Nov 5, 2020 - Health

U.S. exceeds 100,000 new COVID-19 cases for first time

Data: Covid Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Covid Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. reported 103,087 new daily coronavirus infections on Wednesday, setting a single-day record for cases, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

Why it matters: This is the first time the U.S. has reported over 100,000 new cases in a single day — a reminder of the high stakes of the election as votes continue to be tabulated.

  • Wednesday's record comes a day after Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Ohio set their own state records as voters went to the polls.

The state of play: The U.S. set its previous daily record for cases — 97,000 — on Oct. 30.

  • The COVID Tracking Project recorded 1,116 new deaths and 2,802 new hospitalizations over the past 24-hour stretch.

What to watch: Public experts have warned of heightened risk for increased cases and deaths as the U.S. heads into the winter months, and the pandemic intersects with the season flu.

  • Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said last Sunday that his "view is the inflection point will be Thanksgiving," when states could start seeing exponential growth.

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