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- National data reports the average death rate from COVID-19 has fallen to about 600 per day.
- This is the lowest the figure has been since summer 2020.
- New cases and hospitalizations are falling as well.
The U.S. hit another significant milestone in its fight against COVID-19, with average daily deaths falling to 600 — the lowest fatality count since July 2020.
While the number is still grim, the death rate had held steadily at about 700 per day for several weeks.
National data report that January 2021 was the deadliest month for the U.S. in the course of the pandemic, with 4,406 fatalities alone reported on Jan. 12. Monthly, the average was a staggering 3,100 per day.
Hospitalizations and new confirmed infections have shown similar declining patterns, both having peaked in January and again slightly in April. Roughly 37,000 Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19 nationwide, and about 39,000 new cases are confirmed daily as of May 11.
Occurring simultaneously as falling COVID-19 cases are increased vaccinations. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show 264 million doses have been administered. Within this number, 46.4 percent of the population has received at least one dose, while more than one-third have received the full two shots.
These encouraging trends have prompted multiple states and jurisdictions to begin reopening at some level, although largely still mandating masks and physical distancing while in public.