For the first time this year, no state has registered a seven-day average of over 10,000 new infections with COVID-19, data shows.
According to the COVID Monitoring Project, Tuesday’s positive sign comes as every state has seen steady declines in infections since January.
Texas, California, and New York are dealing with some of the highest case numbers in the world, but the data shows that none of them reported more than a seven-day average of more than 9,000 new infections.
With an average of 8,963 cases for that time, Texas led the nation, while California reported 8,209 cases and, according to the study, 7,972 new infections were reported in New York.
Wyoming and Hawaii, meanwhile, recorded some of the nation’s lowest figures. Wyoming had a seven-day average of 74 cases, while Hawaii recorded just 57, data shows. COVID-19-related deaths are also seeing nationwide declines.
According to the COVID Monitoring Project, the seven-day average for coronavirus fatalities was down 30 percent from its height on Jan. 13, reporting less than 2,335 deaths.
The group wrote on Twitter, “This is the fewest COVID-19 deaths recorded by states on a Tuesday since Nov. 3”
The U.S. announced a 23 percent decline in new COVID-19 infections last week and a 16 percent drop in the number of people hospitalised with the virus, with both statistics dropping for a fifth week in a row.
The COVID vaccine will be available to every American ‘by the end of July,’ with millions of additional doses on the way, President Joe Biden promised on Tuesday. As early as Christmas, he expected herd immunity could be achieved.
During a CNN town hall on the pandemic, Biden made the pledge as his administration is facing concerns about its target figures to bring the vaccine into every American’s arms.
The first question from moderator Anderson Cooper was ‘when is every American who wants it going to be able to get a vaccine.’
‘By the end of July of this year,’ Biden responded. ‘By the end of July, we’ll have over 600 million doses – enough to vaccinate every single American.’