In the last week before Election Day, new coronavirus infections rose to an all-time high – virtually guaranteed that pandemic will be the most prominent problem in America as voters prepare to choose the next president. .
Big picture: Cases are on the rise and local hospitals are strained at a time when voters are choosing between President Trump, who continues to insist that the pandemic is almost over, and Joe Biden, who has turned The crisis became the focus of his campaign.
Its position: On average, nearly 72,000 people test positive for coronavirus every day for the past week. That was the seven-day highest average on record.
- Twice in the past week, the US has set a new record for the most number of cases per day.
- During the past week, the virus has grown in 41 states, including nearly every major battlefield state.
- New infections rose 16% in Arizona, 21% in Florida, 22% in Ohio, 23% in Wisconsin, 25% in Michigan and 33% in Pennsylvania.
- The only exception is North Carolina, where the number of infections stabilized at around 2,200 cases per day.
What’s next: This third wave of infections is starting to strain hospitals’ resources in some parts of the country and will inevitably lead to more deaths. It has killed nearly 220,000 Americans.
- Wisconsin, for example, reported new one-day records of cases, hospitalizations and deaths – all on the same day.
- This is almost certainly going to get worse before it gets better. The virus is expected to spread more easily as colder weather causes people to move around indoors.
The bottom line: Eight months after this pandemic, not only did the United States fail to stop the virus, but it also spread faster than ever.
Each week, Axios tracks how new cases change in each state. We use the seven-day average to minimize the impact of the daily discrepancies in the states reporting.