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A U.S. Record: Two Million New Virus Cases in Two Weeks

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A U.S. Record: Two Million New Virus Cases in Two Weeks

For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak hit the United States, the country has added more than one million cases in each of the past two consecutive weeks. Covid deaths, which lag reported cases by weeks, are also at a level not seen since the spring.






Total cases and deaths by week

The U.S. added 1.2

million cases in the

past week.

15,000

new deaths

1 million

new cases

Largest number of deaths

recorded since May

Until November, the U.S. never had more than 500,000 cases per week.

With testing capacity

limited, cases were

undercounted in the

spring.

Total cases and deaths by week

The U.S. added 1.2 million

cases in the past week.

1 million

new cases

15,000

new deaths

Largest number of deaths

recorded since May

Until November, the U.S.

never had more than

500,000 cases per week.

With testing capacity

limited, cases were

undercounted in the

spring.

Total cases and deaths by week

The U.S. added 1.2

million cases in the

past week.

1 million

new cases

15,000

new deaths

Largest number of

deaths recorded

since May

Until November, the

U.S. never had more

than 500,000 cases

per week.

With testing capacity

limited, cases were

undercounted in the

spring.

Total cases and deaths by week

The U.S. added 1.2

million cases in the

past week.

1 million

new cases

15,000

new deaths

Largest number of

deaths recorded

since May

Until November, the

U.S. never had more

than 500,000 cases

per week.

With testing capacity

limited, cases were

undercounted in the

spring.

Total cases by week

The U.S. added 1.2

million cases in the

past week.

1 million

new cases

Until November, the U.S.

never had more than

500,000 cases per

week.

With testing capacity

limited, cases were

undercounted in the

spring.

Total deaths by week

15,000

new deaths

Largest number of

deaths recorded

since May


Note: Data is as of Nov. 23. | Source: New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies and hospitals

Some epidemiologists project that the number of deaths in the coming weeks could exceed the spring peak, in spite of improved treatment.

In the past week, the United States added an average of 173,000 new daily cases. If this growth pattern holds, the total number of cases reported for the full month of November is likely to hit 4.5 million. That would be more than double the number of any previous month.

With several days still left in the month, about 3.3 million people in the United States had already tested positive for the coronavirus as of Nov. 23.






Total new cases added each month

3.3 million cases

in the first 23 days

of the month

1.9 million cases

in the entire month

Total new cases added each month

3.3 million cases

in the first 23 days

of the month

1.9 million cases

in the entire month

Total new cases added each month

3.3 million cases

in the first 23 days

of the month

1.9 million cases

in the entire month

Total new cases added each month

3.3 million cases

in the first 23 days

of the month

1.9 million

cases in the

entire month


Note: Data is as of Nov. 23. | Source: New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies and hospitals

North Dakota continues to have the country’s worst outbreak when adjusted for population, a position it has maintained since early September. Almost one in 10 North Dakotans have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began, a vast majority in the last two months.

But cases there as well as in other parts of the Upper Midwest and Mountain West that drove the initial fall surge have leveled off slightly, while cases are growing on both coasts and in the South and Southwest.

Nearly 2,000 counties across the United States are now recording their worst month in November — nearly five times as many as in October. The maps below show in which month counties saw their biggest caseloads.






When each county recorded its worst month

In November (so far)

When each county recorded its worst month

In November, so far

When each county recorded its worst month

In November, so far

When each county recorded its worst month

In November (so far)

When each county recorded its worst month

In November (so far)

When each county recorded its worst month

In November (so far)


Note: Data is as of Nov. 23. | Source: New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies and hospitals

The New York City metro area saw more new cases in April than any other month. And many counties along the Gulf Coast, as well as in Arizona and California, had more cases in July or August than in November so far.

But with more than 40 states seeing sustained increases in cases, it’s likely even more of those counties will set a record this month.

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