US COVID-19 cases fall as more people get a jab

As more US citizens have received a jab or two of the vaccines, US COVID-19 cases have fallen dramatically. Thursday marked the first time since June 22, 2020 ‘the seven-day average has fallen below 30,000 new cases.’ On Friday, the US reported  over ‘28,000 new cases according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and published early Friday morning Eastern time. That was down from 30,141 a day earlier and 42,298 a week earlier.’

Still, there are some states where the seven-day average of new Covid-19 infections is higher than the 14-day average, according to Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicating that cases are on the rise. Those include Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The counties around Birmingham, Ala., and the county that includes Montgomery, Ala., are among the leading U.S. counties where the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases is greater than the 14-day average.

About 38.5% of people in the U.S. have now been fully vaccinated, according to CDC data, and 48.6% have had at least one dose. Now that vaccine supplies are ample and those eager for a shot are dwindling, the CDC issued new guidance for vaccination sites, saying they shouldn’t miss an opportunity to vaccinate an individual, even if it means remaining doses in a vial will go to waste. An average of 1.9 million vaccine doses a day have been administered in the U.S. during the past week, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data, up from an average of 1.8 million doses a day earlier.

In the event of a paywall, The Hill has the condensed version:

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