Source: USA Today
The U.S. topped the one-day record for new coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data, surpassing the previous summer high.
At the height of the surge, on July 16, the U.S. saw more than 77,362 reported new cases of COVID-19. On Friday, the U.S. reached 83,757 new daily cases, according to by Johns Hopkins University.
The news comes on the heels of a study by the University of Washington School of Medicine that projected more than 500,000 Americans could die by the end of February in part because of the nations current patchwork of COVID-19 mandates and the inconsistent use of masks to prevent virus spread.
“We are heading into a very substantial fall-winter surge,” said Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. “We expect that surge to steadily grow throughout different states, and at the national level continue to increase as we head towards quite high levels of daily death in late December and January.”
The Friday high is 83,757, not 81,000 as previously reported. Of course, how long before Trump and folks like DeSantis minimize this by saying that the death rate has not shot up, so what’s the problem? Then, four weeks later, we will hear, “Yes, deaths are spiking, but at least new cases have plateaued. We are turning the corner.”