With the presidential election just five days days away, coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all on sharp upward track in the US as the average number of daily infections reached a record high on Wednesday.
The seven-day rolling average number of new daily cases hit a record high of 74,134, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. A total of 78,981 new infections were recorded on Wednesday.
Daily deaths remain low compared the counts seen in the spring, but are now creeping toward 1,000 a day, with 994 fatalities recorded yesterday and 985 fatalities reported Tuesday.
Hospitalizations have surged by 52 percent in the past month, with 45,045 people in the US hospitalized as of Wednesday.
That's the greatest number of people receiving inpatient care for COVID-19 since the July peak of nearly 60,000 hospitalizations.
Health care facilities are near the point of buckling under the burden of these coronavirus patients. Hospitals beds and ICUs are running out in Wisconsin, Colorado and parts of Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio.
The rising number of COVID-19 sufferers who need inpatient care adds weight to White House testing czar Admiral Brett Grioir's statement that cases really are rising at an alarming rate, and not just increasing in step with testing.
His Wednesday warning flew in the face of President Donald Trump, who Monday tweeted that the increase in US cases was simply because 'we TEST, TEST, TEST.'
'We do believe and the data show that the cases are going up,' Giroir said when asked about Trump's tweet on the TODAY show.
'It's not just a function of testing. Yes, we're getting more cases identified, but the cases are actually going up, and we know that too because hospitalizations are going up.'
There were more new coronavirus cases this week than in the previous week in 41 out of 50 states - including nearly every battleground state where Trump and Biden are vying for votes, according to analysis by Axios.
Over the course of that same week, President Trump has continued to insist that the US is 'rounding the turn' of the worse of the coronavirus pandemic, one White House office credited him with 'ending the coronavirus pandemic' (even as daily infections reached record highs) and reports emerged that the president is pushing for the nation to adopt a controversial 'herd immunity' strategy, despite warnings from experts like Dr Anthony Fauci.
Daily coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the rise in the US, with the 7-day rolling average number of cases hitting an all-time high on Wednesday and hospitalizations hitting their highest point since July
Election battleground state Wisconsin became the top hotspot for coronavirus cases earlier this month. Its hospitals and ICUs are on the verge of being overwhelmed and the state has opened a field hospital
New cases have risen by 16 percent in Arizona, 21 percent in Florida, 22 percent in Ohio, 23 percent in Wisconsin, 25 percent in Michigan and 33 percent in Pennsylvania over the past week, according to Axios.
North Carolina is the only battleground state where daily and weekly cases remain relatively stable. The 7-day rolling average number of new daily cases there is high, at 1,691, but not much higher than last week's 2081 a day.
Despite the state's increasing coronavirus cases, Trump held a Wednesday night