The Fort Washington Medical Center in the state of Maryland went from four ICU beds at the start of the pandemic to 16 ICU units as it quickly became a hot spot for the virus during the early days of the crisis. Kevin Cole, a respiratory therapist at Fort Washington, who also has asthma says he knows the anxiety and fear coronavirus patients experience when they can't breathe. And it's hard for him to understand the sudden return of crowded public places when it's hard to social distance. I see patients unfortunately dying from this virus everyday. Everybody is out lounging on the beaches and just thinking that it's over or and is far from being over. And unfortunately is those people who they keep well keep this pandemic on.
After taking steps to reopen,thirty-one states are now seeing surges in new corona virus cases including new hotspots of Arizona, Texas and Florida. With more than 8500 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths reported on Sunday, Florida governor Ron DeSantis said that interactions among young people are driving the surge in confirmed cases. Our median age of new case began in the 60s in March. For most of the pandemic in April and May was in the low 50s. Now this week plus the last 10 days probably, it's been between like 33 and 36 for the median age. Half the cases are in their early 30s or below. Back in Maryland registered nurse Trakina Hogan says seeing colleagues put on full sets of personal protective equipment required to enter rooms with COVID positive patients is a constant reminder of how easily the virus can spread. And this is a real thing as you know that is that we want that we need to take serious the cautions on. Keep them outside. She brought hands wash become the work so that you can take care of their community and will take care of themselves and not get relaxed. A message echoed by her colleagues and medical staff all over the country. Muhammad Ali VOA news Washington