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Small Household Gatherings Are Driving COVID-19 Increase, CDC Says

Small gatherings in people's homes are becoming a larger source of coronavirus transmission, according to CNN.

Robert Redfield, the CDC director, talked about the latest trend during a call with governors on Tuesday. CNN obtained audio of the call.

"In the public square, we're seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions," Redfield said. "But what we're seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings."

With Halloween, Thanksgiving and other holidays coming up, these gatherings could become a major concern.

"We think it's really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting," Redfield said.

The seven-day average for new U.S. coronavirus cases passed 51,000 on Tuesday, CNN reported, marking the first time in two months that the number crossed the 50,000 mark.

In addition, more than 36,000 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals across the country on Tuesday, the news outlet reported. That's the highest number since late August.

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