Our daily update is published. States reported 1 million tests, 63k cases, and 951 deaths. 37k people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Today’s national case count was the highest since late-July. Several states reported their highest-ever case totals, some of which also broke their hospitalization records.
After a month of warning signs, this week’s alarming numbers make it clear that the third surge of COVID-19 in the US has arrived. Sadly, we're not only seeing an increase in cases and hosp., but deaths are also starting to rise, after a 3-week downtrend.
Hospitalizations declined to just below 30k nationwide on both June and Sep 20, turning upwards again in the following weeks. But the surge we’re seeing now looks a little different: It’s less abrupt, and much more geographically widespread.
You can read more about this week's data trends in our weekly update: covidtracking.com/blog/weekly-up…

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