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Data: Compiled by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

23 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. 15 states surpassed records from the previous week.

Why it matters: More states across the country are handling record-high caseloads than this summer.

Records broken:

  • Oct. 31: None.
  • Nov. 1: Connecticut (2,651).
  • Nov. 2: Michigan (6,920).
  • Nov. 3: New Mexico (1,141).
  • Nov. 4: Idaho (1,290).
  • Nov. 5: Iowa (3,992), New Hampshire (245), Oklahoma (2,101), Oregon (790), and West Virginia (560).
  • Nov. 6: Colorado (3,369), Illinois (10,376), Indiana (4,714), Kansas (5,418), Maine (184), Minnesota (5,454), North Dakota (1,764), Nebraska (2,124), Nevada (1,562), Ohio (5,008), Pennsylvania (3,384), Rhode Island (630), Utah (2,987), and Wyoming (996).

Zoom in: Current ICU capacity in Colorado may be reached in late December, according to the latest modeling from the state's public health department.

  • Southwest and southeast Indiana have roughly 15% ICU beds available, while the state overall has more than a quarter of its ICU beds open, IndyStar reports.
  • In Michigan's rural Upper Peninsula, nearly all ICU beds across 15 hospitals were occupied as of Nov. 5, local outlet Bridge Michigan reports.
  • In Missouri and Kansas, hospitalizations continue to reach new highs, NPR's Kansas City station reports.

What they're saying: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) told reporters Thursday, “we are going to experience a surge in hospitalizations much higher than where we are now. And in some areas of our state that will mean that you’ll run out of hospital beds, and nurses and doctors who can treat you," the Chicago Tribune reports.

  • "If you're sick, stay home," Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) emphasized in a Nov. 5 briefing, while addressing the state's latest record for hospitalizations.
  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) tweeted on Friday: "The increase we're seeing is not because we're testing more — it's because this virus is spreading more," after noting the state's record-setting day of infections and hospitalizations.
  • "It's everywhere," Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Nov. 2 — referring to the virus spreading into rural counties along with metropolitan areas.

Go deeper: A new round of COVID shutdowns hits the U.S. and Europe

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.

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Jan 30, 2021 - World

Germany to impose travel restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus variants

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Germany announced Friday that it was imposing new travel restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

Details: All non-German residents traveling from countries deemed "areas of variant concern," including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Lesotho and Eswatini, will be banned from entering the country, even if they test negative for the coronavirus.

Jan 30, 2021 - World

Science helps New Zealand avoid another coronavirus lockdown

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New Zealand has avoided locking down for a second time over COVID-19 community cases because of a swift, science-led response.

Why it matters: The Health Ministry said in an email to Axios Friday there's "no evidence of community transmission" despite three people testing positive after leaving managed hotel isolation. That means Kiwis can continue to visit bars, restaurants and events as much of the world remains on lockdown.

Jan 29, 2021 - Health

J&J says its one-shot vaccine is 66% effective against moderate to severe COVID

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Johnson & Johnson announced Friday that its single-shot coronavirus vaccine was 66% effective in protecting against moderate to severe COVID-19 disease in Phase 3 trials, which was comprised of nearly 44,000 participants across eight countries.

Between the lines: The vaccine was 72% effective in the U.S., but only 57% effective in South Africa, where a more contagious variant has been spreading. It prevented 85% of severe infections and 100% of hospitalizations and deaths, according to the company.