Average Daily COVID Cases Have Risen Nearly 80 Percent Since Election Day

The seven-day average for daily new coronavirus cases in the U.S. was reported to be 158,363 on Monday—a 77 percent increase on the 89,233 figure on Election Day, according to Worldometer.

It has been two weeks since the election and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the virus has a 14-day incubation period. At least 35.9 million votes were cast in person, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

The day after the election, the country reported a record single-day rise in cases, with more than 100,000 infections. The average new case count and average death toll have both been steadily rising since Election Day.

The seven-day average for daily COVID-19 deaths was reported to be 1,170 on Monday, a 34 percent rise from 870 on November 3.

The seven-day average for new cases hit 107,826 on November 7 and 143,553 on November 13. The seven-day average for daily deaths was 962 on November 7 and rose to 1,110 on November 13, according to Worldometer.

About a week after Election Day, current COVID-19 hospitalizations in the country surpassed 60,000, breaking the previous record high of 59,940 reported on April 15, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The country's total active cases (those currently infected who are either being treated in hospital or recovering at home) rose from nearly 3.2 million on November 3 to more than 4.2 milllion on November 16.

Total confirmed cases in the U.S. have surpassed 11.2 million, with more than 247,000 reported deaths as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Many voters chose to submit a mail-in ballot this year to minimize the risk of infection. At least 65,487,735 mail-in ballots were received, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

Several states faced debates over mask rules as millions prepared to head to the polls. Most states, even ones where face coverings are required, opted to recommend, rather than mandate, a mask be worn by voters.

The risk of exposure to the virus was exacerbated as election protests erupted in several states. The CDC issued guidelines on how to minimize risk while voting. They included maintaining a 6-foot distance from others and wearing a mask, as well as voting early.

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People stand in line to vote at the Main Street Branch Library vote center on November 3 in Huntington Beach, California. The seven-day average of new daily cases in the U.S. has increased by nearly 80 percent since Election Day. Apu Gomes/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 55.2 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

Globally, more than 1.3 million people have died and more than 35.4 million have recovered as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reported from March to November.

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The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in America as of Wednesday night. Statista

The graphic below, produced by Statista, shows the spread of COVID-19 cases across the U.S.