Editor’s note: This story will be updated regularly as new statistics are released.
The fall surge of new COVID-19 cases in the United States continues with no end in sight at the moment.
The New York Times reports the daily average of new COVID-19 cases this past week was 191,524. That’s is 12 percent higher than the average recorded two weeks ago.
The new average includes the 205,513 cases reported on Saturday.
Overall, the United States has now confirmed more than 14.6 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
There were more than 1 million cases recorded in the first five days of December.
Hospitalizations are sitting at more than 97,000, a new record. That number is 13,000 higher than the number recorded 10 days ago.
U.S. COVID-19-related deaths now exceed 281,000.
That includes the 2,190 deaths recorded on Saturday.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts the United States will top 470,000 deaths by March 1 if current conditions continue.
A New York Times daily tracking graph shows 39 states where “new cases are higher and staying high.”
There are 10 states where cases are “higher but going down.”
Only Hawaii is listed as “lower and staying low.”
A weekly tracking graph by Reuters that was updated on Nov. 30 reports there were 1.1 million new COVID-19 cases this past week as well as 10,000 deaths.
The numbers were almost 4 percent lower than the previous week, but the news agency points out that the Thanksgiving weekend may have causing some under-reporting of cases.
Reuters reports that there were 16 states where new cases rose this past week.
The rate of positive test results nationwide was 9.8 percent this past week, the same as the previous week. The World Health Organization considers a level above 5 percent to be “concerning.”
Iowa was the highest at 50 percent followed by Idaho at 44 percent and South Dakota at 41 percent.
In terms of percentage, Washington showed the largest increase among states for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases this past week. The state recorded 21,440 new positive tests over the previous week, a hike of 91 percent, according to Reuters.
California was next with an increase of 30 percent to 99,465 new cases. The state reported more than 20,000 cases on Wednesday, a new single-day record.
In third was New York, which showed an increase of 25 percent with 44,965 new cases.
Nevada was fourth with 16,639 new cases, a jump of 21 percent.
New Jersey was fifth with 29,936, a hike of 20 percent.
In terms of sheer numbers, California is now on top with its nearly 100,000 new cases.
Texas remains second with 73,072 new positive tests, a decrease of 7 percent from the previous week.
Illinois fell to third place with 63,960 new cases, a drop of nearly 23 percent.
Ohio is right behind in fourth with 63,013 new cases, an increase of 18 percent.
Florida is fifth with 54,246 new positive tests, an increase of 2 percent.
There are new concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. There were more than 3,000 deaths at nursing homes for the week that ended last Thursday, the highest number since June.
Experts point out that nursing homes account for about 6 percent of the nation’s COVID-19 cases but nearly 40 percent of the deaths.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is rising on almost a daily basis.
California now tops the list for states with hospitalizations. On Sunday, it had 9,430 people in the hospital for COVID-19. That is nearly 1,000 more than was recorded on Thursday.
Texas is second with 9,015 people hospitalized, slightly less than it reported on Thursday.
Illinois is third with 5,453 people hospitalized with COVID-19, about 400 fewer than on Thursday.
Pennsylvania has fourth highest number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 with 5,272, about 300 more than Thursday.
Ohio is in fifth place with 4,982 hospitalizations, about 200 less than Thursday.
At least 10 other states are also above the 2,100 mark.
The New York Times lists 40 states where deaths have risen in the past 2 weeks.
The Reuters graph lists 21 states where deaths have increased from the previous week.
Alaska had the highest percentage increase among states at 260 percent with 18 new deaths.
Delaware was second with a 83 percent increase for a total of 22 deaths.
Ohio was third with a 47 percent hike with 403 deaths.
Connecticut was fourth with an increase of 46 percent with 133 deaths.
They were followed by Maryland with an increase of 44 percent for a total of 191 deaths.
In terms of sheer numbers, Illinois recorded the most deaths with 831 this past week, a decrease of 6 percent from the previous week.
Texas was second with 806 deaths this past week, a drop of 20 percent.
Michigan followed with 592 deaths, an increase of 18 percent.
Florida was fourth with 522 deaths, an increase of 8 percent.
Pennsylvania was fifth with 514 deaths, a decrease of 2 percent.