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U.S. COVID-19 cases surge

Are we in part 2 of the pandemic? Many states are reporting a high number of new Covid cases. The Fall Covid surge is here. Wear your mask, wash your hands, stay safe!

More than 20 states have set records for new coronavirus infections in recent days. States across the US are reporting record numbers of new coronavirus cases.

Since Saturday, more than 20 states have hit a new high in their seven-day average of reported case counts, and more than half of those states set records again Tuesday, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are driving the surge, while states farther west — such as Colorado, Idaho and the Dakotas — have seen their cases rise steadily for weeks.

For the first time since August, the country’s seven-day average of new cases topped 50,000. The rising numbers will have an even greater increase this winter, when drier conditions and more time spent indoors will help the virus spread.

“Things will get better, but in all likelihood, things will get worse before they get better,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) wrote on Twitter. “This virus is sneaky and cunning and won’t give up. It has a mind of its own.”

The October surge cases appears to be heating up as businesses reopen and people gather at political rallies and other events. The New York Times reports the daily average of new cases in the United States this past week are at a 19 percent increase from the average 2 weeks ago.

The Times states that the higher numbers are being driven by a surge in parts of the Upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain region.

In addition, Reuters reports an 11 percent in new COVID-19 cases during the past week, with the Midwest recording rising caseloads as well as high positivity rates.

Overall, the United States now has more than 7.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations stand at more than 31,000, which is significantly below the 50,000-plus numbers posted in late July but an increase from the 25,000 reported 3 weeks ago. COVID-19 related deaths have now topped 215,000.

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