More than a dozen states see worst day yet on new COVID-19 cases
More than a dozen U.S. states this week saw their worst day of coronavirus cases and deaths to date.
Utah, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Alabama and Alaska are among the states that on Thursday experienced their worst days since the start of the pandemic. Health departments typically announce new cases the day after so the data for the full one-day period can be collected.
Alabama had on Thursday added 1,142 cases and five deaths to its count, which now stands at 33,206 total cases and 896 deaths.
Alaska also reported its worst day yet on Thursday, adding 45 cases to its count. The state now has a total of 971 reported cases and 10 deaths.
Oklahoma, Texas and South Carolina experienced their worst day yet on Wednesday, and Kansas experienced its worst day in more than a month on Wednesday, as well.
Oklahoma, where President Trump held an in-person campaign rally last week, saw its worst day for coronavirus cases on Wednesday, adding 481 cases. The state now has 2,317 total confirmed cases and 65 reported deaths.
Texas saw its highest one-day spike on Wednesday, as well, adding 6,584 cases to its count. As a result, the state, which was one of the first to reopen, ordered bars and some outdoor recreation businesses to close once again on Friday.
In South Carolina health officials reported another 1,284 cases and 10 deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 28,962 and confirmed deaths to 693.
Arizona, California, Georgia and Louisiana experienced their worst days on Tuesday.
California added 6,419 cases and 76 deaths on Tuesday. The state reported 91 and 82 deaths on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, but fewer than 6,000 new cases on those days. As of Friday, California has a total of 201,413 cases and 5,810 deaths.
In Arizona, where Trump held a campaign rally this week, 3,630 cases were reported on Tuesday, making it the state’s worst day yet. As of Friday, the state has reported 63,297 cases and 1,495 deaths.
Meanwhile, other states have seen their worst days in weeks or months as they see spikes in cases. Those states include Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana and Kansas.
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