COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths at Lowest Levels Since the Pandemic Began
After a long holiday weekend, COVID-19 case averages continue to plummet, now sitting at just over 17,000 new cases per day, down from the January high of 253,000 new cases per day. The two-week average shows hospitalizations declined by more than 20%. Deaths are down 44% compared to two weeks ago and are now at 356 deaths per day compared to more than 3,000 per day at the peak. All three metrics are now at the lowest numbers since the initial wave of the pandemic in March 2020.
Almost every region of the country is showing double-digit declines in the 14-day average of cases. The two exceptions are US Virgin Islands and Arizona.
With one month left before President Biden’s Fourth of July vaccination goal of 70% of American adults partially vaccinated, 50.8% of the population have received at least one shot, and about 41% are fully vaccinated. Vaccination rates continue to decline from their peak in mid-April. Currently, about 1.2 million doses are administered each day, similar to vaccination rates at the end of January.
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