When the coronavirus first took over the United States, many of the worst-hit states were located in the Northeast, like New York and New Jersey. Then, when a second COVID surge hit in July, all eyes were on a new area: the South. And though coronavirus case numbers were slowing down these past few weeks, not every region is feeling a sense of relief. In fact, COVID is surging again and this time it's moving into a new region: the West. Read on to find out more about the latest COVID surge, and see which States Are Seeing "Deeply Concerning" COVID Numbers.
According to Reuters, three states reported record one-day increases in new coronavirus cases on Sept. 24. Montana's Department of Health reported 332 new cases on that day, which is the highest the state has seen in a day during the entire course of the pandemic. South Dakota also reported its highest one-day record with 463 new cases. And Utah had the largest amount of new cases for a one-day record out of the three, with 1,219 new cases.
South Dakota has seen COVID cases rise since holding the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August, which led to spikes in neighboring midwestern states, like North Dakota and Wisconsin. But more western states, like Montana and Utah, are now also seeing the effects.
The New York Times reports that there are a 18 states where new coronavirus cases are high and staying high. The majority of those states are western or midwestern states. In the West, it's Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah, and in the Midwest, it's South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota. The other six are Southern states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
According to The New York Times, after weeks of slowed case counts, coronavirus infections are now increasing in the U.S. overall. There has been an average of almost 42,000 new cases each day in the past week nationwide, which is an 17 percent increase from the average just two weeks prior. And for guidance on what not to do if you want to stay safe, avoid these Things You're Doing Every Day That Put You at COVID Risk.