Daily cases of coronavirus in the US continue to fall to record levels as more of the population is vaccinated against the deadly disease.
On Monday – Memorial Day – the US reported a record low, 5,735 infections of COVID-19, the lowest figure since March 21, 2020.
Currently, there are an estimated 52 cases per million people, which is a 55 percent drop from the 117 per million reported three weeks ago, and a number not seen since March 20 last year, according to the report. Our world in data.
The number of COVID deaths is also falling by just 138 recorded on Monday. While the figure is slightly higher than the day before, it represents a 65 percent drop from the number reported a month ago.
Health experts say the improvement in numbers is due to vaccination with more than half of the US population now having received at least one dose.
Former hotspots like New York City and Los Angeles are now opening up confidently. In California, people went to the beach and campgrounds for the long weekend.
And while vaccination rates have fallen in recent days, it appears the US is on track to meet President Joe Biden’s July 4 target of at least 70 percent of the population with an initial vaccine dose.
The US reported a record 5,735 cases on Memorial Day, the lowest number since March 2020
There are an average of 52 infections per million people in the US, down 55% from 117 per million three weeks ago
The number of COVID deaths is also falling, with 138 recorded on Monday and a weekly average now below 600, a figure not seen in a year
COVID cases continued to fall in the US this weekend: on Memorial Day, the country reported just 5,735 cases. This is the lowest number since March 21, 2020, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
The low number can be partly attributed to the holiday, as most Americans don’t want to spend Memorial Day testing for COVID. But it still reflects promising COVID trends from recent weeks.
US cases are falling in almost every state Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Nearly every state saw fewer than 100 new cases for every 100,000 residents last week, between May 20 and May 26.
Only Wyoming crossed that threshold, but even that state reported only 101 new cases for every 100,000 people.
The states with the lowest number of cases last week are California with nine new cases for every 100,000 people, Oklahoma with 15 new cases for every 100,000, and Hawaii with 25 new cases for every 100,000, according to HHS.
The US reported 138 deaths on Monday — more than Sunday’s tally (124), but still on a downward trend, according to Johns Hopkins.
The seven-day average for new deaths is about 600, a level not seen since March 2020.
About 20,000 Americans are currently in hospital with severe COVID cases — a fraction of the more than 120,000 patients the nation saw during the peak of the winter wave.
These low numbers are due to vaccination. Just over half of the U.S. population has now received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 40 percent are fully vaccinated.
More than half of the adult population is fully vaccinated — and nearly three-quarters of seniors (over 65) are fully vaccinated — according to the CDC.
More than half the country has met that national benchmark: In 27 states and DC, at least half of the adult population is fully vaccinated.
Eight states have fully vaccinated more than 60 percent of their adult populations: Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New Mexico and Maryland. Vermont leads the pack with 67 percent.
Vaccination raffles have helped give an extra incentive to those Americans who haven’t gotten their shots yet. After Ohio’s “Vax-a-Million” program was very successful, other states followed Ohio’s lead — including California, New York, Minnesota, Arkansas, West Virginia, and more.
Lotteries for free tuition in New York and Delaware are specifically targeted at teens ages 12 to 17. According to the CDC, 5.6 million Americans in this age group have had at least one chance. They account for more than a quarter of the recordings in the past two weeks.
More than half of Americans have now received at least one vaccine dose — although the percentage is much higher in some states
About 1.3 million Americans were vaccinated every day last week, according to Bloomberg
Last year, public health officials warned Americans to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend. This year the message was very different.
“If you’re vaccinated, you’re protected and can enjoy your Memorial Day,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a press conference last week. Still, Walensky stressed that anyone who is not vaccinated continues to be at risk.
In Southern California, residents celebrated the long weekend with trips to the beach, camping, and dining out. The state is preparing to lift social distancing restrictions and mask the restrictions later in June.
According to Johns Hopkins, the test positivity rate in California is now below one percent. The state has come a long way since it was a COVID epicenter in early 2021.
Los Angeles, in particular, has recovered considerably. The province is seeing fewer than 1,500 cases per day — a huge drop from its peak of 15,000 cases per day in winter.
The test positivity rate is a low 0.3 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times, and more than half of the county has received at least one vaccine dose.
California’s number of new COVID-19 cases is now below 3,000 a day – after peaking at nearly 50,000 during the winter wave
New York, one of the country’s first COVID epicenters, has also recovered. The positivity rate in all NYC zip codes is less than 3 percent
Travel at Los Angeles International Airport reached a record of 2021 AP reports this on Friday. More than 78,000 passengers passed through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.
In the former northeastern hotspots of New York and New Jersey, the celebrations were more subdued thanks to the rainy weather.
But now that temperatures are rising again, New Yorkers have something to celebrate. The city affected 50 percent of residents who had been vaccinated with at least one dose over the weekend.
Every NYC zip code currently has a test positivity rate below three percent, according to local news site THE CITY.
Nationally, there’s just over a month left to meet President Biden’s goal — 70 percent of adult Americans will have received at least one vaccine dose by July 4 — and the country is on track. About 1.3 million Americans are vaccinated every day.
But in other parts of the world, the pandemic is far from over. Higher-income countries are vaccinated against 30 times more than in the lowest-income countries, said Bloomberg.
Even in the US, some states in the South and Midwest have vaccination rates well below the national average. Continued incentives for vaccines, shipping doses abroad and other efforts are needed to truly end the pandemic.
California and New York, two former hot spots, now see far fewer cases and low positivity rates