Virus infection cases , hospital stays and deaths continue to decline….
In the past week in the U.S….
Testing data is not available for All U.S. during this period.
Since Dec. 14, more than 53,574,000 doses of a covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
More than 14,255,000people have completed vaccination, or about 4.36% of the population. Read more in our vaccination tracker….
Wash Post ….Link…
Feb. 14, 2021
The State of the Virus
Update for Feb. 12
- Case numbers continue to fall rapidly. The country has averaged around 102,000 cases a day over the last week, down from about 250,000 a month ago. Forty-seven states are reporting sustained progress.
- The pace of vaccination continues to pick up, with an average of about 1.6 million doses administered each day, exceeding President Biden’s goal.
- The country surpassed 475,000 total deaths on Thursday. Though deaths have declined a bit in recent days, they remain higher than at any point prior to the winter.
- Officials in Ohio discovered a data reporting error that resulted in about 4,000 deaths not being announced when they occurred. As those deaths are reported this week, it will skew the national death average.
- Highly infectious variants could frustrate the country’s progress. A variant initially found in South Africa was detected in Illinois and California for the first time this week. In Florida, where infections continue to decline, officials have found hundreds of cases of a variant first detected in Britain.
- Though cases are falling statewide in North Carolina, some smaller cities are seeing worrisome outbreaks. The Roanoke Rapids, Kinston and Rocky Mount areas are adding cases at some of the highest rates in the nation.
- The Seattle area, which last February was home to the country’s first known coronavirus cluster, is now faring better than almost every other major city. Cases are emerging there at about one-fourth the rate they are around Miami or New York City.
As Americans anxiously watch the spread of coronavirus variants that were first identified in Britain and South Africa, scientists are finding a number of new variants that seem to have originated in the United States — and many of them may pose the same kind of extra-contagious threat.
In a study posted on Sunday, a team of researchers reported seven growing lineages of the coronavirus, spotted in states across the country. All of them have evolved a mutation in the same genetic letter.
“There’s clearly something going on with this mutation,” said Jeremy Kamil, a virologist at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and a co-author of the new study.
It’s not clear yet whether this shared mutation makes the variants more contagious, but because it appears in a gene that influences how the virus enters human cells, the scientists are highly suspicious.
“I think there’s a clear signature of an evolutionary benefit,” Dr. Kamil said…
Average US virus cases dip below 100K for 1st time in months
verage daily new coronavirus cases in the United States dipped below 100,000 in recent days for the first time in months, but experts cautioned Sunday that infections remain high and precautions to slow the pandemic must remain in place.
The seven-day rolling average of new infections was well above 200,000 for much of December and went to roughly 250,000 in January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University, as the pandemic came roaring back after it had been tamed in some places over the summer.
That average dropped below 100,000 on Friday for the first time since Nov. 4. It stayed below 100,000 on Saturday….