Daily records for new COVID-19 cases in the United States continue to be broken nearly every day as the fall surge of the disease shows no signs of letting up.
The New York Times reports the daily average of new COVID-19 cases this past week has reached 155,442 — an 82 percent increase from the average 2 weeks ago.
That includes the 166,226 new cases reported on Monday, Nov. 16, just 3 days after the United States set a daily record of more than 184,000 cases on Friday.
Overall, the United States has now confirmed more than 11.3 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Hospitalizations have now surpassed 70,000, a new record. That number is more than 10,000 higher than the number recorded a week ago.
U.S. COVID-19-related deaths have now exceeded 248,000.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts the United States will top 438,000 deaths by March 1 if current conditions continue.
A daily tracking graph from the New York Times shows 47 states where “new cases are higher and staying high.”
That leaves just 3 states, which are where new cases are lower but going up.
That means increases are being reported in all 50 states.
A weekly tracking graph by Reuters that was updated on Nov. 16 reports that there were more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases in the United States this past week. That was about 250,000 more than the previous week.
It was the sixth straight week that new cases have gone up.
Reuters reports that there were 49 states where new cases rose this past week. The only state that reported a decrease was Hawaii.
The rate of positive test results nationwide also rose from 8.2 percent to 10 percent this past week. The World Health Organization considers a level above 5 percent to be “concerning.”
Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota had positivity rates above 50 percent.
In terms of percentage, Vermont showed the largest increase among states for new confirmed COVID-19 cases this past week. The state recorded 497 new positive tests over the previous week, a hike of 153 percent, according to Reuters.
Louisiana was next with an increase of 119 percent, equaling out to 11,532 new cases.
In third was New Hampshire, which showed an increase of 71 percent with 2,183 new cases.
New Jersey was fourth with 24,680 new cases, a jump of 65 percent.
Another 29 states had an increase higher than 30 percent.
In terms of sheer numbers, Illinois remains on top with 85,707 new cases reported last week, a jump of 32 percent.
Texas is second with 71,528 new positive tests, an increase of 25 percent from the previous week. Last week, Texas became the first state to top 1 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
California has moved up to third with 54,997 new cases, also a hike of 37 percent. The spike prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions in 40 counties.
Wisconsin is fourth with 48,014 new cases, a jump of 18 percent and Ohio follows with 47,828 new cases, an increase of 53 percent.
Michigan is sixth with 46,789 new cases, an increase of 48 percent. The surge in Michigan led the governor to declare that the situation has reached unprecedented levels.
“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a news conference on Sunday. “The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice, and we need to take some action.”
There have been concerns that campaign rallies held by President Donald Trump before the November 3 election were fueling spikes of COVID-19 cases.
A study from Stanford University reported that 18 Trump rallies between June 20 and September 22 may have led to 30,000 COVID-19 cases and 700 deaths. The researchers noted that the cases weren’t limited to people who attended the rallies.
An analysis by CNN of 17 Trump rallies in 13 states reported that 14 of the host counties showed increased cases of COVID-19 a month after the campaign gatherings.
CNN reported that 10 of the counties saw new cases increase at a higher rate than the rest of their state.
Eight of the 14 counties had declining case rates before the rallies.
It was also reported last week that more than 130 Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s travel detail have either tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine.
The number of people in hospitals for COVID-19 is rising on a daily basis.
One report noted that 70 percent of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are now in use across the country.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Texas was listed as having 7,468 people hospitalized with COVID-19, about 1,300 more than reported a week ago but still well below the high of 10,893 reported in late July.
Illinois is second among states with 5,581 hospitalized patients, about 800 more than a week ago.
California finds itself in third with 3,852 people hospitalized with COVID-19, about 700 more than a week ago.
Ohio now has the fourth highest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients with 3,387, about 1,300 more than a week ago.
Florida follows with 3,243 hospitalizations, almost 1,000 more than a week ago.
At least 12 other states are also above the 1,500 mark.
Reuters reports COVID-related deaths averaged 1,100 per day this past week, a 12 percent increase from the week before.
The Times lists 30 states where COVID-19-related deaths have risen in the past 2 weeks.
The Reuters graph lists 34 states where deaths had increased the previous week.
Alaska had the highest percentage increase among states at 1,300 percent with 14 new deaths.
Maine was second with a 160 percent increase for a total of 13 deaths.
Delaware was third with a 125 percent hike of 18 deaths.
There were 21 states with an increase of more than 30 percent in COVID-19 deaths.
In terms of sheer numbers, Texas recorded the most deaths with 821 this past week, an increase of 22 percent from the previous week.
Illinois was second with 624 fatalities this past week, a jump of 35 percent.
Michigan followed with 431 deaths, an increase of 75 percent.
Florida was fourth with 401 deaths, an increase of 19 percent.
North Dakota now has the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita in the world with 18.2 deaths per 1 million people. South Dakota is third with a death rate of 17.4 per million.
Experts say this region has been slow to adapt to safety protocols such as mask wearing. On Monday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem again refused to implement a statewide mask mandate.
Experts also blame an annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, held in August that more than 400,000 people attended. That event, experts say, is linked to hundreds, if not thousands, of COVID-19 cases.