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First, the good news: In 24 states, the number of new coronavirus cases decreased this past week compared to the previous week.
Now, the bad news: In many of those same states, testing has also decreased. And the overall number of daily new cases is still way too high as the US faces a trio of major challenges this fall.
“The fall is really not going to look very good,” epidemiologist Dr. Celine Gounder said.
On Sunday, 34,450 new cases were reported nationwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s better than the last two weeks in July, when the US had more than 60,000 new cases every day.
But nationwide, testing is down 10% this past week compared to the previous week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.
And of the confirmed cases we do know about, 34,450 is still an enormous number, health experts said Monday.
“We never really got the cases down. Remember, we’re talking about 35,000 cases a day. Today, we’re likely to hit over 40,000 cases a day,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
“Back in April … we had 22,000 cases a day and thought, ‘ …
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