Peter Wells in New York
The number of people currently admitted to the US with Covid-19 fell to its lowest in 10 days on Thursday, even as the number of daily deaths hovered around 4,000.
According to data from the Covid Tracking Project, the number of hospital admissions dropped from 130,391 to 128,947 on Wednesday.
That’s the lowest level since January 4, and is comparable to the record of 132,463 on January 6 (which was revised lower by one patient).
Signs of plateaus in various states that were hit hard in the latest wave seem to help.
California, in particular, has not reached a record number of hospital admissions for a week with 22,210 patients. Texas (14,052) and Arizona (4,930) both hit their most recent highs two days ago, while Georgia (5,968) and Virginia (3,196) pulled back from record highs on Wednesday.
North Carolina reported a record 3,990 hospital admissions. However, this was the first time since Sept. 17 that only one state – then West Virginia – reported a record number of patients, according to a The Washington City Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.
Given that hospital admissions are behind coronavirus cases, but precede fatalities, this may give some hope that the record of national death rates could flatten in the coming weeks.
According to figures from Thursday, states wrote another 3,915 deaths from the corona virus.
That’s down from 4,087 on Wednesday, which is now a record increase following Covid Tracking Project’s revisions of its data.
The US first reported more than 4,000 deaths in one day on January 7.
The country has had an average of 3,312 fatalities per day for the past week, down from a record 3,335 on Wednesday.
Texas (426) and Nevada (62) were the two states to report record numbers on Thursday, while California (552) reported the most.
Another 222,944 infections were reported in the past 24 hours, up from 221,557 on Wednesday. In the past week, the country had an average of 234,252 cases per day.