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As states have reopened businesses and life in the U.S. is starting to regain a sense of normalcy, a leading health expert is warning "we are still in a pandemic" and confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. topped 2 million on Wednesday.

Many people remain vulnerable to the disease, and the pandemic will continue as long as there's a readily transmissible virus and a population with little or no immunity to it, said Dr. Jay Butler, head of the COVID-19 response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The news comes as the U.S. is now officially in a recession, bringing an end to a historic 128 months of economic growth.

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Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals officially canceled

Fans cheer as Petit Biscuit performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 15, 2018,Kyle Grillot / AFP - Getty Images file

California music festival Coachella and its smaller sibling Stagecoach are officially canceled this year.

Citing the ongoing pandemic, both festivals were initially postponed from their usual dates in the spring until October but public health officials said on Wednesday that even the fall is too soon for such a large gathering. 

“I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” said Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser.

“In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Governor Newsom’s Stage 4, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter," he added. "Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward."

‘By no means is this over’: WHO warns against coronavirus complacency

As her colleagues pointed to a still evolving pandemic, and the danger of asymptomatic spread, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove cautioned against a false dichotomy of "focusing on public health or livelihoods," insisting, "We must do both."

Disney unveils plans to reopen California parks and resorts

Patrons walk in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Walt Disney Co.'s Disneyland amusement park in Anaheim, Calif. on Aug. 5, 2010.George Frey / Bloomberg via Getty Images file

Nearly three months after closing, Disney has set its sights on a phased reopening for its California parks and resorts starting early next month, the company announced Wednesday.

Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will reopen by July 17 and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23. All of these dates are subject to state and local government approval.

Parades, nighttime spectaculars and character meet-and-greets will return at a later date, the company said. 

Theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with government requirements as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. Visitors will be required to make a reservation in advance for park entry.

Arizona sees spike in ICU coronavirus cases after governor reopens state

NBC News' Vaughn Hillyard breaks down the numbers behind Arizona's spike in coronavirus cases requiring ICU hospitalization after Gov. Doug Ducey lifted COVID-19 restrictions.

U.S. coronavirus cases top 2 million

Jon Huntsman tests positive for COVID-19

Utah gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

"After a second try, test results came back positive for Covid-19," Huntsman wrote. "Have been experiencing classic symptoms..like so many others, my goal is to keep my family safe. Though isolated temporarily, we’ve never been more energized in this important race for Governor. The work goes on!"

Huntsman — the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination — had to take a second COVID-19 test after being given the wrong results to an earlier test.

He previously served as Utah's governor from 2005 to 2009 and resigned to become ambassador to China.

A GOP primary in Utah's governor's race is scheduled for June 30. Among Republican candidates, Huntsman is running neck-and-neck with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

Photos: New York says goodbye to grim reminders of coronavirus toll

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"These trailers became new neighbors and served as a reminder of the neighbors we lost," said photojournalist Angus Mordant. See more photos of New Yorkers interacting with one of the few visual signs of the pandemic's toll on the city.

Social distancing on Miami Beach

A Safe Distancing Ambassador, left, explains new restrictions and rules to beach goer Will Callahan as he arrives on Wednesday to Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches in Miami-Dade County opened with restrictions after having been closed for 12 weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Wilfredo Lee / AP


Texas experiences spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Texas is experiencing a troubling spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations, setting a new record for three consecutive days.

The state reported 2,153 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday, 2,056 on Tuesday and 1,935 on Monday. All of those totals topped the earlier record of 1,888 hospitalizations set on May 5.

More than 13,000 hospital beds and 1,500 ICU beds were available Wednesday, statewide totals show.

The spike comes as the state continues to reopen businesses. Gov. Greg Abbott last week issued an executive order announcing the third phase of the state's reopening, which calls for nearly all businesses to operate at 50 percent occupancy. On Friday, restaurants will be allowed to increase their capacity to 75 percent.

The Lone Star State has reported more than 77,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,853 fatalities since the pandemic began.

Luxury retailers in New York City’s iconic Fifth Avenue district will partly reopen on Thursday

Beginning Thursday, the majority of stores in New York City's iconic Fifth Avenue district will reopen for curbside and in-store pickup, after temporarily shutting down for three months as part of New York’s stay-at-home order.

On Monday, some businesses and construction in the city were allowed to get back to a modified business schedule, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted coronavirus-related restrictions.

Stores that are part of the Fifth Avenue Association district, which include Armani, Bergdorf Goodman and Dior, will begin breaking down the wooden boards that have covered their windows.

Cartier, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. and Wempe are among the companies leading the district's reopening efforts this week.

Disney Resort Hotels updates cleaning efforts as theme parks begin reopening

Disney Resort Hotels announced Wednesday that it will enhance cleaning efforts across its locations to follow public health guidelines, said Katie Kelly, Vice President of Worldwide Safety Services.

Guest will have access to online check-in services at select locations, luggage pickup at redesigned bell services, and hand sanitizer stations, Kelly said in a news release. There will also be adjustments to restaurants, pools, and other public areas to enable physical distancing and reduce capacity at high-traffic areas.

"We are asking our guests to help, by washing your hands frequently with soap and water; following physical distancing and other guidelines when you visit; and rescheduling your visit if you or a member of your party feel ill or are subject to quarantine or other travel restrictions," Kelly said.