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.

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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.

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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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