The U.S. had its deadliest day in more than six months on Tuesday after reporting more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, states have attributed an additional 2,028 deaths to the coronavirus, up from 956 on Monday and 1,555 on Tuesday last week.
This increased the death toll to 250,925. Johns Hopkins University, which uses an alternative method to CTP, said last week that deaths had passed the quarter of a million mark.
The recent surge in deaths was the largest single-day surge in deaths since the record 2,753 May 7, when northeastern states like New York and New Jersey were badly hit in the early stages of the pandemic.
According to a Financial Times analysis of CTP data, the US recorded an average of 1,517 deaths per day for the past week, the highest rate since mid-May.
Coronavirus deaths tend to lag behind cases and hospital stays.
The recent surge in the death rate beyond those seen during the summer spike contradicts claims that the record highs of coronavirus cases – and hospital admissions – last month were merely a function of the nation's daily testing capacity, which was steadily increasing.
Commuters in masks wait at a bus stop in Detroit
Several states each reported more than 100 deaths, including Texas (162), Michigan (154), Illinois (150), Indiana (103). Missouri (189) and Wisconsin (114) both set daily records for deaths, as did Alaska (13), Maine (12) and Oregon (21), according to an FT analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project.
The number of people currently being treated for Covid-19 in U.S. hospitals reached 88,080, a record high for the 15th day in a row. 17 states reported the highest number of hospitalizations related to the pandemic, compared with 19, which hit records on Tuesday last week.
The states reported 166,672 coronavirus cases, up from 150,975 on Monday and nearly 10,000 more than Tuesday last week.
While there have been some developments – Texas and California reported their largest and second largest one-day jumps in new cases since the pandemic began – trends in the Midwest are beginning to show signs of improvement.
Ohio was the only one of the 12 states in the region where the 7-day average of cases hit a record Tuesday, while six of them are at least 10 percent below peak rates, according to CTP data.