From Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, the United States saw an average of 46,500 new cases cases daily, which represented the highest number since the middle of August, according to CNN.
As the coronavirus pandemic reaches its seventh month in the U.S., cases continued to grow as nearly 7.5 million Americans have contracted the virus and more than 209,000 people have died as a result of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
As of Saturday night, only three states – Texas, Missouri and South Carolina – saw a decline in coronavirus cases, CNN said. Twenty-one other states reported a rise in cases. The other 26 held steady compared with the week before, the report said.
Massachusetts was one of the 21 states that has experience an increased number of cases.
On Thursday and Friday, the state reported more than 700 new coronavirus cases, an increase over the beginning of the week when new case counts were in the 300s and 400s. The totals on Thursday and Friday were the most since May 30.
The total number of statewide cases now stands at 132,440 with 9,295 people dying as a result of COVID-19.
On Friday, according to Johns Hopkins, there were 54,506 new reported cases in the U.S. The total represented the the highest single-day case number since 64,601 cases on Aug. 14.
Wisconsin saw a week of record numbers. It reported a record number of 2,892 new daily cases on Saturday, according to CNN, surpassing a high-water mark that was set earlier in the week.
The state has become a hot spot in the country. The number of people hospitalized across the state more than doubled in September, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sixty-nine people died of COVID-19 in Wisconsin this week, compared to last week’s 31 deaths.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, the number of hospitalizations across the country increased for the first time since July. There were about 30,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S. last week, the website said. Deaths are dropping, but the decline is slow, the COVID Tracking Project said.
Since last Wednesday, the U.S. reported 4,998 COVID-19 deaths, down 2.6 percent from the previous week.