U.S. Hits New High of Coronavirus Cases with Over 36,000 in 1 Day, Breaking Record Set in April

And in Arizona, intensive care unit beds are 88 percent full, along with 86 percent of inpatient beds, according to AZ Central.

Meanwhile, in New York and New Jersey, the states hardest-hit at the start of the pandemic, new cases are continuing to stay low. On Wednesday, New York reported 575 new infections, marking the 19th-straight day under 1,000 new cases and far below its peak of 12,312 from April 4.

While the record-breaking numbers has come at a time when testing is more widely available, epidemiologists have said that these surges are more than just an increased number of test takers. In several states, the positivity rate is higher than before, meaning that even as more people get tested, more people are also testing positive for COVID-19. For example, in Arizona, the positivity rate is 17 percent; Florida’s is 10 percent and Texas is at 9 percent, The Washington Post reported.

As of Thursday morning, more than 2,394,100 Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 121,926 people have died.

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