Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the United States began to climb upward after the usual descent earlier this week as hospitalizations reached another record high.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the country reported 157,901 infections on Monday, which is higher than the 138,903 cases recorded on Sunday but lower than the 171,462 cases a week earlier.
Daily reported cases are generally lower at the beginning of the week as fewer people are tested over the weekend. Thanksgiving may continue to affect numbers, as the Covid Tracking Project noted last week, and daily data is potentially declining and then rising following the decline in holiday tests and reports.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, it hit a record high of 96,039 hospitals from Covid-19 on Monday as that number continues to rise. The United States has set a new record in hospital care almost every day since November 10th. The number of people living in intensive care units also reached a record, with 13,545 patients in intensive care units nationwide for 13 consecutive days.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom pointed to growing hospital care and a growing positive test rate as he warned of a possible new home stay in the state.
“If these trends continue, we need to take much more dramatic, arguably more drastic steps,” Mr Newsom said on Monday.
A federal court in Manhattan has said it will suspend personal operations as cases rise in New York City, in an early pandemic hotspot that seemed to be largely under control during the summer and early fall.
Due to newly reported cases on Monday, Johns Hopkins said the number of confirmed infections in the United States exceeds 13.5 million and there are more than 268,000 dead.
According to Johns Hopkins, more than 63 million people worldwide have been infected and more than 1.47 million have died.