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With more than two dozen states reporting rising Covid-19 infections, new reports from leading health officials show the pandemic is worsening in several US regions.

In reports from the Coronavirus Task Force of the White House received by CNN this week, officials say there are “early signs of the deterioration in the sun belt and ongoing deterioration in the Midwest and northern states.”

The data comes as more and more heads of state sound the alarm over rising infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The national average of new daily cases has risen to just under 60,000 – a level not seen since the first week of August.

According to Johns Hopkins University, at least 14 states had the highest 7-day average of new daily cases on Wednesday: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. At least five states – Illinois, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah – reported their highest daily case numbers on Thursday.

More than 41,000 people with Covid-19 are being hospitalized nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Hospitals in states like Missouri and Idaho say they will soon find themselves in crisis if hospital stays keep increasing.

Deaths are also creeping up. On Wednesday, the US reported the highest daily death toll in more than a month, with more than 1,100 new deaths. And an updated model from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is likely to kill more than 140,000 Americans from the virus in the next three months.

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