On Wednesday, the United States hit an alarming milestone in its failed pandemic response: the number of new coronavirus infections per day for the first time reached more than 100,000. But the record was short-lived. Today, Thursday, new cases have surpassed 116,000.
The country’s third spike in cases is now sky-high compared to before, with the highest daily number of new cases not higher by about 76,500. It’s not clear how high the new peak will be in the end, but it’s likely Friday will see another dreadful record.
Overall, the country has seen a 20% increase in cases since last week, according to the COVID Monitoring Project. While most states in the country have seen cases of increase to some extent, the areas driving the increase are the Midwest and the West Mountains. In fact, the Midwest’s current number of cases per capita is much higher than in any other region during the pandemic, the Project noted in a blog post on Thursday.
In particular, cases in Wisconsin and Illinois are skyrocketing. Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio have also set new records for the number of cases per day in the past week. As for the western states, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are all seeing a continued increase in comparison to their smaller populations.
With the vertical increase in cases leading to an increase in hospitalizations. Nationwide, more than 53,000 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 13.5% from the previous week. The number of hospital admissions is increasing gradually with the number of cases increasing.
Although a spike in deaths often lags behind a spike in deaths over a few weeks, the number of deaths is still increasing. There have been more than 1,100 deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the seven-day average to 869. As of last Wednesday, just over 6,007 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus pandemic, increasing 8% compared to the number of deaths in the previous week.
Public health experts have raised alarms about the country’s devastating third peak, coming as the weather turns cold and we begin a series of festivals celebrated with mass gatherings . In an interview last week, leading infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci told The Washington Post that “We are suffering a lot. That is not a good situation. All the stars are misaligned as you enter fall and winter, with everyone gathering at home indoors. You cannot have a worse position ”.