New daily COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining, but the test positivity rate rises to a 5-month high

For the first time in months, the daily average for new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths was lower on the day, but the two-week trend is still firmly rising, led by a nearly doubling in Minnesota and more than 50% increases in Oklahoma and Alaska.

The rising trend in the US comes as China ordered people living in Shanghai and Beijing to take more COVID-19 tests after new cases surfaced in the cities, only recently after Shanghai emerged from strict lockdowns.

The latest outbreak in Shanghai, China’s largest city, was linked to a karaoke parlor that reopened without a permit before lockdowns were lifted and failed to step up preventive measures, the Associated Press reported. Beijing has also seen an outbreak of cases linked to a nightlife spot.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong and gambling hub Macao and other cities in China are currently under strict COVID restrictions.

Back in the US, the seven-day average of new COVID cases fell to 100,155 on Tuesday from 105,754 on Monday, but was still 4% higher than two weeks ago, according to data a New York Times tracker. The daily average has remained stable in a range above 95k but below 115k since May 16th.

The states with the largest two-week increases in daily average new cases were Minnesota at 97%, Oklahoma at 56%, Alaska at 51% and Texas at 44%. The sharpest declines were in Hawaii at 26%, Nevada at 25% and Colorado at 18%.

The positivity rate for polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests reported to the US government has risen to 17%, the highest since Feb. 2.

The New York Times

The daily average for hospitalizations stood at 33,485 on Tuesday, after Monday’s average was revised to 34,100, the highest since March 8. The current daily decline was the first since mid-April, but the number was still up 10% from two weeks ago.

Wyoming saw the largest two-week increase in hospitalizations at 58%, followed by Alabama at 50%, while New Hampshire led the decline at 32%, followed by North Dakota at 28%.

The daily average of COVID-related deaths fell to 327 on Tuesday from 389 on Monday, but is up 13% in two weeks. Florida led all states in daily average deaths at 51.4 and deaths per 100,000 population at 0.24.

On the immunization front, 222.27 million Americans, or 66.9% of the total population, have been fully vaccinated, while 106.28 million, or 47.8% of those fully vaccinated, have received a booster shot, according to the latest data Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on a MarketWatch analysis of CDC data, 76,681 people under the age of five, or 0.4% of this population, were fully vaccinated.

States with the highest percentages of fully vaccinated populations are Rhode Island at 84% and Vermont at 82%, while the states with the lowest percentages were Wyoming at 51% and both Alabama and Mississippi at 52%, according to the New York Times data.

There were a total of 551.73 million COVID cases and 6,342,723 deaths worldwide Data provided by Johns Hopkins University. The US leads by far in cases with 88.09 million and deaths with 1,018,434. New daily COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining, but the test positivity rate rises to a 5-month high

Brian Lowry

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