U.S. Records Highest Daily Covid Death Toll in More Than Six Months

Covid-19 infection rates are accelerating in the U.S. Southwest and Rocky Mountain West after sweeping through the Midwest.

New Mexico saw the nation’s worst trajectory of new cases Tuesday, with the seven-day average rising 27.7% from a week ago, almost triple the national rate. Colorado also had one of the steepest at 20%, behind only Wyoming and Vermont, according to Covid Tracking Project data. Nevada posted a record case count Tuesday.

Some of the outbreak’s other recent hot spots appear to have been granted a reprieve, at least for now. In North and South Dakota, among the most infectious, the seven-day average of cases per million dropped in recent days.

The U.S. reported an additional 166,672 virus cases on Tuesday, according to Covid Tracking Project data. There have been more than 260,000 deaths cumulatively, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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