Texas had its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases Saturday, according to numbers from the Department of State Health Services.
The state, one of the first to start reopening, reported an increase of 1,801 positive coronavirus cases on Saturday.
But it’s not clear whether the surge is simply due to more testing, or if the virus is spreading more rampantly.
In California, more than 180 people may have been exposed by a person who had coronavirus during an in-person religious service last week, the Butte County Public Health Department said.
“Moving too quickly through the reopening process can cause a major setback and could require us to revert back to more restrictive measures.”
North Carolina churches can resume indoor services
“We don’t want indoor meetings to become hotspots for the virus and our health experts continue to warn that large groups sitting together inside for long periods of time are much more likely to cause the spread of Covid-19,” the statement read.
Beaches set to reopen
With Memorial Day approaching, beaches on the East and West coasts are starting to welcome visitors again.
In Ocean City, New Jersey, a loudspeaker reminded sun lovers every 15 minutes this weekend to “practice social distancing while walking the boardwalk and beach.”
All New Jersey beaches will open next weekend for the Memorial Day holiday and Ocean City took a “dry run” to see how well people respect the social distancing rules.
In California, Los Angeles County was the latest to re-open its shores — with new rules.
FDA authorized ‘at-home sample collection kit’
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized an “at-home sample collection kit that can then be sent to specific laboratories for Covid-19 diagnostic testing.”
The kit received an emergency use authorization Saturday. It can be used by people who have already been screened using an online questionnaire that’s reviewed by a healthcare provider.
It will allow people to “self-collect a nasal sample at home” using the kit that has been authorized, the FDA said.
“The authorization of a Covid-19 at-home collection kit that can be used with multiple tests at multiple labs not only provides increased patient access to tests, but also protects others from potential exposure,” said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, the director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
CNN’s Ben Tinker, Artemis Moshtaghian, Madeline Holcombe and Ralph Ellis contributed to this report.