Six states — Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming — set records for coronavirus-related hospitalizations on Tuesday, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. A seventh, Oklahoma, reported its highest count of hospitalizations since late July.
Wyoming’s rolling seven-week average of hospitalizations was up 36.7 percent compared with the previous week, the largest jump of any state. A number of other states, including Delaware, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, Indiana, New York and Iowa, also saw a rise in their rolling seven-week average for hospitalized patients.
Following a period in mid-September when the number of new coronavirus infections fell nationwide, the United States is now averaging close to 44,000 new cases a day, a height last seen in late August. At least 30 states and territories have seen their rolling seven-day averages for new cases — considered the most accurate metric for tracking infections — rise by more than 10 percent in the past four weeks.