US Midwest sees surge in COVID-19 cases as four states report record increases
REUTERS: Four US states in the Midwest reported record one-day increases in COVID-19 cases on Saturday (Sep 26) as infections rise nationally for a second week in a row, according to a Reuters analysis.
Minnesota reported 1,418 new cases, Montana 343 new cases, South Dakota reported 579 and Wisconsin had 2,902 new cases.
In the last week, seven mostly Midwest states have reported record one-day rises in new infections – Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Minnesota and Utah reported record increases two days in a row.
The United States recorded 58,461 new cases on Friday, the highest one-day increase since Aug 7. The United States is reporting nearly 46,000 new infections on average each day, compared with 40,000 a week ago and 35,000 two weeks ago.
All Midwest states except Ohio reported more cases in the past four weeks as compared with the prior four weeks, according to a Reuters analysis.
Some of the new cases are likely related to an increase in the number of tests performed. In the last week, the country has performed over 1 million coronavirus tests three out of seven days – a new record, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak.
However, hospitalizations have also surged in the Midwest and are not influenced by the number of tests performed.
Wisconsin's hospitalizations have set new records for six days in a row, rising to 543 on Friday from 342 a week ago. South Dakota's hospitalisations set records five times this week, rising to 213 on Saturday from 153 last week.
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