The grim tally comes after Wednesday’s record of more than 100,000 cases, the first time the United States has hit a six-digit number in cases. That means in just two days, the country had reported more than 220,000 test positive cases, bringing the last week’s total to more than 660,000 new viral infections.
“The reported deaths from the Midwest are also on the rise, weeks after that region has gone overtime,” the project said.
More than 234,900 Americans have died since the pandemic began and an overall forecast released Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests another 31,000 could lose their lives within two weeks. and a half coming.
In New Mexico, where health officials have been voicing alarms for weeks about the Covid-19 crisis, the number of deaths caused by Covid-19 daily reaches a record high. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said hospital admissions increased by 260% last month and health officials added that they expect to run out of shared beds “within the next few days.”
The governor said the state “does not tend to be in the right direction” and urged citizens to follow public health guidelines to limit the spread of the virus.
“If we don’t do them, more drastic decision-making will happen, and we’ll have a horrible November and a seriously bad December,” said the governor.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, New Mexico is one of at least 38 states reporting more recent Covid-19 infections compared to last week. Only two US states – Alabama and Tennessee – are on track.
In Minnesota, health officials reported more than 3,900 new cases on Thursday – the state’s highest daily total and the third consecutive day of illness cases hit a new high.
In Utah, where state officials have been issuing warnings for weeks, 2,807 new cases on Thursday broke daily records.
Governor Gary Herbert said the numbers were “bad news” and “discouraging”, and predicted the state would continue to see “this significant increase, unless we revise and change your behavior. “
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine meanwhile warned of the spread in the community as the state also reported a record-high number of Covid-19 infections on Thursday.
“It’s everywhere, we can’t hide it, we can’t run away from it,” the governor said during a press conference. “The risk of getting this virus in every county is very real.”
And social gatherings like weddings, funerals and private parties are helping to drive the spread of the virus, he said.
“This will frighten you, that you’ve spread a lot in your homeland,” added DeWine. “It just skyrocketed.”
New state restrictions target gatherings
With the virus now pervasive in communities in the US, some state leaders have pushed for new measures to help curb the spread.
In Connecticut, the new measures, which will go into effect on Friday, will put new limits on restaurants, religious ceremonies and event spaces. The governor also announced on Thursday tightening restrictions surrounding private gatherings, which will stretch through the Thanksgiving holiday.
National public health officials have pointed to gatherings as the main driving force behind the rise of Covid-19. And Governor Ned Lamont also recommended earlier this week that people stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. to limit communication.
“I am asking for voluntary compliance,” said Raimondo, who has announced new advice to deal with the increase in infections.
In addition, on a effective Sunday, all restaurants, gyms and entertainment facilities must close at 10 p.m. on week nights and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Raimondo says, while restaurants can only open later for take-out.
The governor also said that the source of the virus was large gatherings such as home parties.
If those things don’t stop, “I’ll be back in two weeks with the order to close,” said the governor.
CNN’s Ben Tinker, Sheena Jones, Melissa Alonso and Kay Jones contributed to this report.