More than 68,000 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the US on Friday, the highest number in a single day since July, further confirming that the country is in the midst of a coronavirus resurgence.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project, the last time the U.S. saw close to 68,000 new cases a day was on July 31, when a summer peak began to recede.
Cases fell from August to mid-September. But public health experts have long feared an increase in cases as the cold season begins, leading to people indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread. Cases are on the rise in a majority of states, particularly in the far northwest, including Dakotas, Montana and Wisconsin ̵1; where Donald Trump is due to hold a rally on Saturday night.
This week, the US averaged 55,000 new cases a day, a 60% increase compared to mid-September.
“You can not enter the cool autumn months and cold winter months with a high baseline of infection in the community,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert, on Friday, while discussing difficulties that the virus will present in the coming weeks.
Fauci has repeatedly said that the US is in the first wave of coronavirus, pointing out that case numbers do not sink to a low enough point to form an end to that first stage. On Friday, the US hit a global record of total cases, 8 million since March, with a death toll of nearly 220,000.
Public officials are continuing for the increase in hospitals. On Friday, the hospital rate rose to 37,336, according to the Covid Tracking Project, the highest since Aug. 28. Officers in Utah, Missouri and Indiana have indicated that some hospitals are beginning to be overwhelmed. The governors of New Mexico and Kentucky have said they will tighten Covid-19 rules.
New cases reached 4,100 in Wisconsin on Friday, a record high every day. The state has set up overflow hospital facilities and the national guard manages excess test areas.
Joe Biden currently leads Donald Trump by nearly seven points in Wisconsin, commonly considered a battlefield state. On Saturday Trump was due to hold a rally in Janesville, nearly 175 miles away from La Crosse, Minnesota, his designated area until local officials urged the president to move the rally amid many cases.
Biden issued a statement about Trump’s plans.
“Wisconsin is in the grip of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country,” he said. “President Trump knows that the severity of the virus is lowering. With almost every turn, he panics and tries to keep it away rather than make the effort to control it.”