US COVID-19 cases surge on eve of Election Day | CIDRAP

On the eve of Election Day, the United States is entering uncharted territory in the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, the nation reported 81,493 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 447 deaths, two days after nearly hitting 100,000 new infections. The 7-day average of new daily infections is higher than 81,000, according to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins data. And those numbers could be an undercount. Public health officials told the New York Times they’re worried that because several states don’t report the results of rapid COVID-19 antigen testing, there could be greater spread of the virus than is being reported. The paper reports that seven states plus Washington, DC, don’t publicly report antigen test results, while six keep the number separate from their total case count.

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