Coronavirus USA updates: New cases on the rise in 49 states, territories

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New COVID-19 cases are on an upward trajectory in 49 states and territories.

Three jurisdictions are at plateau, while cases in four jurisdictions are going down, the memo said.

In total, 565,606 new cases and 5,782 deaths were reported during the period of Oct 24-30, representing a 15.8% increase from the previous seven-day period.

The national test-positivity rate also increased to 6.8% from 6.4% in week-to-week comparisons.

And 21% of hospitals across the country reported having more than 80% of their ICU beds filled, compared to 17-18% during the summertime peak.

– Highest 1-week increase in US COVID cases among children

Nearly 200,000 children in the United States tested positive for COVID-19 last month including 61,000 new cases reported in the one-week period ending Oct. 29, according to state health department data compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

That one-week stretch marks the greatest single weekly increase in new cases among children seen thus far in the U.S. outbreak.

“This is a stark reminder of the impact this pandemic is having on everyone – including our children and adolescents,” Dr. Sally Goza, president of AAP, said in a statement. “This virus is highly contagious, and as we see spikes in many communities, children are more likely to be infected, too.”

In total, more than 853,000 kids have tested positive for COVID-19, a number AAP believes to be low, given that children often experience mild COVID symptoms and aren’t tested as frequently as adults.

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