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Coronavirus infections across the US continue to rise as the country moves deeper into a holiday season, the Associated Press reports.

A new daily high of nearly 228,000 additional confirmed Covid-19 cases was reported nationwide Friday, eclipsing the previous high mark of 217,000 cases set the day before, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The seven-day rolling average of Covid-19 attributable deaths in the US passed 2,000 for the first time since spring, rising to 2,011.

Two weeks ago, the seven-day average was 1,448. There were 2,607 deaths reported in the US on Friday.

Several states saw surging numbers in the week after Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans disregarded warnings to stay home and celebrate only with members of their household.




Turkeys handed out

Turkeys are given to residents at a food distribution event ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on November 20, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

In Arizona, health officials’ public messaging took on a blunt tone Saturday as the state reported the second-highest daily increase since the pandemic’s start and the outbreak’s fall surge continued to elevate occupancy rates of increasingly stressed hospitals closer to capacity.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said in a tweet that people should wear masks “around anyone who isn’t a member of your household, even those you know and trust”.

The state’s 6,799 new confirmed Covid-19 cases trailed only the 10,322 new cases reported on Tuesday, which officials have said included data delayed by the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The week saw a total of four daily reports of over 5,000 additional confirmed cases.

North Carolina reported a record increase in confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, with 6,018 new cases.

“In less than a week, we went from exceeding 5,000 new cases reported in one day to exceeding 6,000,” said Dr Mandy Cohen, the state’s health secretary. “This is very worrisome.”




Holding sign at football game

An Arizona Cardinals guest relations attendant highlights face mask requirements to fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, 8 November, 2020, in Glendale, Arizona. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

Indiana’s health department said Saturday that 7,793 more people in the state had been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the previous day. And Oklahoma recorded 4,370 newly reported coronavirus cases Saturday, with the state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases topping 3,000 per day.

Michigan reported 9,854 new confirmed cases Saturday, up from more than 8,600 new cases Friday.

“We continue to be concerned about the potential implications of the travel we have seen in the past week with Thanksgiving, as well as social gathering related to the holidays,” said Dr. Adnan Munkarah, executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

In Boise, Idaho, soldiers were triaging patients in the parking lot of an urgent care clinic revamped into a facility for coronavirus patients as infections and deaths surge there.




Anti-maskers, some carrying tiki torches, protest at the Central District Health offices during a special meeting of the board to decide on new mask mandates Friday, 4 December, 2020 in Boise, Idaho.

Anti-maskers, some carrying tiki torches, protest at the Central District Health offices during a special meeting of the board to decide on new mask mandates Friday, 4 December, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Photograph: Darin Oswald/AP

Health officials say Idaho’s attempt to hold the coronavirus in check is failing.

Officials fear a post-Thanksgiving surge of infections that could force difficult choices about what to do with patients when there’s no more room or anyone available to treat them.

California’s San Joaquin Valley, facing with a dire shortage of hospital beds, was placed under a sweeping new lockdown Saturday in an urgent attempt to slow the rapid rise of coronavirus cases.

Much of the state, including Southern California, is on the brink of the same restrictions.




In this file photo taken on November 30, 2020 shoppers are seen at the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on 3 December, 2020 new statewide bans on gatherings and “non-essential” activities, as hospitals in the nation’s most populous state face being overwhelmed by record Covid-19 cases.

In this file photo taken on November 30, 2020 shoppers are seen at the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on 3 December, 2020 new statewide bans on gatherings and “non-essential” activities, as hospitals in the nation’s most populous state face being overwhelmed by record Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images



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