The continual drop in virus cases had been slowing in the last few weeks….
It now has begun to climb…..
The virus shots ARE climbing…..
And with that, the number of people vaccinated….
In the past week in the U.S….
Among reported tests, the positivity rate was 4.6%.
The number of tests reported fell 29.9% from the previous week.Read more
Since Dec. 14, more than 130,473,000 doses of a covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
More than 46,365,000 people have completed vaccination, or about 13.97% of the population. Read more in our vaccination tracker….
The big picture: The U.S. is in a race to vaccinate as many Americans as possible before variants of COVID-19, fueled by quick reopening, can cause a new wave of rising caseloads.
By the numbers: The U.S. is now averaging about 53,000 new cases per day — essentially unchanged from last week’s average. Cases have been holding steady in this range for several weeks.
- 19 states saw their average daily cases increase over the past week, and 14 states saw their numbers fall. The biggest improvements were in Arizona and Nevada, both of which saw new cases drop by about 45%.
- Michigan, on the other hand, took the biggest step backward, with a 50% rise in new cases.
What we’re watching: The U.S. has administered an average of 2.5 million vaccine doses per day over the past week, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker.
- Vaccinations are growing a whole lot faster than cases, and will ultimately bring about the end of this pandemic. But it will require non-vaccine interventions — like masks and social distancing — to avoid another wave of rising infections while vaccines continue to roll out….