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US in 3rd Coronavirus Surge as Infections Spike

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People attend a candlelight vigil and procession in tribute to all of the lives affected by the coronavirus on October 19, 2020, in New York City. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 October 2020 08:35 AM

The United States is in the midst of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with case numbers spiking in several states and the overall numbers showing an upward trend.

The New York Times noted that the Midwest and West are experiencing the biggest spike, although the number of COVID-19 cases is going up in many other parts of the country.

Ohio, for example, currently has more people hospitalized with the virus than at any other time during the pandemic, which started earlier this year. North Dakota has the most cases per capita. Sixteen states saw more new cases over the last week than they did at any other point this year.

According to WorldoMeter, the seven-day moving average of new cases in the U.S. has been ticking up for several weeks. The numbers could soon surpass the highest one-day tally of new cases, just under 79,000 on July 24. On Tuesday, the seven-day average was slightly under 61,000.

One positive takeaway is that deaths from the virus are not increasing like the case count is. The number of daily deaths has remained under 1,000 over the last month.

Doctors and other experts have warned for months, however, about the potential for COVID-19 and the flu to cause chaos in hospitals starting in the fall. No vaccine for the coronavirus is available yet, but healthcare experts are urging everyone to get a flu shot.

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The United States is in the midst of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with case numbers spiking in several states and the overall numbers showing an upward trend. The New York Times noted that the Midwest and West are experiencing the biggest spike, although the...
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