U.S. Reports Record High Coronavirus Cases

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's almost difficult to fathom that we're in a worse position now than we were at the peak of our coronavirus outbreak in April, but we've reached a new peak.

The United States recorded over 36,000 positive tests in late April and that record held up until yesterday when we recorded a staggering 45,000 cases.

The U.S. saw a record number of new coronavirus cases in a single day, with 45,557 diagnoses reported Wednesday, according to a tally by NBC News.

Wednesday’s cases top the previous highest daily count from April 26 — during the first peak of the pandemic in the U.S. — by more than 9,000 cases, according to NBC News’ tracking data. The World Health Organization reported its single-day record on Sunday, with more than 183,000 new cases worldwide.

Health experts said Monday that the resurgence in cases in Southern and Western states can be traced to Memorial Day, when many officials began loosening lockdowns and reopening businesses.

At least some of these numbers can be attributed to testing more people, but infection rates are increasing alongside tests. The ratio is increasing, not decreasing.

We should be testing more people, finding fewer infections, and then tracing the positive tests to stop the spread, but at this point a tracing program may be futile. We may have to hit the reset button with another lockdown and then begin tracing when the current wave subsides.

Other countries have controlled their outbreaks by imposing rigorous lockdowns and then focusing on fresh infections as they slowly reopened, but we didn't do the second part.

Unlike the previous peak of our outbreak which centered on New York City, the current peak is more distributed across the country particularly in the south and west. That will make it more difficult to stop because it's less geographically isolated.

  • Draxiar

    Remember when this was a “blue state problem”?

  • Draxiar

    I’m in a state (Massachusetts) that now has one of the lowest infection rates. I still wear my mask, wash my hands numerous times a day, use hand sanitizer, and keep my physical distance. Why? Well I’m sure you know but, for the cheap seats, I do it to maintain the decline of infection.

    When your kid insists on touching the fire sometimes you just have to let it happen. Many states and people are now experiencing the burn. I don’t mean to be insensitive about this but this is the economy of ignorance, willful or otherwise.

  • muselet

    Without a robust, national test-and-trace system in place, trying to get a handle on Covid-19 will be like playing darts in the dark: futile and dangerous for all concerned.

    Having box-of-rocks dumb governors opening up the state! willy-nilly doesn’t help matters, nor do the shrieking morons who refuse to wear face coverings because reasons. Videos at the link (buckle up, it’s a wild ride):

    Oy gevalt.

    This, as I’ve said before, is not the zombie apocalypse and we’re not all gonna die. The course of the disease is, however, going to be longer, uglier and deadlier than it should have been.

    Thanks, Trump.


  • b2blog

    Someone’s been peeing in the pool. Well several people.