At least 11 states reported a record increase in COVID-19 cases in a single day on Friday, as more than 100,000 cases of the novel virus occurred in the U.S. for the third consecutive day.
Arkansas, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska and West Virginia reached record levels, according to the state health departments.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, new COVID-19 cases increased by 1,870, surpassing the state’s previous daily record of 1,584 cases reported on Thursday. There are now more than 119,000 confirmed cases of the new virus in Arkansas and at least 2,056 deaths.
In Ohio, 5,008 new cases have been reported, marking the first time the state has reported more than 5,000 cases within 24 hours. According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were also 33 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to over 240,000 and at least 5,494 deaths.
Health officials in Illinois reported 10,375 new COVID-19 cases, most of which the state has seen during the current pandemic. According to the state Department of Health, there are currently over 465,000 cases of the new virus and at least 10,079 deaths.
North Carolina reported 2,908 new cases of COVID-19, the largest increase in cases in one day in the state. According to the state Department of Health, there are currently over 288,000 cases and at least 4,582 deaths.
According to the state health departments, Pennsylvania (3,384 cases), Indiana (4,714 new cases), Minnesota (5,454 cases), Utah (2,987 cases), Kansas (5,418 cases), West Virginia (540 cases) and Nebraska (2,681 cases) also had record increases in COVID-19 cases per day.
The record increase in cases in a single day is due to the fact that over 100,000 cases of the novel virus occurred in the U.S. for the third consecutive day.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, at least 125,552 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday. The COVID Tracking Project data shows that at least 116,255 new cases were reported in the U.S. on Thursday and 103,087 new cases on Wednesday.
After the U.S. recorded over 100,000 cases on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert on infectious diseases, suggested that the U.S. had never really reached “a very low baseline.
“When we had essentially completed this first wave, if you will, we never went back to a very low baseline,” Fauci said in an interview with NBC News on Friday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to senators in June and predicted that the US could eventually reach 100,000 cases per day.
“I think it is important to tell you and the American public that I am very concerned because it could be very bad,” Fauci said in June. “We cannot continue to pretend that the virus is getting better.”
In an interview with the Washington Post on October 30, Fauci said that the U.S. “couldn’t possibly be in a worse position” because the Americans had to stay inside because of the cold weather.
“We are facing a lot of suffering,” he told the Post.
According to a tracker at Johns Hopkins University, there are currently over 9.7 million confirmed cases of the novel virus in the U.S. and at least 236,037 deaths.
Several other states also recorded record single-day highs last week, adding to concerns that a significant spread of COVID-19 has been observed in the population in much of the United States. On Wednesday, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maine reported an increase in the number of single-day deaths.
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