The U.S. recorded 71,671 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest single-day total since July 24 when 73,107 cases were recorded. There were 850 total deaths on Thursday, down from 1100 the day before.
- The total number of cases in the U.S. hit 8.41 million while more than 223,000 Americans have died. Globally, there are more than 41.8 million cases and almost 1.14 million people have died.
- Six states – including Colorado, Ohio, and Indiana – recorded their highest single-day tally on Thursday. 15 states had at least 1,000 cases, seven had at least 2,000, and four had at least 3,000.
- Public health officials have attributed the rising cases to different factors such as inconsistent messaging, eased up restrictions, and college students returning to campus. Increased testing has also played a role as 1.1 million tests were carried out on Thursday.
- The seven-day moving average was 61,142 and the 14-day average was 57,274. When the seven-day average is higher that indicates a rise in cases.
- Thursday's numbers are the third-highest single-day total since the pandemic began. The highest single-day total was recorded on July 16 with 77,362.