It’s been over two-and-half years since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Despite a return to normality for many Americans, hundreds of Americans still die from the virus every single day. This is a sad reminder of the continuing destruction caused by the pandemic.
The average daily death from COVID-19-related causes in the United States is just below 400. Even though the number of deaths per day is much lower than at its peak, 3400 Americans died from COVID-19 in January 2021.
“The seven-day average daily death rate is still too high at 375 per day — far higher than the 200 deaths per day we saw earlier in spring and far too high for vaccine-preventable diseases,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Wilensky stated during a White House press conference with the COVID-19 response group last week.
The U.S. reported 2,500 deaths in the past seven days. Since 2022, more 2than 21,000 Americans have been killed by COVID-19.
The majority of Americans currently dying from COVID-19 are older than 75. While more than 92% have been fully vaccinated by the time they reach 65, many Americans aren’t up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines and are at greater risk of severe illness.
The high death rate and concerns about the possibility of a COVID-19 revival have prompted Americans to get vaccinated. Experts say it is especially important that older people and those who are more vulnerable get vaccinated.
“We’re asking all Americans: Get your COVID-19 shot ” Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 Coordinator, said at a press conference last week. If you are 12 years old or older and have not been vaccinated before, it is time to get a new COVID-19 shot.
Jha said that the vaccine rollout is expanding and the administration will make “special efforts” to reach older Americans, congregate care residents such as nursing homes, and other people who might be vulnerable to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 hospitalization and case numbers fluctuated across the country throughout the summer. Even though numbers appeared to be declining, recent weeks have seen an increase in the number of U.S. wastewater stations reporting increased COVID-19 levels in their samples. This is after a decline in the latter half of the summer.
According to federal data, approximately 50% of U.S. wastewater sites have reported an increase in the COVID-19 virus presence in their wastewater over the past 15 days. This is up from 40% who reported increases last month.
Notable increases are being observed at several sites in the Northeast. After a surge in spring and summer, Boston’s wastewater levels had fallen to a plateau. However, recent data shows that COVID-19 sample levels have increased to their highest levels in two months.
It is important to remember that data is not available for all areas of the country, especially in the South and West.
The U.S. currently reports about 70,000 new cases per day. This is even though testing levels have dropped in recent months. Currently, less than 350,000 tests are being reported every day — the lowest number since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Nationally, however, hospital admissions are continuing to decline. Around 4,500 virus-positive Americans enter the hospital every day, a drop of 8.4% over the week.
Currently, there are 33,000 Americans who are virus-positive and receiving treatment in the U.S. This is down from 37,000 patients one week ago. The totals are still significantly lower than they were at January’s peak when more than 160,000 people were hospitalized with the virus.