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Aug. 11, 2022, 6:13 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Masks to be required again at all Great Smoky Mountains National Park buildings amid rising cases

Masks will once again be required for visitors inside all Great Smoky Mountains National Park buildings due to the high transmission of COVID cases, the Associated Press reported. According to the park's website, the mask mandate will apply to all visitors regardless of vaccination status. As of Wednesday, researchers from Johns Hopkins say there were roughly 431 cases per 100,000 people in Tennessee over the past two weeks, which ranks 28th in the country for new cases per capita. U.S. known cases of COVID seem to be declining based on numbers provided by a New York Times tracker, although the true tally is likely higher given how many people are testing at home, where the data are not being collected. The daily average for new cases stood at 108,174 on Wednesday, according to a New York Times tracker , down 16% from two weeks ago. The daily average for hospitalizations was down 3% at 42,646, while the daily average for deaths is up 9% to 477. Globally, the confirmed case tally rose above 587.5 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns 2Hopkins, while the death toll is above 6.42 million with the U.S. leading the world with 92.6 million cases and 1,035,549 deaths.

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