National numbers, January 30

COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the decline nationwide, though they have not yet dropped as steeply as cases. Chart via the CDC, retrieved January 29.

In the past week (January 22 through 28), the U.S. reported about 4.2 million new cases, according to the CDC. This amounts to:

  • An average of 597,000 new cases each day
  • 1,273 total new cases for every 100,000 Americans
  • One in 79 Americans testing positive for COVID-19
  • 20% fewer new cases than last week (January 15-21)

Last week, America also saw:

  • 135,000 new COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals (41 for every 100,000 people)
  • 16,000 new COVID-19 deaths (4.9 for every 100,000 people)
  • 100% of new cases are Omicron-caused (as of January 22)
  • An average of 600,000 vaccinations per day (per Bloomberg)

Last week, COVID-19 case numbers started to indicate that the U.S.’s Omicron surge was turning a corner; this week, cases are clearly on the decline. National new case reports have dropped by about 24% in the past two weeks, from 784,000 new cases a day in mid-January to 597,000 new cases a day last week.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are also on the decline, though this metric is not dropping as steeply: the number of patients hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 nationwide went from nearly 150,000 in mid-January to 138,000 this past week, according to the CDC.

Deaths, meanwhile, are still increasing, as trends in deaths tend to lag behind trends in cases by several weeks. Over 2,000 Americans died of COVID-19 each day last week, and the country is on track to reach 900,000 total deaths in early February (in the official count, anyway—the true death toll is likely much higher).

Cases have been dropping in Northeast hotspots like New York, New Jersey, D.C., Maryland, and Delaware for several weeks now. In New York City, for example, the number of new COVID-19 cases last week was one-ninth the cases reported during the city’s Omicron peak in early January—though the city and state overall are still at case levels far above the CDC threshold for high transmission.

At the same time, cases continue to increase in some Western states, including Montana, Idaho, and Washington. The states with the highest COVID-19 case rates per capita right now are Alaska, Oklahoma, Kentucky, North Dakota, and California; all reported about 2,000 new cases per 100,000 residents in the last week, according to the latest Community Profile Report.

The Omicron surge has inspired many Americans to get vaccinated. About 75% of the U.S. population has now received at least one vaccine dose, per the CDC, and more than 40% of those fully vaccinated have received a booster shot. But vaccines are still unavailable for the youngest Americans, contributing to a rise in pediatric cases: in the week ending January 20, a record 1.1 million COVID-19 cases were reported among children.

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