This is a disturbing trend. The number of coronavirus cases is shooting up across the country. The Washington Post writes:

For almost a month, new U.S. cases have been trending upward. Since Saturday, more than 20 states have hit a new high in their seven-day average of case counts, and more than half of those states set records again on Tuesday, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.

The rising numbers are especially concerning because they set the stage for an even greater surge this winter when the virus will be helped by drier conditions and people spending more time indoors.

Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remarked:

“Welcome to the new normal. I think until we have a vaccine, until a vaccine is fully administered, this is what you are going to see. Probably for the next year, year and a half.”

Wisconsin is currently one of the states being hardest hit. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that on Tuesday “the state recorded its worst day of the pandemic yet following weeks of record-breaking numbers.”

The state crossed the grim threshold of 1,500 total deaths and reported its highest-ever average of new cases — 2,727 a day over the last seven days.

“How many more? How many more do we need before people will take action?” Gov. Tony Evers said in a news conference Tuesday.

The Denver Post also says, “Colorado recorded 967 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, tying a record set at the height of the pandemic’s first wave in April and raising concerns about hospital capacity over the coming weeks.”