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Current coronavirus hospital admissions in the U.S. topped 39,000 on Tuesday for the first time in two months, while infections rose by more than 60,000 for the first time in several days, reflecting the virus's greater spread across the Midwest is.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, U.S. states have a total of 39,230 people in hospitals with coronavirus across the country, up from 37,744 on Monday. That's an increase of 9 percent over the past week and a jump of a third over the last month.
This is the highest since the 39,984 patients reported on August 22nd. This emerges from the Financial Times' analysis of the data from the Covid Tracking Project.
For the first time since July 23, 10 states today reported the highest hospital admissions during the pandemic.
Six of them – Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – are in the Midwest, which has become the new coronavirus hotspot in the United States.
As of Tuesday, 15 states had reported record highs in hospital admissions every day for the past week, most on a rolling seven-day basis since Aug. 4.
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Seven of these 15 states are in the Midwest, while others include Kentucky and West Virginia, and mountain states such as Montana and Utah.
An additional 60,582 coronavirus cases were reported by states today, according to CTP data, up from 57,148 on Monday and 48,387 on Tuesday last week.
It was the biggest one-day jump since Friday's three-month high of 68,124 cases, bringing the U.S. average to nearly 59,000 cases a day over the past week.
Another 832 deaths were attributed to coronavirus, up from 456 on Monday and 690 on Tuesday last week.
Four states – North Carolina (53), Wisconsin (35), Montana (11), and Wyoming (4) – saw record one-day jumps in deaths, according to FT analysis of the CTP data.