All 50 U.S. states, as well as Washington D.C., have now reported COVID-19 cases, after West Virginia reported its first case on Tuesday.
“We knew it was coming,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice at a news conference on Tuesday evening. “We’ve prepared for this and we shouldn’t panic.”
Confirmed cases are increasing rapidly as test kits become more readily available in various states. As of Tuesday night, the country has tallied over 6,300 COVID-19 cases, an addition of 1,500 in 24 hours, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
At least 108 deaths have resulted from the disease in the United States, 55 of which occurred in the state of Washington and 13 in New York state, according to the center.
Amid the growing public health crisis, Houston City Council on Tuesday voted to indefinitely extend the proclamation of a local state of disaster in the fourth largest U.S. city.