The United States now has an average of 151,056 new Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
That’s a 44% dip from last week. New Covid-19 cases have plunged to less than one-fifth of the peak of more than 800,000 cases a day a month ago.
And for the first time since Christmas, the United States had less than 200,000 new Covid-19 cases a day on Friday.
Covid-19 admissions are also declining, with 82,842 patients currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That is a decrease of 23% compared to last week.
But more than 2,000 Americans still die every day from Covid-19, according to the JHU. Over the past week, an average of 2,306 Americans succumbed to the disease every day.
New Covid-19 deaths often occur weeks after infection, making deaths a lagging indicator.
While most Americans – 64% – have been fully vaccinated, only 28% have received a booster dose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And the pace of new vaccinations and booster shots has dropped to among the slowest they have ever been.
In December, the risk of testing positive for Covid-19 was five times higher for unvaccinated adults than it was for adults who were fully vaccinated and boosted, according to the CDC.
Over the past week, the number of cases was highest in Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi and West Virginia – with each state reporting more than 100 new cases for every 100,000 residents each day.
The number of new cases was lowest in Maryland, New Jersey, Kansas and New York – each reporting less than 25 new cases for every 100,000 inhabitants each day.