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19 states set single-day coronavirus records this week

Data: COVID Tracking Project and state health department data compiled by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti and Naema Ahmed/Axios

19 states this week set new highs for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health departments. 11 states surpassed records set just last week.

The big picture: The coronavirus continues to spread nearly unchecked across almost the entire country, Axios' Sam Baker and Andrew Witherspoon report.


  • Friday: Ohio (1,679) and Texas (14,916), beating its Tuesday record.
  • Thursday: Alaska (401), beating its Sunday record; Iowa (841); Idaho (727); New Mexico (327); Nevada (1,447); Oregon (704), beating its Saturday record; Utah (954).
  • Wednesday: Montana (144); Oklahoma (1,075), beating its Tuesday record.
  • Tuesday: No record highs.
  • Monday: Kansas (1,447); Tennessee (3,314).
  • Sunday: Arkansas (1,564); Florida (15,300).
  • Saturday: Missouri (1,134); North Carolina (2,462); South Carolina (2,280); Wisconsin (981).

Between the lines: The only states in the U.S. to see a meaningful decline in coronavirus cases in the past week were Maine and Arizona, per an Axios tracker.

  • 16 states broke their single-day coronavirus infection records last week.

Flashback: "Right now, if you look at the number of cases, it's quite disturbing," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told medical journal JAMA on July 3. "We're setting records, practically every day, of new cases in the numbers that are reported. That clearly is not the right direction."

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include COVID Tracking Project (CTP) data, in addition to data taken directly from state health departments. CTP began reporting non-resident cases as part of Alaska's total case count on July 16.

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