s top public health experts has warned, as the country approaches 130,000 Covid-19 deaths and new polling indicates Donald Trump’s approval rating over his handling of the crisis has remained low."

Washington Post: "Live updates: Coronavirus hospitalizations soar in Arizona and rest of Sun Belt" — "Hospitals across the Sun Belt continue to be inundated with coronavirus patients, with Arizona on Tuesday reporting a new high of more than 3,300."

Houston Chronicle: "How coronavirus put Texas on brink of 'nightmarish catastrophe'" — "A state once lauded as a model for COVID-19 containment came to 'the verge of a nightmarish catastrophe' on the Fourth of July. Here’s how it happened."

Texas Tribune: "Coronavirus in Texas" — "Number of Texans hospitalized with coronavirus more than doubles in two weeks to nearly 8,700 people."

New York Times: "In West Texas, Lingering Distrust in Public Health Measures as Virus Spreads" — "For a while, it seemed that the coronavirus had spared West Texas. Cases were low. Few had died. Concern through the spring was focused on getting businesses running again."

Houston Chronicle: "Gov. Abbott warns of ‘greater fatalities’ from COVID-19 in Texas' coming weeks" — "Gov. Greg Abbott is warning of even “greater fatalities” from COVID-19 as the number of people in hospitals with lab-confirmed cases hit a record 8,698 on Monday."

NBC News: "'We need to live with it': White House readies new message for the nation on coronavirus" — "After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it."

NPR: "Phoenix Mayor Says The City Is In A 'Crisis Situation,' Needs Help" — "Arizona is one of just five states that has seen new coronavirus cases climb by the thousands each day in the past couple of weeks."

This program aired on July 8, 2020.

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