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While the US is focused on the election, the Covid-19 pandemic keeps growing

(CNN) This week, as voters cast ballots and waited to see who would clinch the White House, the Covid-19 pandemic largely fell out of view.

But the coronavirus continued to spread, in some places at a higher rate than ever before.

The US broke one record after another.

And officials across the country implemented more restrictions to get the virus under control.

Here’s what happened this week in the country’s fight against Covid-19.

In a pandemic full of grim milestones, the US hit another key marker.

On Wednesday, the US recorded more than 100,000 new cases in a single day for the first time, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Over the last week, the US added a record-breaking total of 689,538 new Covid-19 cases, Johns Hopkins data show. As of Saturday morning, more than 9.7 million cases have been reported in the US.

“It is everywhere,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. “We can’t hide from it. We can’t run from it.”

And they came amid days of rising cases. The 12 days with the highest single-day case counts were in the last two weeks. And in the first six days of November, 25 states reported a record high.

Those states were Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

By Friday, a week of incredibly high single-day totals pushed the national seven-day average of new cases up to 98,505, according to Johns Hopkins.

DeWine on Thursday said Ohio’s spread had “skyrocketed” because of weddings, funerals and social gatherings. The next day, the state reported the highest number of new cases in a day since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,008.

Meanwhile, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said her staff was working with community leaders to increase mask use, saying it would protect the elderly and keep businesses and schools open.

“We know how to mitigate the spread of the virus,” she said. “We know that masks work.”

Hospitals and health care workers were further strained

At least seven states reported a record high number of deaths this week, including Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Read from source….