National numbers, Nov. 8

In the past week (November 1 through 7), the U.S. reported about 715,000 new COVID-19 cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project. This amounts to:

  • An average of 102,000 new cases each day
  • 218 total new cases per 100,000 people
  • 1 in 460 Americans getting diagnosed with COVID-19
  • 2.7 times the total cases Canada has reported over the entire course of the pandemic

While the Midwest is bearing the brunt of this recent surge, cases are rising across the country. 23 states broke their COVID-19 records in the past week, and the COVID Exit Strategy tracker currently categorizes almost every state as “trending poorly” or “uncontrolled spread.” Vermont and Hawaii are the only two exceptions.

America also saw:

  • 6,900 new COVID-19 deaths last week (2.1 per 100,000 people)
  • 55,800 people currently hospitalized with the disease (as of November 7)

There is no doubt that we’re seeing a third national surge, and we should not expect it to let up anytime soon. I recommend checking the COVID-19 Risk Levels Dashboard (by the Harvard Global Health Institute, Brown School of Public Health, et al.) for more detail on the current risk in your community.

Nationwide COVID-19 metrics published in the COVID Tracking Project’s daily update on November 7. America broke its single-day new case record for the fourth day in a row.

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