Recently reported coronavirus cases in the United States have increased slightly, as federal health officials broadened vaccination recommendations to include people aged 12 to 15.
The United States reported more than 35,000 new cases on Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and released early Thursday. The data can be updated later. Up slightly from Tuesday’s 33,651, it was the fifth consecutive daily figure below 40,000. Not all states report new cases every day.
The seven-day moving average of Covid-19 infections, which softens irregular state data reporting schedules, was 37,996 on Tuesday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data, while the 14-day average was 43084. When the seven-day average is lower than the 14-day average, as has been the case since April 17, it indicates that cases are down.
The U.S. death toll from Covid-19 on Wednesday was 847, pushing the total death toll to 583,600, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
An average of 2.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered daily over the past week, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Journal of Data. More than 45% of adults in the United States are now fully vaccinated, according to CDC data. Among the elderly, the rate is higher: 71.9% of people aged 65 and over are fully vaccinated.
Immunization levels vary by state. In Maine, 56.8% of adults are now fully vaccinated, including 85.5% of people over 65. Mississippi’s numbers are 33.2% for adults and 63.2% for seniors.
On Wednesday, the CDC recommended that children ages 12 to 15 receive the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, expanding the country’s vaccination campaign. Many parents, school officials and health officials are anxious to have children immunized in time for summer camps and the start of the next school year.
In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine offered the chance of a million dollar prize to residents who have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. “Ohio Vax-a-Million” will run for five weeks starting May 26, with the winner of each week’s raffle receiving $ 1 million – from existing federal coronavirus relief funds, Governor DeWine said. The Ohio Department of Health will sponsor the effort, with the Ohio Lottery conducting the draw.