While new Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations keep tumbling, more than 2,000 Americans are still dying every day from Covid-19.
The US is now averaging 136,190 new Covid-19 cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
That’s a 44% plunge from last week. New Covid-19 cases have plummeted to about one-sixth of the peak of more than 800,000 cases per day a month ago.
But Covid-19 case counts are incomplete. In the past few weeks, millions of Americans have received free at-home tests from the Biden administration.
And positive at-home test results often don’t get reported to health agencies. Also, states differ on how they report reinfections.
But Covid-19 hospitalizations are also declining, with 75,032 patients currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. That’s a 25% drop from last week.
But more than 2,000 Americans are still dying every day from Covid-19, according to JHU. Over the past week, an average of 2,264 Americans succumbed to the disease every day.
New Covid-19 deaths often happen weeks after infection, making deaths a lagging indicator.
While most Americans – about 65% – have been fully vaccinated, only 28% have received a booster dose, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And the pace of new vaccinations and booster shots given have dropped to among the slowest they’ve ever been.
In December, the risk of testing positive for Covid-19 was five times higher for unvaccinated adults than it was for adults who were fully vaccinated and boosted, according to the CDC.
Over the past week, case rates were highest in Alaska and Kentucky, with both states reporting more than 100 new cases for every 100,000 residents each day.
The rates of new cases were lowest in Maryland, which reported about 12 new cases for every 100,000 residents each day.