WASHINGTON — Blood pressure surged in the South for the first time since mid-March, with the blood pressure level at a record high of 155.6.
South Carolina topped its 150-bed maximum level at 155.3, while North Carolina hit the record of 150.8, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Hospitals.
North Carolina, which topped its maximum blood pressure on Monday, was already the second state to reach 150.9.
South Carolinians are not alone.
In New York, the blood pressures of the state’s 5 million residents reached record highs, reaching 152.2 on Friday.
Blood pressure was already at record highs in many states on Saturday, but some patients in South Carolina had the highest readings ever recorded in a single day.
More: New York has now surpassed its daily maximum, according the National Center for Health Statistics.
South Dakota recorded its lowest daily blood pressure reading of 154.9 on Saturday.
The national average was 149.8 on Thursday, with Texas topping its record of 147.8 and Michigan recording its lowest reading of 147, according The New York Times.
Health experts in South Dakota said the spike in blood pressure may have been due to an elevated risk of the virus, particularly in South Dixie.
The state’s Department of Public Health issued a news conference on Friday saying there are some early signs of the coronavirus.
The state has had its highest number of cases since the virus was identified in the U.S. in February, with 1,813 confirmed and probable cases.
The virus is believed to have been imported from Mexico.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.