40,264 Americans were hospitalized on Wednesday, a 36% rise in coronavirus patients over the past four weeks.
16 US states, including the Midwest states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, have reported their highest daily numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 since the pandemic started.
Ohio reported 2,366 new cases of Wednesday, the highest number in a day since the pandemic began, the state's Department of Health said.
On Friday, the US recorded 69,478 new cases, the highest single-day total since July and the fifth-highest single-day total since the start of COVID- 19.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said, “Folks, please stay home. Help us protect our communities from this highly contagious virus and avoid further strain on our hospitals.”
Wisconsin is a pivotal battleground state in the Nov. 3 election between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has warned the state’s healthcare resources might not be enough if coronavirus cases continue to rise at the current pace.
New Mexico experienced "its worst week for COVID-19 infections" last week, health officials said, with a new rate of spread and new case rate among the highest in the US.