Nov. 15 (UPI) — America surpassed 11 million COVID-19 instances on Sunday as Dr. Anthony Fauci stated Sunday it might be useful for federal well being officers to start working with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition workforce.

Complete instances because the begin of the pandemic reached 11,000,984, most on the earth, in response to information gathered by Johns Hopkins College, after the college’s cumulative case tracker confirmed the US added 166,555 new instances on Saturday following a report of greater than 184,000 instances the day prior.

America additionally added 1,266 new deaths on Saturday because the world-leading demise toll rose to 246,006.

Fauci instructed CNN’s State of the Union that it might be greatest for public well being if well being officers might work with Biden’s workforce, though President Donald Trump and his administration haven’t allowed such cooperation as they’ve contested the outcomes of the presidential election in a number of states.

“After all it might be higher if we might begin working with them,” Fauci stated, including that it has been “a number of months” since Trump met with the White Home coronavirus process power.

Fauci, who has served because the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses since 1984, confused the significance of working with an incoming president earlier than they take workplace.

“I have been by a number of transitions now, having served six presidents for 36 years. And it’s totally clear that the transition course of that we undergo … is admittedly essential in a easy handing over of the knowledge in addition to it is virtually like passing the baton in a race,” he stated. “You do not wish to cease after which give it to anyone, you wish to basically maintain going.”

He additionally stated Biden made “a wonderful selection” deciding on Ron Klain as White Home chief of employees, noting that they labored intently coordinating the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

“He was completely terrific on the Ebola scenario the place we had a really profitable final endgame with Ebola,” stated Fauci.

Texas led the nation with 1,014,160 COVID-19 instances and had the second-highest demise toll in the US with 19,470 fatalities as of Saturday.

California surpassed that case complete, including 10,968 infections Sunday for 1,019,345 because the begin of the pandemic. The state additionally reported 35 new deaths for the third-highest demise toll at 18,253.

Third-place Florida reported 10,105 new instances, its largest improve since July 25, for a complete of 885,201 instances. The state additionally reported 29 new resident deaths for a complete of 17,518, in addition to 216 nonresident deaths throughout the state.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated the state reported 3,649 new instances for the fourth-highest complete within the nation at 560,200, whereas the state additionally added 30 new fatalities bringing its demise toll to 26,133. Together with possible deaths, the toll is 34,016, in response to Hopkins.

Illinois added 10,631 new instances for a complete of 573,616, rating fifth in the US, in addition to 72 deaths, bringing its complete to 10,742. On Friday, Illinois set a U.S. report with 15,415.