Growing number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

The United States has by passed China and Italy with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 26.  

As of March 27, the U.S. has 85,356 cases of COVID-19 according the CDC website. This data includes confirmed cases and cases under investigation. The U.S. gained 15,000 cases on March 26 which increased the number of cases in the U.S. 

When the U.S. became the country with the most confirmed cases, the total amount was 81,321 cases. The overwhelming number of cases have made it difficult to have enough medical staff and supplies to help control this outbreak. Government officials discussed the importance of social distancing and shelter in place protocols.  

Since the large increase in confirmed cases, President Trump officially signed the two trillion-dollar coronavirus response bill. The bill is more commonly known as the CARES Act which ensured that financial benefits for businesses, medical practices and staff, individuals, and education would be sent out.  

According to The New York Times, President Trump believes that this bill is a big step in the countries recovery to fight the virus. This bill was passed just as fast as it was written to ensure the recovery for the US citizens.  

There were many travel bans put in place to further prevent the spread of the virus. Worldwide, more than 600,000 people have been infected with virus with a total of 30,000 deaths as of March 27.  

Overall, there has been more than 1,700 deaths in the US related to COVID-19. In Kern County alone, there are 41 cases with a total of one death. This death was confirmed on March 26.  

The shelter in place order is still in effect in California, and many other states have followed suit. Government officials ask that everyone abide to these orders until further notice. Experts suggest washing your hands with scented soap in order to have a reminder to not touch your face.