New record high of weekly COVID-19 cases reported in US, CDC projects higher death toll

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The U.S. is grappling with a new surge of COVID-19 cases and weekly confirmed cases are fast outpacing the previous record high numbers reported over the summer.

According to the COVID Tracking Project, the U.S. confirmed 88,452 new cases in the span of 24 hours — pushing the current weekly total to over 368,000 new confirmed cases since last Sunday.  

The week prior, the U.S. breached over 466,000 new weekly cases between October 18 and October 24.

As of Thursday, 47 states and Washington D.C. are experiencing a boom in COVID-positive cases, which has rattled the stock market.  Those cases have starkly increased since the start of the month.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on the rise in 39 states, with 46,095 Americans currently hospitalized because of the virus.  According to the COVID Tracking Project, 9,208 individuals are currently in the ICU and 2,403 are on a ventilator.

The hardest-hit areas are Texas and the upper Midwest.  

As of Thursday, nearly 230,000 Americans have died from the virus, compared to the nation reporting close to nine million confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have upped their predictions regarding the national death toll, saying the country could lose up to an additional 28,000 lives by Thanksgiving — pushing the nation’s death toll possibly to 256,000 by November 21. 

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