Illinois Reports Over 15,000 New COVID Cases, While 6 Other States Also See Record Single-Day Increase

Illinois reported over 15,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, the most the state has seen throughout the ongoing pandemic. Meanwhile at least six other states have also seen record single-day increases in case counts.

According to data from the Illinois Department of Health, about 15,415 coronavirus cases were reported as well as 27 new deaths. It was the fourth consecutive day the state has experience its largest rise in cases. Across Illinois, there are now over 551,000 confirmed cases as well as at least 10,504 deaths in total.

Additionally, six other states also saw record single-day increases in COVID-19 cases: Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arkansas and Kansas.

In Nevada, at least 1,857 new cases of the novel virus were reported on Friday, surpassing a previous single-day record increase from last week. That state now has a total of over 116,000 confirmed cases and at least 1,893 deaths.

Meanwhile, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine posted a tweet sharing a record single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in his state, with at least 8,071 reported in the last 24 hours. Across Ohio, there is now a total of over 282,000 confirmed cases as well as at least 5,700 deaths as of Friday, according to data from the state's department of health.

"It is up to everyone to slow this virus down. Protect your family and friends. Wear a mask," DeWine wrote.

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A worker tests a resident at a drive-up COVID-19 test site on November 13, 2020 in Aurora, Illinois. Yesterday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said that a statewide stay-at-home order may be necessary as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the state Scott Olson/Getty

Friday also marked the fourth consecutive day Pennsylvania has seen its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, with 5,531 newly reported cases alongside 30 new deaths. Overall, the state has experienced over 254,000 confirmed cases and more than 9,000 deaths.

Record single-day increases in COVID-19 cases were also reported in Maryland with approximately 1,869 new cases, Kansas with about 6,282, and Arkansas with at least 2,312 in the past 24 hours.

The largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in those seven states comes as the U.S. has continued to see surging case numbers.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. recorded at least 153,400 new cases on Thursday, marking the third consecutive day the country has reported its largest one-day spike. There are now over 10.6 million cases as well as at least 243,387 deaths in the country.

In response to the nationwide surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, told CBS This Morning that "if we do the things that are simple public health measures, that soaring will level and start to come down."

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