US Recovering, Slowly But Surely – COVID Hospitalizations Reach New Lows

US Recovering, Slowly But Surely - COVID Hospitalizations Reach New Lows

(ReliableNews.org) – The COVID-19’s Delta variant ravaged the United States for weeks, alarming public health officials as the nation moved into the dreaded flu and cold season. Fortunately, the tide started turning, and coronavirus-related hospital admission in some states began reaching pre-Delta levels slowly but surely.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a seven-day average of 95,448 reported cases of COVID-19 for the week ending on October 6. That figure represents a decrease of 11.6% over the previous week’s figure of 107,953. Hospitalizations for the same period dropped from 8,378 to 7,440, a reduction of 13.2%.

Several southern states saw major decreases in coronavirus-related hospital admissions, according to the CDC. For instance, Florida’s current 7-day average dropped 25.8% from 645 to 479 total admissions. That figure represents a 78.6% decrease from its peak average of 2,243 hospitalizations for the week ending on August 17, 2021.

Similarly, Texas hospitalizations dropped 20.7% from 929 to 737 for the week ending October 7. That figure represents a 60.6% decrease from its peak daily average of 1,870 reached during the week ending on January 10, 2021.

The rate of new hospitalizations reached below or close to the pre-Delta numbers reported in May 2021 for at least eight other states and Washington, DC.

It would appear that a mixture of rising vaccinations rates, coupled with natural immunity, is moving the country towards achieving herd immunity. At the very least, current hospital admission figures indicate a move toward cautious optimism regarding an eventual return to everyday life.

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