Practically 66,000 new COVID-19 cases and more than 1,400 deaths from the infection were reported in the U.S. on Wednesday, per the COVID Tracking Task
Why it matters: The toll marks the greatest variety of deaths from COVID-19 in a single day since May 15, according to the tracking project’s data. The U.S. coronavirus death toll exceeded 150,000 earlier Wednesday. “The rise in deaths is largely driven by the southern states, which reported 962 deaths today,” it kept in mind
Driving the news: A total of 773 deaths were reported by coronavirus hot-spot states Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, according to the tracking project.
- Florida reported on Wednesday a state record of 216 coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours.
Of note: In Texas, a modification in counting methods for deaths and Cyclone Hanna striking the state over the weekend may have triggered some backlog and affected the large number of deaths (313) reported on Wednesday, the tracking job notes.