At the start of today’s Covid-19 briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky touted encouraging numbers in declining new cases, deaths, and hospital admissions, but also offered a note of caution.
“We continue to see trends going in the right direction, but cases, hospital admissions and deaths remain at very high levels,” Walensky said.
New cases, according to Walensky, have been declining steadily for five weeks, with the current seven-day average 74% from its peak on Jan.11. Today’s seven-day average, Walensky said, is now 66,000 cases per day and comparable. to last summer’s peak.
When it comes to new hospital admissions, today’s seven-day average of 6,500 marks a 60% decline from the January 9 peak and is the lowest rate of new hospital admissions since last fall.
At 1,900 deaths per day, the seven-day average of deaths is 39% lower than the previous seven-day average, making it the lowest number since early December.
Still, Walensky noted, “this seven-day average is offset by the stark reality that this week we will surpass half a million deaths from Covid-19 in the United States, a truly tragic reminder of the enormity of this pandemic and the loss. it has affected our personal lives and our communities. “
“While the pandemic is moving in the right direction, there is still much work to be done,” he added.