Twenty-one states saw an increase in their seven-day average of daily new coronavirus cases this week in comparison with the previous week, as new infections nationwide also surged.
Alabama recorded the biggest increase, a 92 percent change in its seven-day average, with 645 new cases daily. Oregon’s seven-day average was up 83.8 percent, while South Carolina’s was up 60.3 percent.
A dozen states hit their record-high seven-day-average of new cases: Alabama, Oregon, South Carolina, Florida, Alaska, Oklahoma, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, California, North Carolina and Texas. Five states reached new single-day case highs Saturday: Alabama (888), Alaska (29), Florida (2,581), Oklahoma (225) and South Carolina (785).
Saturday is usually one of the days of the week with the most reports of new cases, but the latest nationwide daily tally still stands out as the highest on a Saturday since May. There were 26,222 new cases reported Saturday, up from 23,881 a week ago.
An increase of coronavirus cases in counties with fewer than 60,000 people is part of the trend of infections surging across the rural United States. Health experts worry those areas, already short of resources before the pandemic, will struggle to track new cases.
Hospitalizations have risen as well. In Arkansas there has been a 120.7 percent increase in hospitalizations, from 92 cases to 203, since Memorial Day. Arizona has reported a 69.5 percent increase, from 833 hospitalizations to 1,412, in the same time frame. And Texas recorded a 43.3 percent jump as of Saturday.
In New York, meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Saturday reported the hard-hit state’s lowest number of new coronavirus deaths since the pandemic’s start. “We have tamed the beast,” he declared at a news conference.
The 21 states that saw an increase in their seven-day average of daily new cases this week are Wyoming, Hawaii, Alabama, Oregon, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Alaska, Texas, Vermont, Georgia, Washington and California.