COVID-19 cases continue to flatten with just 10% increase over the last month and hospitalizations drop 7% – as US records the highest number of average deaths since February

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  • On Thursday, the US reported 157,957 new cases of covid, with a seven-day rolling average of 140,567, a 10% increase from the 137,058 average reported a month earlier.
  • This is a significant drop from the average 212% increase recorded over the four-week period last month.
  • According to HHS, COVID-19 hospitalizations have also fallen 7% to 93,703 from 101,634 last week.
  • Deaths continue to rise with 3,393 virus-related deaths recorded on Thursday and a seven-day rolling average of 1,993, a 133% increase from a month ago and the highest average since February.
  • Experts say the death rate is a lagging indicator and often cases and hospitalizations don’t start to decline until three or four weeks after, meaning deaths will drop sooner as well.
  • Most former hotspots are now seeing a decline, but some states with low vaccination rates, such as Tennessee and West Virginia, are seeing an increase.
  • In Tennessee, the average daily COVID cases are currently 10,664, a 129% increase from the 4,648 average cases over the previous month.
  • Average cases in West Virginia, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, rose 173% from 634 per day to 1,734 per day over the past month.

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Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country as the US nears the end of the fourth wave of the pandemic.

On Thursday, officials reported 157,957 new cases of COVID-19 with a seven-day rolling average of 155,523, a 10 per cent increase from the 140,567 average reported on August 19.

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However, during the same time last month, there was a 212 percent increase in new infections in a four-week period.

This means that although the total number of cases has increased since mid-August, the growth rate has slowed significantly since the beginning of summer.

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DailyMail.com’s analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows that nearly half of US states have seen a decline in Covid infections or remain stable over the past two weeks.

In addition, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the number of hospitalizations has also come down from 101,634 last week to 93,703, a decline of seven percent.

However, there has been an increase in deaths with 3,393 virus-related deaths recorded on Thursday and a seven-day rolling average of 1,993.

This is an increase of 133 per cent from the 852 average deaths recorded a month ago and the highest average recorded since February.

Experts say the death rate is a lagging indicator and often cases and hospitalizations don’t start to decline until three or four weeks later, meaning deaths are expected to decline soon as well.

Also, not every state reports Covid deaths every day, so it is likely that this figure includes deaths that were not reported in the first week.

Despite most hotspots, including Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, are now reporting declines, some states are still facing increases — including Montana, Tennessee and West Virginia — driven by lower vaccination rates.

On Thursday, the US reported 157,957 new cases of covid, with a seven-day rolling average of 140,567, a 10% increase from the 137,058 average reported a month earlier, a decline from a 212% increase in the average over the four-week period. done last month

According to HHS, COVID-19 hospitalizations have also fallen 7% to 93,703 from 101,634 last week.

According to HHS, COVID-19 hospitalizations have also fallen 7% to 93,703 from 101,634 last week.

Deaths continue to rise with 3,393 virus-related deaths recorded on Thursday and the seven-day rolling average of 1,993 a 133% increase from a month earlier and the highest average since February A fall is expected soon.

Deaths continue to rise with 3,393 virus-related deaths recorded on Thursday and the seven-day rolling average of 1,993 a 133% increase from a month earlier and the highest average since February A fall is also expected soon.

Public health experts and doctors say the decline is likely due to the fact that the country has a high level of hybrid immunity with 180.1 million Americans fully vaccinated and an estimated 120.2 million true infections – although some crossover has been reported. high probability.

This is good news, said Dr Arturo Casadeval, chair of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. CNBC.

‘It shows that we have reached a peak and now we are on the downside.’

The US has seen various peaks and valleys when it comes to the daily average COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Average cases reach around 32,000 in early April 2020 before declining. Infections spiked again in the summer and peaked at 66,800 in July 2020 before falling.

The deadly third wave then registered a decline and the country recorded the highest ever average of 247,500 cases in mid-January. Cases declined once again by the end of June, when the delta variant became the dominant strain.

Casadeval said, ‘Every epidemic goes through cycles and eventually ends, and that’s when you have enough people who are resistant.

But Casadeval warned not to declare victory too soon and to follow mitigation measures – and unaffiliated Americans continue to get the shot.

“I would be careful in declaring anything other than some degree of optimism, including the fact that the numbers are dwindling,” he told CNBC.

Despite the overall good picture for the country, some states still continue to experience growth due to some restrictions and low vaccination coverage.

In Tennessee, the average daily Covid cases currently stand at 10,664, a 129 percent increase from the 4,648 average cases over the previous month, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

CDC figures show that the volunteer state currently records the highest number of infections per capita, with a seven-day average of 760.6 cases per 100,000 people.

“We don’t really know how bad it’s going to get or how bad it’s going to be,” said Dr. James Schmieh, senior vice president at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Knoxville News Sentinel.

‘There’s not really extra staff to bring in from outside the community. There is a limit to what we can do.’

In Tennessee, the average daily COVID cases are currently 10,664, a 129% increase from the 4,648 average cases over the previous month.

In Tennessee, the average daily COVID cases are currently 10,664, a 129% increase from the 4,648 average cases over the previous month.

Average cases in West Virginia, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, rose 173% from 634 per day to 1,734 per day over the past month.

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