(Reuters) – According to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports, the United States recorded more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases last week, as new infections grew in every state except Hawaii.
Deaths increased by 12% in the week ending 15 November and killed an average of more than 1,100 people per day.
Several states, including Michigan, North Dakota and Washington, imposed new restrictions on public ceremonies and indoor food to slow the spread of the virus.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer warned that without aggressive action, the state could soon be the victim of more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths per week, more than double its 431 deaths in the past seven days.
“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic,” Whitmer said at a news conference on Sunday. “The situation has never been more serious. We are prefixed and we need to take some action.”
Some states saw the fastest percentage increase in infections last week, such as Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York, places where the virus was under heat control.
(For details state-by-state, open https://tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR in external browser)
According to data from the COVID tracking project, more than 69,000 people were hospitalized as of 15 November.
About 10% of the COVID-19 tests returned positively, data showed. To put it another way, one in every 315 Americans tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the previous week.
Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota all had positive test rates of over 50%. The World Health Organization considers rates above 5% because it suggests that there are more cases in the community that have not yet been exposed.
(Graphic by Chris Canip, editing by Tiffany Wu)