Daily records continue to be set on a daily basis in terms of new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Hospitalizations from the disease are also on the rise.
In addition, deaths had been declining for weeks until a significant upward trend suddenly began appearing on Tuesday.
Overall, the United States now has more than 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. The country has recorded more than 1 million of those cases in the past month.
That includes a 1-day record of 66,600 new confirmed cases reported on Friday. That broke the previous record of 63,200 cases reported on Thursday.
Hospitalizations now stand at more than 48,000 and deaths have topped 134,000.
A daily tracking graph from the New York Times found that 37 states have shown an increase in new COVID-19 cases in the past 2 weeks.
In 10 states, the cases are mostly the same. There are three states — Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire — with a decrease in cases the past 14 days.
A weekly tracking graph by Reuters that was updated on Monday reports that new COVID-19 cases in the United States increased by 27 percent for the week that ended July 5.
The graph lists 41 states where case numbers rose this past week with nine states showing declines.
The rate of positive test results edged up slightly to 7.5 percent, according to Reuters. In all, 24 states reported positivity rates of more than 5 percent. That’s the level that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers “a cause for concern.”
Reuters reports that the testing rate also increased to 7.5 percent. July 3 saw a 1-day high of 721,000 tests performed nationwide.
However, the report notes that since hospitalizations and positive test percentages are rising, the increase in cases can’t be due to just increased testing.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases expert at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, agrees.
“COVID is not controlled in the U.S.,” Schaffner told Healthline. “The surge in hospitalizations is a result of the surge in new cases. The surge in new cases is the result of opening up without complete adherence to mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.”
He also expects cases and hospitalizations to continue to increase in the near future.
“There is no indication that the U.S. has any inclination to buckle down to a serious, sustained COVID control strategy,” Schaffner said.
As far as percentages, Tennessee recorded the biggest spike in new COVID-19 cases this past week.
The Reuters graph showed The Volunteer State reporting more than 11,000 new cases, an increase of 122 percent from the week before.
Delaware was next. Its 902 cases were 100 percent higher than the week before.
Overall, 16 states reported increases of at least 30 percent.
In terms of sheer numbers, no states are close to California, Florida, and Texas.
Florida reported almost 60,000 new cases last week, an increase of almost 35 percent.
On Friday morning, the Sunshine State reported 11,433 new cases during the previous 24 hours, slightly less than the July 3 record of 11,458.
There are new concerns this week in Florida due to the fact Disney World is planning to reopen part of its Orlando theme park on Saturday.
California recorded nearly 49,000 new confirmed cases this past week, a jump of 30 percent.
The Golden State reported 11,694 new cases on Wednesday morning. Some of those were a backlog of cases from Los Angeles County.
State officials reported California is averaging more than 8,000 cases per day during the past week.
On Friday, California officials reported another 7,798 new cases as the state surpassed 300,000 cases since the pandemic began.
Of particular concern is Orange County, where the rate of new cases has doubled in the past week. On Thursday, county officials reported another 1,292 new cases. The county has now topped 20,000 infections since the pandemic began, more than half of which have been recorded in the past month.
In addition, San Quentin State Prison has nearly 1,400 inmates who have tested positive for the virus.
Texas is also in record-breaking territory.
On Tuesday, the Lone Star State reported 10,028 new cases, a new 24-hour record. On Thursday, it reported another 9,782 new cases.
The Reuters graph showed Texas with more than 46,000 new cases this past week, a hike of 25 percent.
Arizona also continues to see a surge in cases with more than 3,600 new infections reported on Tuesday. On Friday, that number rose to 4,221 new cases.
Arizona now has more infections per capita at 3,300 per 1 million residents than any state in the union as well as more than any country in the world.
The Grand Canyon State recorded more than 24,000 new cases last week, a 12 percent increase from its record numbers the week before.
Arizona also has a test positivity rate of 26 percent. Florida’s rate is 19 percent while Mississippi is sitting at 17 percent, according to the Reuters graph.
On Friday, Georgia reported a single day record of 4,484 new cases. The mayor of Atlanta ordered the city to reverse course and return to its Phase One reopening plan.
Even states with smaller populations are reporting spikes.
On Friday, Iowa officials said that state recorded 744 new cases during the previous 24 hours, a single day record.
Oregon officials also reported a new single-day record on Thursday with 389 new diagnoses.
Officials in Illinois reported on Friday that their state recorded 1,317 new cases, the most since June 2 when Chicago was in the midst of the pandemic.
Concerns continue to be raised about the rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
In California, hospitalizations are up 50 percent from 2 weeks ago. There were 5,790 people in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Monday. Nearly one-third of those patients were in Los Angeles County. On Thursday, Orange County officials reported there have been 815 people hospitalized with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. They note that 37 percent of the county’s ICU beds are still available.
In Texas, there were 9,286 people hospitalized on Tuesday, the 10th straight day a single-day high had been set. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has quadrupled in the past month.
In Arizona, there were 3,421 in-patient beds and 871 ICU beds being used by people with COVID-19 on Tuesday. On Friday, state officials reported that 89 percent of ICU beds were now in use. One reason is the state reported that 2,008 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients visited emergency rooms on Tuesday, a 1-day record.
In Florida, 56 hospitals reported on Tuesday that their ICU facilities had reached capacity. Across the state, there are more than 16,000 people in the hospital. On Friday, officials reported an increase of 435 hospitalizations, a single day record.
In Georgia, hospitalizations have quadrupled in the past month. More than 2,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number since the pandemic began. On Thursday, state officials said more than 12,000 are hospitalized with 82 percent of critical care beds in use.
In Mississippi, health officials reported on Thursday that five of the state’s largest hospitals do not have ICU beds available for critically ill patients. They said Mississippi hospitals are “stretched thin.”
The Reuters report noted that deaths had continued to decrease, registering 3,447 people who died from COVID-19 this past week.
That’s significantly below the 2,000 deaths per day that were being registered in mid-April.
The Reuters graph shows that COVID-19 deaths dropped by 38 percent last week. In all, 38 states reported decrease in the number of deaths. The largest declines occurred in New Jersey and Illinois, both former COVID-19 hot spots.
Three states reported the same number of deaths while nine states recorded increases.
Among them were Florida with a 19 percent increase, Texas with a 16 percent hike, and California with a rise of 4 percent.
However, there has been a sharp uptick in deaths nationwide since Tuesday when 932Trusted Source COVID-19 fatalities were reported in the previous 24 hours. Another 991 deaths were recorded on Wednesday and 799 more deaths were recorded on Thursday.
Arizona reported a single-day record of 117 deaths on Tuesday, although 52 were from past death certificates. Another 44 new deaths were reported on Friday.
California also reported a daily record of 151 deaths on Wednesday, breaking record of 122 set on May 19. On Friday, the state recorded another 140 deaths.
Texas reported 105 additional deaths on Friday, breaking the single day record set on Tuesday.
Florida reported 93 additional deaths on Friday.