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COVID Cases Continue To Drop Nationally, Arizona Is the Place to Watch

May 5, 2021  ||  by Matt Albasi

Nationally, COVID-19 cases continued to decline, averaging about 48k new cases per day. On the 14-day average, cases are down 26%, deaths are down 2% and hospitalizations are down 11%. Compared to last week, cases and hospitalizations are dropping more rapidly, but the deaths are declining more slowly.

New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts are leading the nation with the most adults who received at least one shot of the covid-19 vaccine. Nationally, 32% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, and 44.5% have at least one shot. 

Arizona is the state to watch. According to Kinsa data, influenza-like illness (ILI) is trending sideways in the state at just under 1%, up from a low of 0.2% at the end of Feb. COVID cases are low at 10 per 100k people, but the 14-day case average increased almost 20%. Hospitalizations are on the rise too. Gov. Ducey opened bars and lifted mask mandates on March 25.

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