Three days ago, the 7-day average of cases reached 27,815, the first time that number had fallen below 30,000 since June 22, 2021, the Washington Post reports. the Poster said infection rates were falling evenly across the country, although some hot spots remain in the Deep South, the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest.
Several models, including prominent forecasts from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, predict less than 7,000 daily cases by mid-August and less than 120 deaths.
Yesterday, the United States reported 12,853 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, and 190 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker.
Half of states have vaccinated half of adults
Much of the reduction can be attributed to the strong vaccination campaign in this country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID Data Tracker shows that 357,250,475 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States and 286,890,900 have been administered, with 130,615,797 Americans fully vaccinated.
That means about half of the states (25 and Washington DC) have fully vaccinated 50% of adult residents, according to a new analysis from CNN. Now, states including New Jersey and Michigan are planning to end mask warrants and issue new in-person return-to-work guidelines.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that all New York public school children will return to face-to-face teaching in the fall. The decision affects around 1 million children.
“It’s time for everyone to come back,” de Blasio said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s time for all of us to be together. It’s time to do things the way they were meant to be done. All the children in the class together receive an excellent education from caring educators, attentive staff members.
Heart problems in young people vaccinated
The CDC is investigating a few dozen cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, found in vaccinated young adults and adolescents.
The incidents were first reported on May 17 at a meeting of the Vaccine Safety Technical Working Group (VaST). Cases are mild, often follow the second dose of mRNA vaccine, and are more common in men than in women.
“In CDC’s safety monitoring systems, myocarditis reporting rates in the window after COVID-19 vaccination did not differ from expected baseline rates. However, VaST members felt that information about myocarditis reports should be shared with providers, ”the CDC said.
Yesterday, the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association released a statement recommending vaccines despite these early reports.
“The few cases of myocarditis that have been reported after COVID-19 vaccination are being investigated. However, myocarditis is usually the result of a viral infection, and it remains to be seen whether these cases correlate with receiving COVID-19. vaccine, especially since the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States do not contain any live virus, ”the association said in a statement.
“We remain convinced that the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the very low and rare risks. “