The United States has broken its record for new coronavirus cases in a single-day, for the second consecutive day running, with 88,521 infections – as total cases surpass nine million.
On Thursday, America reported 88,500 new cases, breaking the previous single-day record of around 83,700 last Saturday. Now that record has been broken again as new cases soared again to 88,521.
Total cases now stand at 9,043,957, more than 20 percent of the world’s total, with 229,676 deaths.
California leads the US with more than 929,000 total cases, followed by Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois, respectively. The Midwest and Mountain States also report surges in infections.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that ‘more testing equals more cases’ and claimed that COVID-19 coronavirus deaths are ‘WAY DOWN’ with assertions the US is ’rounding the turn.’
However, while daily deaths are low compared to figures seen in the early days of the pandemic, they are creeping back upward with 971 fatalities reported on Thursday and 994 reported on Wednesday.
On average, about 800 people are dying per day, according to the DailyMail.com analysis.
The US surpassed nine million cases on Friday just hours after reporting a record-high of more than 88,521 new coronavirus cases on Friday
Death rates have dropped for the most severely ill patients – from more than 25 percent to less than 10 percent, according to one New York City hospital – but experts say the recent surge in infections could undo the progress.
Cases have been surging across the country, with the Midwest and Mountain West in particular seeming to shatter new records every day.
In Illinois, health officials reported a single-day high of 6,363 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
Statewide metrics since October 1 are staggering with cases up 151 percent, deaths up 82 percent and hospitalizations up 73 percent, reported WLS-TV.
‘We have a real problem on our hands and people’s lives hang in the balance,’ Gov. JB Pritzker said during a press conference yesterday.
Pritzker recently banned indoor dining in restaurants and indoor service at bars and has called for no gatherings of more than 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
In nearby Wisconsin, things aren’t much better.
The seven-day rolling average number of new daily cases also hit a new high of 76,541 (second from right), according to data from Johns Hopkins University as hospitalizations and deaths tweak upward
In Illinois, health officials reported a single-day high of 6,363 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and cases are up 151% since October 1
On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 4,870 new infections – nearly a 37 percent positive test rate – and second only to the record-high of 5,262 recorded on Tuesday.
According to WBAY, the state has added almost 15,000 coronavirus cases to the total count in the last four days.
Health officials say the seven-day rolling average is 4,128 new cases a day and the seven-day average positivity rate is 29.11 percent, both figures of which are all-time highs.
Wisconsin was the subject of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that tracked the spread of COVID-19 at a summer camp in the southeastern part of the state.
Between July 2 and August 11, one camper, who tested negative before arrival, contracted the virus and then spread it to nearly 80 percent of the camp’s attendees.
‘COVID-19 spreads like wildfire when you bring a lot of people together in a relatively small space,’ Julie Willems Van Dijk, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
‘If there was one person who was ill with COVID-19, they easily spread that to everyone in their housing unit and then the nature of summer camp where you eat meals together, go swimming together, do activities together, sing around the campfire together – all of those activities are great spreading events.
On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 4,870 new infections with a record-high seven day rolling average and seven-day average positive test rate
North Dakota is reporting 99 new infections 100,000 people, but previously was the first US state to surpass 100 per 100,000 since the pandemic began
South Dakota now has the worst rate in the nations with 109 cases per 100,000 people and a positive test rate of 40%
Among the Great Plains, two states, North Dakota and South Dakota, were largely spared from the virus until recently, and currently have two of the country’s worst outbreaks
Trump’s explanation of more testing doesn’t explain the surge. Vox reports that the testing average in South Dakota increased by 11 percent but cases soared by 20 percent
Dr Bonny Specker, an epidemiologist at South Dakota State University, told the site that the reason for the rise in the Dakota was due to a lack of public health measures.
‘Federal and many state leaders have not implemented mandates or reinforced [public health agencies] recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus,’ she said.
‘In South Dakota, the governor had the information needed to minimize the impact of this virus on the health of South Dakotans, but she ignored that information as well as national recommendations from the CDC.’
Wyoming currently ranks fifth in the nation with 57.9 new infections per 100,000 people and a positive test rate of 55.21%
In the Mountain West, the least populous state in the union – Wyoming – now ranks among the worst states for COVID-19 infection rate.
The state now ranks fifth in the nation with 57.9 new infections per 100,000 people.
Dr Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, visited the Wind River Hotel and Casino on Wednesday to Wyoming’s COVID-19 response.
She said the surge is due to lack of face masks indoors and the need of people under 35 to get tested regularly regardless of whether or not they display symptoms.
‘Wear your mask, physically distance, but really pay attention to what you’re doing in the household, in both public and private spaces, to not gather in that way that we know is spreading the virus,’ Birx said.
However, across the US. researchers have found that the death rate among the most seriously ill patients seems to be improving.
A new study from NYU Langone Health looked at the outcomes of more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized among the system’s three hospitals between March and August.
Experts say the reason for the drop in death rate is likely due to a combination of factors including better understanding of how to treat the disease, better awareness among the general public and people being treated before their cases become serious.
‘We don’t have a magic bullet cure, but we have a lot, a lot of little things, that add up,’ senior author Dr Leora Horwitz, director of NYU Langone’s Center for Healthcare Innovation & Delivery Science, told The New York Times.
We understand better when people need to be on ventilators and when they don’t, and what complications to watch for, like blood clots and kidney failure.
‘We understand how to watch for oxygen levels even before patients are in the hospital, so we can bring them in earlier. And of course, we understand that steroids are helpful, and possibly some other medications.’
However, with cases and hospitalizations on the rise, there is fear that deaths will not be far behind.
‘If hospitals that aren’t prepared for large numbers of people have to deal with a large influx of Covid patients, or small hospitals get pulled into it, we should expect that mortality could change unfortunately. That’s a warning,’ Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, told The Times.
Medical experts are worrying that the surges in cases around the country could reverse or roll back those gains.