Still, the country continues to reach an average of nearly 190,000 new cases each day, more than any point since the pandemic before December. Coronavirus deaths are still extremely high, with more than 4,300 deaths announced on Wednesday, the pandemic’s second-highest daily death toll. And in some places there is no progress at all.
Virginia reports some of its highest infections to date. New outbreaks are raging in South Carolina. And in some parts of Texas, including around San Antonio and parts of the Mexican border, the number of cases is as high as it once was. The county, which includes Laredo, reports more than 500 cases each day, a per capita figure more than twice as high as Los Angeles County, which is also struggling.
In places where new cases have slowed in recent days, local and state health officials have shared positive – but preliminary – news about the virus.
“Everything is moving in the right direction,” Dr. Alison Arvadi, Chicago’s public health commissioner, told a news conference on Thursday, noting that because of the city’s encouraging performance, museums have reopened, gyms allow group activities and more restrictions. to be loosened in the coming days. Epidemiologists say cases are increasing and decreasing in cycles controlled almost entirely by human behavior, and some experts worry that a new business opening allowed due to the sinking of the number of cases could simply trigger new waves again.
Gretchen Musician, a health commissioner in Minneapolis, said state employees were “encouraged but cautious” about the situation and that they remained vigilant as Minnesota began to reopen certain sectors of the economy.
“We are trying to make sure that these openings do not escalate our prices again,” said Ms Musician.
While epidemiologists warn of the spread of new options, health officials are vying to vaccinate as many people as possible. As of Thursday, nearly 2.4 million people had been fully vaccinated. More than half of the countries administered less than 50 percent of the doses sent to them.