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9 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week

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

Nine states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, per the COVID Tracking Project and state health departments. Five states surpassed records set the previous week.

Why it matters: This is the lowest number of states to see dramatic single-day increases since Axios began tracking weekly highs in late June.


  • July 25: Montana (221).
  • July 26: Louisiana (3,840).
  • July 27: Oklahoma (1,401).
  • July 28: None.
  • July 29: Tennessee (4,333).
  • July 30: Missouri (2,084), New Mexico (597), Ohio (1,733),
  • July 31: Hawaii (124) and North Dakota (168).

Catch up quick: The U.S. is now reporting a seven-day rolling average of about 64,000 new cases per day. 16 states broke their single-day coronavirus infection records last week.

  • Missouri has recorded new highs for the last four weeks, and Oklahoma has for the past five weeks.
  • Hawaii saw more than 100 cases in a single day for the first time this week.

The big picture: Infections in the U.S. overall are beginning to decline after rising dramatically this summer — but, deaths are beginning to spike.

What they're saying: "We are living, right now, through a historic pandemic outbreak. And, we are, right now, in a situation where we do not see any particular end in sight," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told a panel hosted by the not-for-profit TB Alliance on July 23.

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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