Good news, folks. It seems the number of coronavirus infections in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since the very beginning of the pandemic back in March 2020.
The country averaged around 16,500 new cases per day over the course of the last week, which is an improvement of over 30 percent from the prior week.
With less than 20,000 cases per day, the virus has come down to a level that most experts agree is safe.
Among the findings by Axios, which has tracked weekly COVID-19 cases during the last year, were:
New York, with a population of 20 million, is averaging about 800 new cases per day.
Washington, D.C. has about 28 new cases per day.
Florida, with more than 20 million residents, has more cases per day — about 1,800, on average — than any other state. However, the state’s daily case count fell by 25% in the last week.
Official case counts haven’t been this low since the U.S. went into lockdown in March of last year. At that time, no one knew how long the pandemic would last, and early inadequate testing resulted in cases being undercounted,” the WE piece said.
Just after the first set of lockdowns happened last spring, the United States saw a second surge over the summer where the average number of daily cases was more than 65,000. During that time, many hospitals became overwhelmed.
Things got a little worse from there during the winter. Hundreds of thousands of Americans per day were catching the illness. The death toll went up to more than 3,000 every day for a month solid.
About 10 percent of the U.S. population, which equals 33 million Americans, have tested positive for the virus.
More than 600,000 people died from COVID here in the U.S.