Five states – India, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine- have set daily records for corona virus cases, while the US has seen more than 100,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, the highest number of single cases in a single day ever recorded.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, the U.S. has recorded 103,087 new cases, bringing the total number since the beginning of the pandemic to 9,424,893. Michigan recorded more than 4,000 new cases for the first time, and Indiana was not too far behind with 3,756 cases. The Wisconsin Department of Health reported a record 5,935 new cases in the past 24 hours.
Minnesota reported 3,844 new cases on Wednesday, surpassing the previous one-day record set on Tuesday after the number of cases tended to jump. Maine saw 151 new cases, the largest increase since the pandemic began.
In addition, the seven-day rolling average of new infections in Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota rose by more than 45 percent, according to the Washington Post.
While grim records were set across the country, states reported that 52,000 people were hospitalized with the virus, the highest number since August. Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico reported record hospital admissions this week, and hospitals in Iowa and Missouri warned that bed capacity may soon reach its limits.
Hospitals in Utah treated 382 patients with COVID-19 on Wednesday – a record for the state – and some hospitals in Nebraska had to limit elective procedures and use nurses from other states. The head of the Arkansas Hospital Association said at a press conference on Tuesday that the state is facing a critical shortage of health workers.
Coronavirus data show that the number of hospital admissions has risen to about 1,000 people per day, with numbers growing faster in November than in October. The record-breaking figures are due to the fact that the approaching winter in the United States marks the third increase, which is taking on alarming proportions throughout the country and particularly in the Midwest and the Great Plains.
In June, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Senate committee that the U.S. could reach 100,000 cases a day, after expressing concern about the increase in new cases during the summer.
“Obviously we don’t have total control at the moment,” Fauci said, adding that “we are going in the wrong direction with new cases.
“It will be very worrying, I guarantee you, because if you have an outbreak in one part of the country when they are doing well in other parts of the country, they are vulnerable,” he said.
While President Donald Trump and Joe Biden fought for the presidency, there were still record numbers of cases. While states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Minnesota set one-day records on election day and 85,507 new cases were reported in the U.S. on Tuesday, the outbreak of coronavirus was not the main issue for some voters when they voted, according to polls.
Exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool show that voters were deeply divided about whether containing the corona virus or rebuilding the economy was the biggest problem facing the nation. Opinions were biased, with those who considered the pandemic the more pressing issue tending to vote for Biden, while those who gave priority to the economy tended to support Trump.
As infection rates and the number of hospitalizations increase during the winter months, the death toll will continue to rise. According to the COVID Tracking Project, the number of deaths caused by the virus in the USA currently stands at 225,831.