The U.S. is seeing new COVID cases trend downward for the first time in months. After hitting a national daily average of more than 300,000 in the first week of January, new case rates nationwide have dropped dramatically. But the most recent batch of data shows that a trio of states is currently bucking the trend as COVID cases are starting to rise there once again. Read on to see which states are seeing things move in the wrong direction, and for more on when the next national spike in cases may come, check out This Is Exactly When We'll See the Next COVID Surge, Experts Warn.
The past week saw newly reported cases of COVID in the U.S. drop by 25 percent compared to the previous seven days, which represents the biggest single-week drop since the beginning of the pandemic in March, according to Reuters. But top officials still warn that highly contagious variants of the virus are continuing to spread, with some fearing that it could reverse the progress that has been made in bringing numbers down.
"I'm asking everyone to please keep your guard up," Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Feb. 8 during a White House COVID-19 Response Team press conference. "The continued proliferation of variants remains a great concern and is a threat that could reverse the recent positive trends we are seeing." So far, the CDC reports that emerging variant cases have been reported in at least 33 states, with 690 cases of the U.K. strain, 7 of the South African variant, and 3 of the Brazilian strain across the country.
But there are already some places that have seen cases spike once more despite the national downward trend. Read on to see which states are witnessing an increase as of Feb. 8, according to Reuters, and for more on the symptoms to look out for, check out If You're Over 65, You Could Be Missing This COVID Symptom, Study Says.
One-week total of new cases per 100,000 people: 111.6
Percentage change from previous week: Up 10.8
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One-week total of new cases per 100,000 people: 380
Percentage increase from previous week: 2.4 percent
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One-week total of new cases per 100,000 people: 149.8
Percentage increase from previous week: 0.3 percent
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Meanwhile, California saw the largest drop in cases.
One-week total of new cases per 100,000 people: 249.1
Percentage decrease from previous week: 47.6 percent
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