11 States See Record Increase in COVID Cases as U.S. Sees Third Consecutive Day of Over 100,000 Cases

At least 11 states reported record single-day increases in COVID-19 cases Friday, as the U.S. saw its third consecutive day of over 100,000 cases of the novel virus.

Arkansas, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska and West Virginia, all reached respective record highs according to the department of health in each state.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, new COVID-19 cases increased by 1,870, topping the state's previous record one-day increase of 1,584 cases, reported on Thursday. There are now over 119,000 confirmed cases of the novel virus in Arkansas, as well as at least 2,056 deaths.

In Ohio, there were 5,008 new cases reported, marking the first time the state has reported over 5,000 cases in a 24 hour span. According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were also 33 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's total numbers to over 240,000 cases and at least 5,494 deaths.

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Health officials in Illinois reported 10,375 new COVID-19 cases, the most the state has seen throughout the ongoing pandemic. According to the state's department of health, there are currently over 465,000 cases of the novel virus and at least 10,079 deaths.

North Carolina reported 2,908 new COVID-19 cases, the state's largest one-day increase in cases. According to the state's department of health, there are currently over 288,000 cases and at least 4,582 deaths.

According to the department of health in respective states, those that also saw record one-day increases in COVID-19 cases included, Pennsylvania, which reported 3,384; Indiana, with 4,714 new cases; Minnesota, with 5,454 cases; Utah, with 2,987; Kansas, with 5,418; West Virginia, with 540; and Nebraska, with 2,681.

The record single-day increase in cases comes as the U.S. has seen its third straight day of over 100,000 cases of the novel virus.

According to the COVID Tracking Project, there were at least 125,552 new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday. Data from the COVID Tracking Project shows that on Thursday, the U.S. saw at least 116,255 new cases Thursday and 103,087 on Wednesday.

After the U.S. recorded over 100,000 cases on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, suggested that the U.S. never really got down, "to a baseline" that was very low.

"When we, essentially finished that first wave, if you want to call it that, we never went back down to a baseline that was a very low baseline," Fauci said in an interview on Friday, according to NBC News.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to senators in June and predicted that the U.S. could eventually reach 100,000 cases per day.

"I think it's important to tell you and the American public that I'm very concerned, because it could get very bad," Fauci said in June. "We can't keep pretending this virus is getting better."

During an interview with the Washington Post on Oct. 30, Fauci said that the U.S. "could not possibly be positioned more poorly," with the cold weather keeping Americans indoors.

"We're in for a whole lot of hurt," he told the Post.

According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, there are currently over 9.7 million confirmed cases of the novel virus across the U.S., and at least 236,037 deaths.

Several additional states also marked record single-day highs over the past week, further prompting concerns that a large portion of the United States is seeing significant community spread of COVID-19. On Wednesday, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maine reported single-day record increases.

Newsweek reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.