Average current coronavirus hospitalizations in seven states this week are at least 25 percent higher than their seven-day average a week ago, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.
Texas, which is fast emerging as the country’s latest epicenter after reporting record numbers of new infections for weeks in a row, reported 5,913 hospitalizations on Monday, a record high.
The state saw a 61.9 percent increase of its seven-day average of covid-19 inpatients compared with June 22, as the state’s hospital beds continue to fill. On Monday, the state reported a rolling average of 5,036 patients in hospitals, compared with a 3,110 average on June 22.
In Arizona, another coronavirus hot spot in the country, the state again hit a new high for hospitalizations on Monday (2,721). It’s rolling seven-day average increased by 36.2 percent as of Monday, reporting a rolling average of 2,424 patients, compared with its 1,780 average last week.
On Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) ordered all bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to close for at least 30 days because of the coronavirus.
The other five states seeing increases in their seven-day averages of currently hospitalized patients are: Nevada, South Carolina, Montana, Georgia and California. Seven states also reached record highs in current hospitalization numbers: Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Utah and Tennessee.
With hospitalizations still rising in multiple states, the week-to-week rolling average for new coronavirus-related deaths has also increased in eight states: Oklahoma, Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.
Arizona has seen a 66.7 percent change in its rolling average for new deaths, with an average of 21 last week, compared with an average of 35 this week. Similarly, in Virginia, the state averaged 10 deaths per day last week, which increased to 17 this week.
Overall, the United States reported 33,903 new daily cases on Monday. Case report numbers are almost always their lowest of the week on Mondays because of weekend delays in reporting.