The fall surge of new COVID-19 cases in the United States shows no signs of letting up.
The New York Times reports the daily average of new COVID-19 cases this past week has hit 173,165 — a 49 percent increase from the average 2 weeks ago.
That includes 179,067 cases reported on Monday.
Overall, the United States has now confirmed more than 12.5 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Hospitalizations are sitting at more than 82,000, a new record. That number is 5,000 higher than the number recorded on Friday.
U.S. COVID-19-related deaths now exceed 258,000.
The New York Times reports there were 1,032 deaths reported on Monday with an average now of 1,200 per day.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts the United States will top 470,000 deaths by March 1 if current conditions continue.
A New York Times daily tracking graph shows 49 states where “new cases are higher and staying high.”
Hawaii is the only state reporting a decrease in cases.
A weekly tracking graph by Reuters that was updated on Nov. 23 reports a 13 percent increase in new COVID-19 cases this past week to an average of 168,000 per day.
It was the seventh straight week that new cases have gone up.
Reuters reports that there were 43 states where new cases rose this past week.
The rate of positive test results nationwide was 9.8 percent this past week, down slightly from the 10 percent recorded the previous week. The World Health Organization considers a level above 5 percent to be “concerning.”
Iowa was the highest at 56 percent followed by South Dakota at 45 percent and Idaho at 40 percent.
In terms of percentage, New Mexico showed the largest increase among states for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases this past week. The state recorded 17,695 new positive tests over the previous week, a hike of 90 percent, according to Reuters.
Virginia was next with an increase of 62 percent with 15,836 new cases.
In third was Arizona, which showed an increase of 50 percent with 24,229 new cases.
Vermont was fourth with 740 new cases, a jump of 49 percent.
In all, 20 states had an increase higher than 20 percent.
In terms of sheer numbers, Illinois remains on top with 82,807 new cases reported last week, although that was a decrease of 3 percent.
Texas is second with 78,641 new positive tests, an increase of 10 percent from the previous week.
California is right behind in third place with 76,152 new cases, a hike of 38 percent. It’s the second straight week the state has had an increase above 30 percent.
Ohio is now fourth with 53,323 new cases, a jump of 11 percent.
Right behind are Michigan with 53,229 new cases, an increase of 14 percent, and Florida with 53,213 positive tests, a hike of 28 percent.
The surge of cases in the middle of the country has hit the Mayo Clinic, which is based in Minnesota. Clinic officials reported that more than 900 staff members at their Midwestern facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.
There are also concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases among children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that as of Nov. 19, there have been 1.2 million children in the United States who have tested positive for COVID-19.
While severe cases of the illness in children remain rare, AAP officials expressed alarm that a record number of 144,000 cases were reported last week, a 28 percent increase from the previous 2 weeks.
The concern also spreads to nursing homes.
During the first week of November, more than 1,300 senior care facilities in the United States reported at least three confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s the highest number recorded in a single week.