Daily COVID-19 cases in US are the highest they've been in two months

The number of daily coronavirus cases are the now the highest they have been in two months as infections continue to spike in Midwestern states.

More than 56,000 new cases were reported across the country on Thursday, which is the highest daily spike in infections since the first week of August.

The average number of cases is now more than 45,000 per day after rising steadily since mid-September. 

There has also been an uptick in hospitalizations across the country since late September.  

Deaths, however, are still trending downwards with an average of 680 Americans dying per day. The number of deaths across the country have, on average, been on a downward trajectory now for almost two months. 

Deaths are a lagging indicator and can potentially rise several weeks after cases increase. 

More than 56,000 new cases were reported across the country on Thursday, which is the highest daily spike in infections since the first week of August

More than 56,000 new cases were reported across the country on Thursday, which is the highest daily spike in infections since the first week of August

Deaths, however, are still trending downwards with an average of 680 Americans dying per day. The number of deaths across the country have, on average, been on a downward trajectory now for almost two months

Deaths, however, are still trending downwards with an average of 680 Americans dying per day. The number of deaths across the country have, on average, been on a downward trajectory now for almost two months

More than 212,000 Americans have now died from coronavirus and there have been 7.58 million confirmed infections nationwide.

A forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting there could be another 20,000 deaths by the end of the month. 

The CDC's national ensemble forecast, which uses 41 different independent models to create its own prediction, suggests the death toll could rise to a between 224,000 to 233,000 by October 31. 

The majority of cases across the country have seen an uptick in cases this month with surges mostly occurring in the Midwest and West. 

The Midwest continues to deal with the highest number of new cases per capita with Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting the largest number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the past two

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