Peter Wells in New York
Hospital admissions for the coronavirus in the US dipped below 110,000 for the first time in six weeks on Monday, with a majority of states showing a downward trend in patients being treated.
According to data from the Covid Tracking Project, the number of people currently in U.S. hospitals with coronavirus has dropped from 110,628 on Sunday to 109,936. That is the lowest number of patients since December 13.
That trend is led by California. Hospital admissions in the most populous state of the US fell by more than 2,000 to 18,347 last day, the lowest level since December 21.
However, there are generally encouraging signs across the country. Kansas and Vermont were the only two states with higher patient numbers than a week ago, according to a The Washington City Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.
Another 1,593 deaths were attributed to the coronavirus, up from 1,944 on Sunday, and the least since the 1,395 reported last week on Monday.
There have been an average of 3,076 deaths per day in the US for the past week. That’s about 8 percent lower than the mid-January peak, but still at a high level.
Another 133,067 new infections were reported by states, up from 143,691 on Sunday, the fewest since December 25. The US had an average of 165,035 cases per day for the past week, which is the lowest since December 2.
Figures on Monday are typically lower than other days of the week due to reporting delays over the weekend, but in many states their trends have been found to continue to ease.