US Coronavirus: Cases Cap At 41k Despite Midwest Rise

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New cases of the coronavirus across the United States now appear to be leveling off after a rapid decline last month as some states in the Midwest begin to see an increase in infections.

The country, which has now passed 6 million infections, is recording an average of around 41,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week.

It comes after infections began to decline rapidly in late July, when daily cases peaked at an average of more than 66,600 after an outbreak in Sun Belt states.

Cases saw another sharp drop in mid-August before showing signs of plateauing last week.

Yet new infections are the lowest since late June and have been declining nationally for six straight weeks now.

Deaths have slowly declined and currently average 914 deaths per day. More than 183,500 Americans have now died from COVID-19.

The United States has averaged about 41,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week. It comes after infections began to decline rapidly in late July, when daily cases peaked at more than 66,600 on average after rising in solar belt states.

New infections are the lowest since the end of June and have been declining nationally for six straight weeks now.  Over the past week, several states in the Midwest, including South Dakota and Iowa, have seen an increase in cases

New infections are the lowest since the end of June and have been declining nationally for six straight weeks now. Over the past week, several states in the Midwest, including South Dakota and Iowa, have seen an increase in cases

Deaths, which stagnated nationwide for about three weeks before dropping, are a lagging indicator and can potentially increase several weeks after new cases start to decline.

While still high, the current daily death rate in the United States remains below the levels seen in April, when an average of 2,000 people died from COVID-19 each day.

Over the past week, several Midwestern states have seen an increase in the number of cases – some linked to the reopening of colleges and others as a result of South Dakota’s annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, according to an analysis Reuters weekly COVID-19 data.

Iowa leads the country with an increase of more than 8,000 cases, or 116%, in the week ending August 30.

At the same time, rates of positive tests in Iowa soared to 24% from 13% the week before.

Most of the new cases in Iowa are in counties that are home to the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, which hold in-person classes.

Colleges and universities across the country have experienced epidemics after students return to campus, forcing some to switch to online-only learning.

Iowa reported a record one-day peak of more than 1,500 cases last Thursday.

In South Dakota, cases rose 2,000, or 104%, last week. The state drew more than 365,000 people to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis August 7-16.

The South Dakota Department of Health said 105 cases have so far been attributed to the event.

Deaths have slowly declined and currently average 914 deaths per day.  Over 183,500 Americans have now died from COVID-19

Deaths have slowly declined and currently average 914 deaths per day. Over 183,500 Americans have now died from COVID-19

New infections are lowest since late June and have been declining nationwide for six straight weeks now

New infections are lowest since late June and have been declining nationwide for six straight weeks now

Although still high, the current daily death rate in the United States remains below the levels seen in April, when an average of 2,000 people died each day from COVID-19

Although still high, the current daily death rate in the United States remains below the levels seen in April, when an average of 2,000 people died each day from COVID-19

The sharp drop in national cases seen over the past month was mainly due to the significant drop in sensitive area states of California, Arizona, Florida and Texas after infections peaked there in mid-July .

The hotspot states, along with others with high infection rates across the country, all implemented mitigation measures around July in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

Among the hotspot states that are reducing the national infection rate, California and Texas have implemented statewide mask warrants when in public.

In the absence of statewide orders, some counties in Florida and Arizona have required residents to wear masks.

All four states in the hotspot have closed bars, and all except Florida have also forced gyms to close.

More than eight months after the start of the pandemic, the number of people tested for COVID-19 has declined in recent weeks.

Many health officials and at least 33 states have rejected new COVID-19 testing guidelines released by the Trump administration last week, according to which people exposed to the virus and without symptoms may not need testing.

Public health officials believe the United States needs to test more frequently to find asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 in order to slow the spread of the disease.

Although the United States has the highest number of recorded infections in the world, it ranks tenth on a per capita basis, with Brazil, Peru and Chile having higher infection rates.

The United States also has the most deaths in the world with nearly 183,000 and ranks 11th for per capita deaths, surpassed by Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Chile, Spain, the Kingdom -U, Belgium and Peru.

IOWA: Iowa leads the country with an increase of more than 8,000 cases, or 116%, in the week ending August 30.  Iowa reported a record high of more than 1,500 cases last Thursday.

IOWA: Iowa leads the country with an increase of more than 8,000 cases, or 116%, in the week ending August 30. Iowa reported a record high of more than 1,500 cases last Thursday.

Most of the new cases in Iowa are in counties that are home to the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, which hold in-person classes.

SOUTH DAKOTA: In South Dakota, cases rose 2,000, or 104 percent, last week.  The South Dakota Department of Health said 105 cases have so far been attributed to the annual motorcycle rally

SOUTH DAKOTA: In South Dakota, cases rose 2,000, or 104 percent, last week. The South Dakota Department of Health said 105 cases have so far been attributed to the annual motorcycle rally

Across the Midwest, infections also increased after the annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally in South Dakota drew more than 365,000 people from across the country between August 7 and August 16.

Across the Midwest, infections also increased after the annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally in South Dakota drew more than 365,000 people from across the country between August 7 and August 16.

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