Good news, folks. U.S. coronavirus infections have dropped to their lowest level since the early part of the pandemic back in March 2020, according to new reports released on Thursday.
The data reveals that there were fewer than 20,000 cases per day, which according to experts is a safe level.
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.
Following national lockdowns last spring, the U.S. saw a second wave last summer, when daily cases averaged more than 65,000. Hospitals around the country were overwhelmed.
Official case counts haven’t been at this low of a level since we all went into lockdown mode last year. However, at that particular time, none of us could have predicted the pandemic would last as long as it did.
About 10 percent of the population in the United States, which is around 33 million people, have tested positive for the coronavirus during the pandemic.
More than 600,000 folks have died from the virus in the U.S. And while that is certainly tragic, it seems we’re on the back side of the pandemic and things are slowly but surely headed back toward normalcy.