Editor’s note: This story will be updated regularly as new statistics are released.
New confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States continue to decline as the number of deaths related to the disease continues to worry health officials.
These numbers have produced concerns among health experts.
Another estimate projected more than 230,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the United States by November 1.
A third estimate predicted the United State would see nearly 300,000 deaths by December 1 if more people don’t start wearing facial coverings.
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Overall, the United States now has more than 5.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Hospitalizations stand at about 45,000, a decrease from the record numbers posted in late July.
COVID-19 related deaths have topped 166,000.
A daily tracking graph from The New York Times reports there was an average of about 53,000 new cases per day this past week, a 17 percent decrease from 2 weeks ago.
The graph now shows that only 2 states have experienced an increase in new COVID-19 cases in the past 2 weeks. That was down from the 28 states in the same category 2 weeks ago.
In 25 states, the cases are mostly the same. There are 23 states with a decrease in the past 14 days.
A weekly tracking graph by Reuters that was updated on Monday reported 376,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States for the week that ended August 9.
That was the third straight week of decline.
Reuters lists 11 states where case numbers ticked upward this past week.
Reuters also reports that more than 7,200 people died from COVID-19 in the United States this past week, a 16 percent decrease from the previous week after 4 straight weeks that deaths have risen.
The rate of positive test results remained steady at about 8 percent.
In all, 35 states reported positivity rates of more than 5 percent. That’s the level that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers “a cause for concern.”
Mississippi and Texas were the highest at 21 percent.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases expert at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, says this summer’s high caseload and spike in deaths can be attributed to the lack of a national strategy and people’s reluctance to follow guidelines such as wearing facial coverings and maintaining safe physical distancing.
“Many people go out in a carefree and not a careful way,” he told Healthline.
Schaffner also doesn’t see COVID-19 receding any time soon.
“I think this virus will go unfettered for some time yet,” he said. “We’re in a new normal. That can be a difficult thing to grasp.”
In terms of percentage, Hawaii was the highest with a 125 percent increase in new COVID cases after a relatively low caseload most of the summer.
Vermont was second with a jump of 27 percent, according to the Reuters graph.
In terms of sheer numbers, Texas, California, and Florida are still leading the way.
Texas had the most reported new cases with about 54,000, still a decrease of 4 percent from the previous week.
California was second with 48,000 new cases, a decline of 19 percent. There are concerns over the rising number of cases in the state’s Central Valley.
Florida was third with 45,000 new cases, a 28 percent drop.
Arizona, a one-time hot spot in the country, continued its downward trend. The state reported 8,000 new cases, a decrease of 49 percent from the week before.
A number of states in the South are still experiencing a high number of new COVID-19 cases.
Georgia had the fourth highest number of new cases with 23,000, a decline of 7 percent.
Tennessee reported more than 13,000 new cases, a decrease of 16 percent from the prior week.
North Carolina and Louisiana both recorded about 11,000 new cases. Both were decreases from the week before.
There are also concerns that the virus is starting to spread in the Midwest and in rural areas where medical services aren’t as plentiful as in other regions.
Illinois reported 12,000 new cases, an increase of 15 percent.
North Dakota, Indiana, South Dakota, Idaho, and Minnesota were also among the states reporting increases.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the decline but still remain high.
On Thursday, Texas was listed as having 7,216 people hospitalized with COVID-19, a decline from the high of 10,893 reported in late July.
Florida has the next highest hospitalizations with 6,755 patients, a decline from where it was a week ago.
California is third with 5,442 people hospitalized with COVID-19, less than the numbers reported last week.
Georgia has the fourth highest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients with 2,881, slightly less than last week.
Arizona, Illinois, and Alabama have about 1,500 people with COVID-19 in medical facilities.
The New York Times graph shows 14 states where COVID-19 related deaths have risen over the past 2 weeks.
The Reuters graph listed 15 states where deaths have increased this past week.
Wyoming had the highest percentage at 100 percent, but that was two deaths this past week compared to one death the previous week.
West Virginia recorded a 57 percent hike with a total of 22 deaths.
Tennessee showed an increase of 41 percent with 150 fatalities.
In total numbers, Texas reported the most deaths with 1,459 this past week, a decrease of nearly 40 percent after an increase last week of almost 130 percent.
Florida was next highest with 1,109, a decrease of 10 percent.
California recorded 978 fatalities this past week, an increase of 3 percent.
In addition, Georgia reported a record number for daily deaths with 137 new fatalities on Tuesday, breaking the record of 92 set last Friday.
The Midwestern states reporting increases in COVID-19 deaths were North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Illinois.