Another Record-Breaking Day of New Coronavirus Cases

US tops 7 million cases

While a recent increase in testing might explain some of the increase in cases, hospitalizations have also surged in the Midwest and are not influenced by the number of tests performed. Additionally, seven more people have died since Friday.

Public health efforts to limit the spread of the virus "need to especially target racial and ethnic minority and densely populated communities", the researchers concluded.

However, that number of daily positive tests in a state of more than 19 million people still puts NY in a much better position than many other states.

Wisconsin health officials reported a new record high of 2,817 COVID-19 cases recorded in a day.

In the last week, five Midwest states have reported record one-day rises in new infections - Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Tracker, the US reported more than 55,000 new cases on Friday.

Other states reporting record surges this week include Utah, which reported 1,411 new cases Friday.

The variety of hospitalized COVID-19 clients in Wisconsin likewise set a brand-new record for the 6th day in a row, increasing to 543 on Friday from 342 a week back.

South Dakota had the biggest percentage increase at 166 percent with 8,129 new cases over the last month compared to almost 4,900 cases from the month prior.

Eight deaths were reported on Thursday, which has only occurred on one other occasion, about 10 days ago. 19,050 of the positive cases are considered active.

Despite the record, interim State Health Officer Paul Mariani broke with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and rescinded an order requiring close contacts of known COVID-19 patients to quarantine for 14 days. Wyoming and North Dakota also had record numbers of COVID-19 patients in their hospitals last week. On average, the country is reporting 44,000 brand-new cases a day and about 700 deaths.

"Wisconsin is now experiencing unprecedented, near-exponential growth of the number of COVID-19 cases in our state", Evers said in a video posted to social media this week.

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