(NEW YORK) — COVID-19 cases and fatalities hit a new high over the weekend, with the nation officially surpassing nine million cases and over 230,000 deaths — according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Currently, COVID-19 has infected 9.2 million Americans and killed nearly 231,000.
The U.S. broke a record when it came to weekly confirmed cases, adding 537,501 positive cases during the week ending on October 29, an astounding 25.4 percent higher than last week’s report.
The nation added over 90,000 new cases on Sunday, reports the COVID Tracking project.
Deaths have also risen by 2.2 percent over the prior week.
An internal Health and Human Services memo says 49 states and American territories are reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations are also on the rise, which is sparking concerns within ICU centers that are already reaching max capacity.
With cases climbing, New York– which was once the epicenter of the outbreak — distanced itself from its travel advisory and is now mandating all visitors test negative for COVID-19 upon entering and staying in the state. Visitors must have proof, as well.
Only residents of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are exempt from such rules.
“There will be no quarantine list, there will be no metrics. There will be one rule that applies across the country,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo over the weekend.
New York is experiencing “micro-clusters” of outbreaks that have reportedly been sparked by mass gatherings, such as weddings and worship.