July 8, 2020 at 8:16 PM EDT
U.S. sets infections record, tops 60,000 cases for first time as Calif. numbers soar
The number of novel coronavirus cases reported in the United States on Wednesday surpassed 60,000 for the first time, in a sobering reminder of the pandemic’s toll.
The nationwide total of 62,751 infections eclipsed the country’s previous record by more than 5,000.
In addition, the seven-day average case total has increased for 30 days straight. Wednesday’s average, 52,648, was up by more than 9,200 since one week ago, according to Washington Post tracking.
California hit several highs of its own. Health officials reported 11,694 single-day cases — setting a record not just for that state, but for any state. New York had previously reported the most cases in one day, with 11,571 cases on April 15.
Current virus-related hospitalizations in California also reached a high of 7,705 patients, up 206 from Tuesday. The number of patients in the state’s intensive care units declined slightly to 1,976.
West Virginia, Tennessee and Utah also set single-day case records, while 13 states reached seven-day new case average highs.
Texas health officials announced 98 new deaths, an increase of 38 from its previous record. The seven-day new death averages in South Carolina, Tennesse, Texas and Utah also surpassed previous highs.
By Marisa Iati and Jacqueline Dupree