A Harvard health expert said that the United States would most likely have more deaths throughout the summer. This is, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

There are about 800 to 1,000 COVID-19 deaths happening each day in the United States alone. That is around 25,000 deaths a month, with approximately 90,000 deaths in three-and-a-half months.

In a recent NBC’s TODAY report, Jha said that the number of COVID-19-related deaths is expected to rise to 200,000 by September. He also noted that COVID-19 cases continue to increase as states around the country start to reopen for business. “I’d hoped that (because) people are spending more time outside ... that we would not see such a big increase so fast, but it’s more concerning than I’d hoped," Jha said.

He also noted in a report on CNN that the reason that there seems to be no sign of flattening is that the country is opening up too fast while more cases are still coming in.

In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf officially issued a "Universal Testing Order" which requires all citizens and staff at nursing homes to go through a COVID-19 test at least once before July 24. Universal testing for COVID-19 already began from May 11 to May 26 in five long term care facilities, according to the state Department of Health.

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