13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and state health departments. Kansas, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming surpassed records from the previous week.
The big picture: The pandemic is getting worse again across the country, and daily coronavirus cases have risen in the U.S. for six straight weeks, according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios. The U.S. reported over 80,000 new cases on both Friday and Saturday.
- Oct. 17: Idaho (1,094) and Nebraska (1,286).
- Oct. 18: None.
- Oct. 19: Kansas (2,113).
- Oct. 20: North Dakota (1,036).
- Oct. 21: New Mexico (827).
- Oct. 22: Indiana (2,880) and Montana (932).
- Oct. 23: Colorado (1,373), Oregon (550), South Dakota (1,132), Tennessee (3,606), Utah (1,960), Wyoming (426). Although Alabama reported a large spike, the health department was processing a backlog of antigen tests.
- In Tennessee, cases and hospitalizations have reached similar levels as they did in July — when the rest of the country faced new highs in COVID cases.
- Although COVID cases in Colorado have surged to a new record, hospitalizations in the state are nowhere near the highs seen in April and May.
What they're saying: "Utah is at a turning point this week, and our hospitals are on the verge of being unable to meet the ever-increasing demand for critical care," Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said in a Saturday statement.
- Colorado's health department said Saturday that "intensive care unit hospital capacity may be exceeded" in December or January, due to increased contact over the holidays.
- "The virus is winning," New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) tweeted on Saturday, noting that the state had broken its record for daily hospitalizations. "Please, buckle down and don't give up the fight."
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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that New York recorded the most cases during the week of 9/26-10/2 since May, not the start of the pandemic. This piece is also updated to include COVID Tracking Project data, in addition to data taken from state health departments.