Meanwhile, the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut banded together to require a 14-day self quarantine by people who travel into their states from places like Florida, Texas, and the Carolinas.
"We have a very real problem right now where many states are experiencing an increased spread of COVID-19 virus, just as New York is seeing the lowest infection rate," Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said.
The move was somewhat ironic, given that Florida had imposed the same kind of self-quarantine requirement on visitors from those states three months earlier, when New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut were seeing elevated cases and deaths.
Democrats also appealed to GOP Governors to require their citizens to wear masks in public, in order to stem the spread of the virus.
“We need a national COVID-19 testing strategy,” said Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), as Democrats criticized the White House for downplaying the threat of the virus.
“Every few days we are seeing another new record in FL COVID-19 cases. This is not a coincidence, it’s a trend,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL).
President Trump has repeatedly asserted that the jump in virus cases is directly related to increased testing - but figures from the states show a rising rate of positive tests, which is an indication that the virus is spreading faster.