U.S. Hits Record-Breaking 100,000 New COVID-19 Cases in One Day
Deaths related to COVID-19 have increased 21 percent across the country in the last two weeks
THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Crossing yet another bleak threshold during an unrelenting pandemic, America logged more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
The total count of new infections was at least 107,000, The New York Times reported, with 23 states recording more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch. Five states -- Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, and Nebraska -- set single-day case records on Wednesday. Cases were also spiking in the Mountain West and even in the Northeast, which during the summer had managed to get the virus under control.
Daily case reports in Minnesota have jumped roughly 102 percent, while those in Indiana have risen 73 percent, the newspaper reported. For months, Maine had among the lowest levels of transmission anywhere in the country, but new cases there have more than tripled. In Wyoming, new cases are up 73 percent, while Iowa has watched cases more than double. By Wednesday, the seven-day average of new daily cases was nearing 92,000, the highest since the pandemic began, The Times reported.
But case rates are not the only statistics that are climbing: Deaths related to COVID-19, which lag behind case reports, have increased 21 percent across the country in the last two weeks, The Times reported. Not only that, more than 50,000 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 across the country, an increase of roughly 64 percent since the beginning of October, the newspaper reported.