The United States reported a total of 70,450 coronavirus cases on Friday, making it the highest single-day increase for the country since late July, according to The New York Times COVID-19 database.
News of the massive case spike is the latest piece of data that may suggest the fall and winter wave that’s been predicted by doctors and public health experts is already here.
Midwestern states and others across the country are experiencing a resurgence in coronavirus cases, with Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado all reaching records on Friday for single-day increases in cases.
As of Saturday afternoon, according to the Times, Indiana and Ohio had already topped their previous records.
In addition, more than 900 people in the U.S. died due to the virus on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths to at least 219,100. The database has recorded more than 8,141,600 cases since the virus first hit the country earlier this year.
According to the database, the world also hit a record for new cases in a single day with more than 415,000 infections reported Friday.
The nationwide seven-day average has also increased by nearly 8,000 daily new cases since last Friday, the Times reported.
The data also shows rural areas are experiencing higher rates of infections than ever before, with North Dakota and South Dakota adding more new cases per capita than any other states have since the start of the pandemic.
Other states with large rural areas, including Wyoming, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, Iowa, Utah, Alaska and Oklahoma, have also recorded more cases in a seven-day period than in any previous week.