US reports most daily infections since mid August


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The news of President Donald Trump and members of his inner circle testing positive for COVID-19 has sent shock waves across the country, but it’s not just the White House dealing with an onslaught of cases: Friday’s nationwide case count was the highest daily total in nearly two months.

There were 54,441 positive cases of the coronavirus reported on Friday, the highest single-day case count since Aug.14, when the country recorded just over 64,000 cases, per Johns Hopkins University data. 

The country’s daily cases peaked on July 16, when 77,362 positive tests were reported. 

Meanwhile, deaths have held relatively steady in recent weeks, as the weekly average is down a bit from a flare-up in late July and early August. Still, 906 Americans were announced dead from COVID-19 on Friday.

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A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Friday shows four states – Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska and Wisconsin – set records for new cases in a week while one state, North Dakota, had a record number of deaths in a week.

The spike in Wisconsin has been particularly sharp.

The state, which did not report a weekly average of more than 1,000 cases per day until September, has been routinely reporting more than 2,000 since Sept. 17. Deaths have started to tick up as well – the state reported its highest single-day number, 27, this week. 

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Meanwhile, the nation is staring down at least several more months until a vaccine is widely available. In September, the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director,  Robert R. Redfield, said a vaccine may not be available en masse to the American people until the middle of 2021.

It’s beenover 200 days since the first U.S. death of the coronavirus was announced, and since then, more than 7.3 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and nearly 210,000 have died in the U.S. 

Contributing: Michael Stucka, USA TODAY

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