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The US reported the most Covid-19 cases in a day since July. Deaths may begin climbing, too, a leading expert says

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Nursing assistant Monica Brodsky, left, and nurse Taylor Mathisen work at a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 in the parking lot at UW Health Administrative Office Building in Middleton, Wis., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. A surge of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin and the Dakotas is forcing a scramble for hospital beds and raising political tensions, as the Upper Midwest and Plains emerge as one of the nation???s most troubling hotspots. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

The US reported at least 69,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday -- the most in a single day since July -- amid an alarming nationwide rise in cases that experts say marks the start of the fall surge.

(CNN)The US reported at least 69,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday -- the most in a single day since July -- amid an alarming nationwide rise in cases that experts say marks the start of the fall surge.

At least 31 states --- scattered all across the US --- are now reporting more new cases than the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Thursday, at least 26 US states reported more than 1,000 new cases in a day, data from Johns Hopkins shows.

And 14 states saw their highest 7-day averages for new daily cases: Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams addressed a surge of new cases and hospitalizations in Wisconsin and said the state's positivity rates are "going in the wrong direction. "

"We're in a new wave of rising positivity in Covid-19 cases all across the nation, not only in Illinois," he said.

In Minnesota, public health officials say they've so far traced at least 20 cases of the virus back to a rally held by President Donald Trump last month, or to related events.

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