New coronavirus cases in the US are rising in 27 states

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States is now the highest it has been in six weeks and has been rising steadily in a total of 27 states for the last two weeks.

Infections across the country are currently averaging at more than 41,000 cases per day. 

Cases have been on the rise since mid-September following Labor Day weekend gatherings and the reopening of colleges and schools in some states. 

Prior to the uptick, cases had been trending downwards nationally since July when about 70,000 infections were being reported daily.

Deaths due to COVID-19 have been on a downward trajectory for most of September but appear to now be plateauing.     

The average number of Americans dying per day is at just over 740, which is down from the peak 2,000 deaths being reported per day back in April. 

Deaths related to COVID-19 are a lagging indicator and can potentially rise several weeks after new cases. 

COVID-19 infections across the United States are currently averaging at more than 41,000 cases per day and have been on the rise since mid-September

COVID-19 infections across the United States are currently averaging at more than 41,000 cases per day and have been on the rise since mid-September

The number of new cases has been rising for two straight weeks in 27 out of 50 states. North Carolina and New Mexico both reported increases of more than 50 percent last week compared to the previous seven days. Texas also reported a 60 percent jump in new cases but that is down to a backlog of several thousands cases

The number of new cases has been rising for two straight weeks in 27 out of 50 states. 

North Carolina and New Mexico both reported increases of more than 50 percent last week compared to the previous seven days, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

Cases in North Carolina increased by 60 percent after adding 13,700 cases in a week, while New Mexico saw infection rise 55 percent with 1,260 new cases. 

Texas also reported a 60 percent jump in new cases but that is down to a backlog of several thousands cases. 

The Midwest has now emerged as the country's new hotspot with hospitalizations surging in some states. 

Wisconsin set records for new cases twice last week and is now reporting more new infections each day than Florida. 

South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming have all set records for new daily cases three times this month. 

Cases in New York state have started to rise again for the first time in months but the increases there are among the smallest in all of the states.  

The percentage of COVID-19 tests taken in New York state that have come back positive has inched up to 1.5 percent for the first time in weeks. 

Deaths due to COVID-19 have been on a downward trajectory for most of September but appear to now be plateauing. The average number of Americans dying per day is at just over 740, which is down from the peak 2,000 deaths being reported per day back in April

Deaths due to COVID-19 have been on a downward trajectory for most of September but appear to now be plateauing. The average number of Americans dying per day is at just over 740, which is down from the peak 2,000 deaths being reported per day back in April

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