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Idaho sets new record for daily coronavirus cases

Idaho sets new record for daily coronavirus cases
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Idaho has set a new record for daily coronavirus cases as the number of cases continues to surge across the country. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 1,265 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing its cumulative case count to 69,579. So far, 671 people have died from the virus in the state. 

According to the Idaho Statesman, the Gem State broke the previous record of 1,216 cases that was set on Wednesday. One Idaho county’s COVID-19 risk level was elevated to critical due to the new spike in active cases.

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“Lemhi County has seen an alarming increase in active COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks, culminating in increased hospitalizations, which has tremendously stressed their hospital and healthcare providers,” the Eastern Idaho Public Health Board said, according to the news outlet. 

Over 2,7000 people have been hospitalized for the virus in the state since the pandemic began, according to the Idaho Statesman. 

Idaho’s news comes as the U.S. crossed 118,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, marking the second straight day with over 100,000 cases. Health officials have warned that cold and flu season would spur six-digit figure cases, but the numbers have spiked sooner than anticipated.

Since the pandemic began, over 9.6 million people have been infected with the virus in the United States and over 234,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.