Transcript for US averaging more than 70,000 COVID-19 cases a day
Of course, the coronavirus front and center in this election. Tonight, the country is now averaging more than 73,000 new cases a day. The highest one-week average of new cases since the pandemic and tonight, doctor Deborah birx troubled by one state in particular where she said she saw the least amount of mask wearing. Here's ABC's Alex Perez. Reporter: Tonight, the coronavirus spreading like wildfire. The country averaging more than 73,000 cases a day. The highest during any seven-day stretch in the pandemic. It is frustrating to me, to see all these people that are really suffering through this disease and can't see their families. Reporter: Wisconsin marking its worst day, a record 5,200 cases and 64 deaths. Deaths from covid are now climbing in 29 states, a in El Paso, doctors are also worried about losing patients without covid because hospitals are overwhelmed. This is a disaster. People are going to start dying. As a matter of fact, they started dying already, not because they have the covid, but because the covid has impaired the ability to deliver care. Reporter: In Philadelphia, cases soaring to levels not seen since may. City officials urging residents to cancel holiday plans. Family gatherings right now are simply very dangerous. Reporter: The highest covid case rate per capita? North Dakota. Dr. Deborah birx in bismarck calling out residents. This is the least use of masks that we have seen in retail establishments of any place we have been. Reporter: Nearly 43,000 Americans are now hospitalized with the rus, like 34-year-old Amanda best, at this field hospital in Wisconsin. She has asthma and has been fighting covid for a month. It definitely impacts everyone differently. I wouldn't have predicted to be in this situation. Reporter: 18-year-old Michael Lang's family says he had no pre-existing conditions before the college freshman came home with symptoms in September. Weeks later, going into cardiac arrest and dying. Hug your kid, tell your kid every day how much you love them and I have to say, that was something I was happy I did as a parent W kid. Just one more heartbreaking story from out in the country. And Alex, there's another really important headline coming out of the uk, about people who have had the virus and how soon those antibodies start to fade, Alex? Reporter: Yeah, David, according to this study out of Britain, antibodies begin to decline after three months and researchers there still have a lot of concerns about what that means for reinfection or immunity. As for this field hospital here, David, it remains ready to take in some 0 patients if necessary. David? Alex Perez on this again tonight. Alex, thank you.
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