COVID-19 Trends Turn Positive in the USA
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its weekly COVID-19 report today, showing various trends on the decline. This good news from the CDC on March 5, 2021, includes declines in cases, hospitalization, and mortality related to COVID-19 in the USA.
In recent weeks during 2021, there has been an overall decline of 43.1% of the COVID-19 fatality 7-day moving average since January 13th. The current 7-day average of related deaths is a 6.7% decrease from the previous 7-day average of 2,060 daily deaths.
Hospital admissions of patients with confirmed COVID-19 decreased 67% from the national 7-day average peak on January 9, 2021, to a 7-day average of 5,490 admissions on March 2, 2021.
The percent of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests that were positive continued to decline as well. The 7-day average of percent positivity from tests is now 4.5%. In January 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 virus positivity rate exceeded 10%.
The one metric that significantly increased is the number of COVID-19 vaccinations, which began in the USA on December 14, 2020. As of March 4th, 82.6 million vaccine doses have been administered.
The CDC says, 'As we enter spring, we need to stay focused on reducing spread in our communities. This means we need to continue to practice proven prevention strategies, including wearing a well-fitted mask, staying six feet apart from people we don’t live with, avoiding gatherings, washing hands often, staying home when sick, and getting vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you.'