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US sets new record for increase in COVID-19 cases day after election

Nine states reported record one-day increases in cases on Wednesday: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.

By: Reuters | Updated: November 5, 2020 8:51:37 am
US covid cases, US covid toll, US covid death toll, US covid lockdown, US covid restrictions, US elections, US presidential elections, US election results, World news, Indian ExpressSasha Jacquez tests The University of Texas at El Paso student Ariona Gill for coronavirus Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Center in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)

The United States set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with at least 102,591 new infections and as hospitals in several states reported a rising tide of patients, according to a Reuters tally.

Nine states reported record one-day increases in cases on Wednesday: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of American life, including a record number of voters mailing in their ballots in Tuesday’s presidential election, whose outcome has yet to be decided.

In addition to rising cases, on Tuesday hospitalizations topped 50,000 for the first time in three months. North Dakota reported only six free intensive care unit beds in the entire state on Wednesday, when it was one of 14 states that reported record levels of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

Traders wearing protective masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus work beside an electronic board showing morning market summaries at the Philippine Stock Exchange in Taguig, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, as investors await for partial results in the US elections. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Hospitalization are a key metric because they are not impacted by the amount of testing done.

The proportion of tests coming back positive is greater than 50% in South Dakota and over 40% in Iowa and Wyoming.

The World Health Organization says rates of more than 5% are concerning because they indicate undetected community transmission.

Coronavirus deaths are trending higher but not at the same rate as cases. The United States is averaging 850 deaths a day, up from 700 a month ago.

Poll workers sit with sanitizing equipment at a polling place set up inside the recreation center at Campus Hills Park in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Pete Kiehart/The New York Times)

The outbreak is hitting the Midwest the hardest, based on new cases per capita in recent weeks.

Illinois has reported 48,579 cases in the last seven days, more than any other state. Texas, which has twice as many residents, reported 47,932 cases and both California and Florida reported about 30,000 new cases each.

The previous U.S. record for new cases in a day was 100,233 on Oct. 30, the highest ever reported by any country in the world.

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