National numbers, Dec. 13

In the past week (December 6 through 12), the U.S. reported about 1.6 million new cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project. This amounts to:

  • An average of 228,000 new cases each day (23% increase from the previous week)
  • 487 total new cases for every 100,000 Americans
  • 1 in 205 Americans getting diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week
  • 44% of the total cases reported across the globe this week, according to the World Health Organization
4 bar charts showing key COVID-19 metrics for the US over time. Today, states reported 1.9M tests, 223k cases, 108,487 currently hospitalized (record), and 2,477 deaths.
Nationwide COVID-19 metrics published in the COVID Tracking Project’s daily update on December 12. Seven-day averages for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are all at all-time highs.

In the month of November, one in 74 Americans was diagnosed with COVID-19. This terrible rise in cases has already put enormous strain on the nation’s healthcare system, and the outbreak is not slowing down. One in 131 Americans was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the first 12 days of December alone.

Last week, America also saw:

  • 108,500 people now hospitalized with COVID-19 (33.1 for every 100,000 people)
  • 17,300 new COVID-19 deaths (5.3 for every 100,000 people)

In last Sunday’s issue, I reported that 15,000 deaths in one week marked a national record; this week, we saw 2,000 more. How do you think about numbers this big? You could compare the pandemic to 9/11, Pearl Harbor, and other American tragedies, but even this practice minimizes the fact that a day of 3,000 deaths is only one day in a year of mass suffering.

Stay safe out there, readers. Stay well. Stay kind.

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