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We are now more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which officially began on March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the viral outbreak a global event. It’s also been well over a year since the WHO announced on January 5, 2020, that there was a mysterious virus emerging in Wuhan, China. Since then, nearly 600,000 Americans have died from the virus.
Today, the state of the pandemic looks far different than it did even a few months ago. We now have a handful of vaccines to prevent the infection, and more than half of all US adults are fully vaccinated. But it’s still crucial that we maintain our awareness of the severity of this crisis. Here’s a quick overview of the most recent essential stats and figures:
Current US vaccination numbers
The daily average number of administered vaccine doses has been dropping since mid-April, and is now just about 1.13 million doses per day, which is a 67 percent decrease from when vaccinations peaked on April 13 at 3.38 million doses per day. A little more than half (52 percent) of the entire US population has now received at least one dose, and 64 percent of those 18 and older have gotten at least one jab. President Biden has said that he wants to have at least 70 percent of Americans with at least one shot by July Fourth. That target might prove more difficult now that vaccinations have slowed. More than half (53 percent) of US adults are now fully vaccinated. All told, 171.3 million people living in the US have received one dose, and more than 139.7 million have received two Moderna or Pfizer shots or received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
These are the top five states for percentage of population with at least one dose:
- Vermont at 72 percent
- Massachusetts at 68 percent
- Hawaii at 68 percent
- Connecticut at 64 percent
- Maine at 64 percent
Every state has reached a rate of at least 25 percent complete vaccination, with Vermont leading the way at 59 percent and Mississippi trailing last at 28 percent.
Latest US COVID-19 case counts
The United States has now reported more than 33 million cases in total, and there were 15,091 new daily cases on average as of June 7—one of the lowest numbers since the end of March 2020. Case numbers have drastically declined from our third—and by far largest—peak so far, but have hovered around the same level for about a week now. There was a long plateau, and even a brief rise, from February through April, but since the middle of April cases were consistently declining until this week.
COVID-19 testing rates have fallen significantly since the January peak, meaning case numbers aren’t directly comparable to the winter counts. But positivity rates have been falling too, giving some reassurance that the virus is truly becoming less prevalent. It’s crucial that we maintain the precautions that produced this decline. Most importantly, it’s crucial that everyone get vaccinated as quickly as possible. Every adult in the US is currently eligible—this is how we can all contribute to ending the pandemic.
Coronavirus stats around the world
Going by total case counts, the current top 10 countries for COVID-19 are:
- United Kingdom
But what these countries generally have in common is large populations. The list of total cases per 100,000 people tells a very different story (not counting countries with fewer than 100,000 people):
- Czech Republic
- United States
The US is the only country on both lists, which is a testament to how poorly we’ve handled containing the pandemic, especially early on.
South America currently has the highest per capita rate of new infections globally. Almost all South American nations are experiencing case spikes, and among the highest rates of new infections and deaths in the world. Peru has reported more than 180,000 COVID-19 deaths, making it the country with the highest death toll per capita. Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Suriname, Paraguay, and Chile are all in the top 10 for recent cases per 100,000 residents. Brazil is also dealing with high infection rates.
Mongolia is also experiencing a steep spike in cases. The average count of new daily cases has risen 120% over the past two weeks, and the country is in the top 10 for recent cases per capita.
India continues to be the major driver of the global case count. Though new daily cases continue to rapidly decline from the May 8 peak and the country still trails the US in total case counts by about 4.4 million.
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The most recent COVID-19 hotspots in the US
Case numbers are continuing to decline in previous hotspots like Michigan, New York, and New Jersey. States with the highest current infection rate relative to their populations include Wyoming, Nevada, and Colorado. Most states continue to report declining new daily case numbers, but case rates have started increasing again in Alabama, Nevada, Louisiana, Montana, and Wyoming.
The coronavirus death toll and hospitalization rate
At least 597,533 Americans have now died from COVID-19. An average of 459 people died every day over the week ending on June 7. The average number of people hospitalized with COVID is at its lowest point since the end of March 2020, when the pandemic took hold in the US. New daily deaths have increased slightly from the pandemic low reported last week.
While vaccines offer a light at the end of the tunnel, and the CDC’s current mask guidelines show we are closer than ever to returning to some semblance of normal life, it’s just as important now as it was at the start of the pandemic to remain vigilant.