Coronavirus cases and deaths are continuing to plummet across the United States as more and more people get vaccinated against the disease.
Several former epicenters on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and on the East Coast, are seeing deaths and hospitalizations on the decline and test positivity rates falling to record low numbers.
Los Angeles County, which was at one point, reporting a COVID-19 dearth every eight is now seeing fewer than 300 new cases per day and fewer than 20 deaths.
New York City, the country’s very first epicenter, cases had plateaued for at least two months, and have now fallen by more than percent to around 1,200 per day.
And North Dakota, which at one time had the second-highest infection rate in the country is recording around 150 cases per day.
During the height of the pandemic in January, Los Angeles County was reporting as many as 17,000 new Covid infections per day and 300 deaths. On Tuesday, the county recorded just 273 new cases and 18 deaths
Los Angeles County’s coronavirus test positivity rate has fallen to just 0.7%, a record-low number
During the height of the pandemic in late January, Los Angeles County officials reported a death due to COVID-19 every eight minutes on average, about 300 per day, and a new infection every six seconds, as many as 17,000 per day.
However, on Tuesday, the county recorded just 18 deaths and 273 new cases, some of the lowest numbers seen since the start of the crisis.
What’s more, the test positivity rate has fallen to just 0.7 percent, a record-low number.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County was declared eligible to move to the yellow tier, which is the least restrictive tier of the state’s color-coded designations.
Entering the yellow tier allows a higher capacity for several businesses, including fitness centers, bars, outdoor venues and even amusements parks.
In a statement on Tuesday, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the progress ‘is a tribute to everything Angelenos have done to stay safe, stop the spread, and defeat COVID-19.’
Coronavirus cases have declined by 65% in New York City over the last month from more than 3,500 cases to 1,256 cases recorded on Tuesday
Deaths have also fallen drastically in the former epicenter, which saw about 60 COVID-19 deaths per day one month ago to just 22 reported on Tuesday
New York City is also seeing a drastic decline in cases and deaths after holding steady for weeks.
Over the last two months, cases had plateaued between 3,500 and 5,000 average cases per day and there were about 60 fatalities per day.
On Tuesday, there were 1,256 new infections recorded and 22 deaths, representing a 65 percent decline and a 63 percent decline, respectively.
This led Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare on Thursday that New York City is expected to be ‘fully reopen’ for business on July 1.
‘This is going to be the summer of New York City,’ he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
‘You’re going to see amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York City, because they want to live again.’
The seven-day rolling average of coronavirus cases in Michigan has fallen by 48% from more than 6,000 per day to 3,096 per day
Even in the most recent hotspot of Michigan, coronavirus cases have dramatically fallen.
Just three weeks ago, the seven-day rolling average of new infections had reached more than 6,000 per day.
However, as of Tuesday, the number of new infections has fallen by 48.4 percent to an average of 3,096 per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
With the still high – but falling – numbers, Gov Gretchen Whitmer issued a new directive stating that masks are no longer required at small outdoor weddings, graduation parties and while playing some outdoor sports.
‘The commitment by Michiganders to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is allowing us to move toward a return to normal,’ said department director Elizabeth Hertel on Tuesday.
‘The vaccines work. That means once Michiganders are fully vaccinated, they do not have to abide by as many health guidelines because of the protection the vaccine provides from the spread of the virus.’
In North Dakota, daily cases surpassed more than 1,000 – with thew orst infection rate with 99 cases per 100,000 people – and have fallen to 149 on Tuesday
In late October, when states in the Midwest and Great Plains were getting battered, few were hit harder than North Dakota.
On October 30, health officials reported a record of 1,222 new cases on Thursday after three straight days of declines and shattering the previous high of 1,038 on October 22.
The state had the second worst infection rate with 99 cases per 100,000 people.
‘This is what may appear to be the beginning of the fall surge’ that experts such as Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has warned about for months, said Gov Doug Burgum during a briefing on Thursday.
With holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, he added: ‘This is going to be a real challenging time.’
Meanwhile, 149 new cases were recorded on Tuesday with no new deaths reported, with active cases falling below 1,000.
On Tuesday, the U.S. recorded 40,733 new coronavirus infections with a seven-day rolling average of 47,704, the lowest number seen since October 9
Additionally, 933 COVID-19-related deaths were reported, marking the fourth day in a row that fatalities have been below 1,000
On Tuesday, the U.S. recorded 40,733 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 47,704, which is the lowest number seen since October 9, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.
The figure is not only far below January’s peak of about 247,000 average new cases, but also below even the July surge, when daily cases were averaging about 68,000.
A total of 933 coronavirus deaths were also reported on Tuesday, marking the fourth day in a row that fatalities have been below 1,000.
The seven-day rolling average currently sits at about 723 deaths per day, which is the third-straight week that the average has been a three-digit figure.
Just four states – Hawaii, Louisiana, New Mexico and Wyoming – are reporting an increase in COVID-19 infections with all other states are either holding steady or seeing a decline.
Meanwhile, former epicenters, including Los Angeles County and New York City, are seeing deaths and hospitalizations on the decline and test positivity rates falling to record low numbers.
Forty-six states are reporting steady or declining cases with just four states – Hawaii, Louisiana, New Mexico and Wyoming – recording upticks
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have dropped by about 80 percent since the peak in January and deaths have declined by 78 percent.
Not only that, but the seven-day rolling average for fatalities has decreased regularly since the start of 2021, a DailyMail.com analysis found.
On January 12, the seven-day average sat at 3,288 deaths. By February 17, the average had fallen to 2,482, then 1,951 by March 2 and 1,057 by March 22. On March 26, the rolling average fell below 1,000 for the first time since November.
Many public health experts say the decreasing numbers are due to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
As of Tuesday morning, 147.8 million Americans – 44.5 percent of the population – has received at least one dose and 106 million – 32 percent – are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All three vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – were close to 100 percent effective in clinical trials at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death.
Health experts say that vaccinations have helped drive down cases and deaths, with all three approved vaccines nearly 100% effective at preventing severe illness and death
As more people become vaccinated, doctors say that cases and deaths have stopped yo-yo-ing up and down every few weeks
This has led to death rates among particularly vulnerable populations dramatically falling, such as among senior citizens, Dr Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told CNN.
‘If you look, for example at populations that have been highly vaccinated like nursing home residents, you will see that deaths in nursing homes have plummeted, and overall, the death rate has been falling over time,’ Adalja said.
‘It’s really a function of how many of the high-risk individuals have been vaccinated and that is becoming more evident.
Adalja explained that prior to vaccines, cases would rise and deaths, a lagging indicator, would rise a few weeks later. When cases would finally begin to fall, it would take a few weeks for deaths to catch up.
‘With the vaccine, it’s a little bit different because if you go to a nursing home and you’ve vaccinated the whole population, it’s going to take a while for them to be fully vaccinated and have that protection,’ he said.
‘Really to see the full impact of the vaccines, you want it to be two weeks after the final dose of whatever vaccine they’re getting.’
Meanwhile, former epicenters have been seen sharp declines in cases and deaths.