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U.S. Sees Surge of New Coronavirus Infections Over Weekend

New infections show that many Americans continue to ignore warnings about how SARS-CoV-2 spreads

On Friday, October 16, 2020, the United States experienced the most new SARS-CoV-2 virus infection cases in four months (July). The country had a total of 69,276 new cases. The daily average since September has been approximately 55,000 cases. By Sunday, October 18, John Hopkins University revealed that states had reported 8,106,384 total cases to-date and the death toll reached 219,286.

Which States Have Been Hit Hardest?

Experts base new coronavirus case spikes on daily new infection numbers and the average number of new cases over time. The list of states that experienced an average new case increase by 10 to 50 percent include Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. On Friday, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming broke new infection records by reporting their highest single-day new case rates ever.

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