Health officials said Thursday that coronavirus hospitalizations are down to their lowest level since Nov. 24.This is taken as a sign of improvement across essentially the entire United States.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there were 88,668 Covid-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Thursday. This is said to be a significant drop from the record high of 132,474 hospitalized on Jan. 6.
Authorities also note that the rate of new cases has been declining for weeks. The daily average now is more or less 120,000 a day. Deaths appear to finally be on the decline, now below 3,000 a day, based on the COVID Tracking Project data.
Health officials, however, continue to warn against complacency. They say the new strains of Covid like the U.K. and South African varieties are seen as more contagious.
“Now is not the time to let our guard down. Keep taking steps to protect each other,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing Wednesday.
Vaccination efforts are also ramping up. As of Thursday evening, around 36.7 million Covid shots had been administered around the U.S.
This means an estimated 2.3% of the population fully vaccinated with two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna shots.