By Anurag Maan and Lisa Shumaker
(Reuters) – Four U.S. states in the Midwest reported record one-day increases in COVID-19 cases on Saturday as infections surged nationwide for the second consecutive week, according to a Reuters analysis.
Minnesota reported 1,418 new cases, Montana 343 new cases, South Dakota reported 579, and Wisconsin had 2,902 new cases.
In the past week, seven mostly Midwestern states have reported record one-day increases in new infections: Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Minnesota and Utah reported record increases for two consecutive days.
The United States recorded 58,461 new cases on Friday, the highest one-day increase since August 7. The United States reports an average of nearly 46,000 new infections every day, up from 40,000 a week ago and 35,000 two weeks ago. (Image: https://tmsnrt.rs/36aMV0o)
According to a Reuters analysis, all Midwestern states except Ohio have reported more cases in the past four weeks than in the previous four weeks.
Some of the new cases are likely related to an increase in the number of tests performed. In the past week, the country has performed more than 1 million coronavirus tests three out of seven days – a new record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to monitor the outbreak.
However, hospitalizations have also increased in the Midwest and are unaffected by the number of tests performed.
Wisconsin hospitalizations set new records for six consecutive days, climbing to 543 Friday from 342 a week ago. South Dakota hospitalizations have set records five times this week, climbing to 213 on Saturday from 153 last week.
“Wisconsin is now experiencing unprecedented and near exponential growth in the number of COVID-19 cases in our state,” Governor Tony Evers said in a video posted on social media.
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming also had record numbers of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the past week.
Cases have also resumed in the Northeast, including the early epicenters of New York and New Jersey.
In New York on Friday, for the first time since June 5, more than 1,000 people tested positive for COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
The United States recently passed the 200,000 lives lost to the coronavirus, the highest death toll in the world.
(GRAPH: COVID-19 global tracker, https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/)
(Reported by Anurag Maan in Bengaluru and Lisa Shumaker in Chicago; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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