Daily coronavirus infections plateaued across the United States last week—and are on the rise in several states—following weeks of steadily declining case counts, even as Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to drop nationwide, as US health officials voice concern that the virus ‘ BA.2 omicron subvariant could fuel another uptick in infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an average of 27,594 new cases per day in the seven-day period ending Friday, nearly identical to March 18’s average of 27,262 cases—one of the first national plateaus since cases began to drop in mid-January following the winter’s record-breaking omicron surge .
Average cases have risen over the last two weeks in nine states, along with Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, while cases have declined in the other 41 states, according to to data compiled by the New York Times,
Kentucky is facing the fastest rise in Covid-19 cases, with a 106% uptick in two weeks according to the Timesfollowed by New York (up 56%), Colorado (30%), Massachusetts (27%), Texas (18%), Connecticut (17%), Vermont (17%), Rhode Island (9%) and Delaware ( 8%).
Covid-19-related hospitalizations continue to decline nationallywith 1,712 new hospital admissions per day in the weeklong period ending Thursday, compared to 2,152 the week prior, according to the CDC—every state has reported a 14-day decline in hospital patients, according to the Times.
Deaths from Covid-19 also continue to drop: Some 705 people died per day on average as of Friday compared to 978 the week before, according to CDC data.