The US continues to hasten its vaccinations as outbreaks occur in Michigan and other states
The daily coronavirus death toll in the US is at its lowest level in months as the country continues to accelerate vaccine delivery. At the same time, outbreaks in states like Michigan are fueling fears of another nationwide surge in Covid-19.
US Covid cases
About 63,280 new coronavirus cases are reported daily in the United States, according to a 7-day average of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The number of cases has been picking up again recently after falling sharply for months in January highs.
The growth of new cases is showing signs of plateauing after a small number of new cases reported for April 4, but many states did not report data on Easter Sunday. It will likely take a few days for the holiday weekend case to be reported and death numbers reported and collected. From this point on, the recent direction of the outbreak becomes clearer.
Michigan, where the average daily new cases are up 39% from a week ago, is now the country’s worst per capita outbreak. The state’s seven-day average of nearly 6,500 new cases per day is approaching the level of the winter surge, when the number of cases there peaked at 8,300 per day average.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Monday that he attributed the recent surge in Michigan and other states such as Minnesota and Massachusetts to multiple causes. The spread of virus variants, colder climates that make collecting outdoors more difficult, the reopening of schools and the increased mobility of residents all contribute to the spread, Gottlieb said.
However, he does not expect these factors to lead to a nationwide spike in new cases.
“I don’t think this will be the beginning of a real fourth wave,” said Gottlieb. “I think these will be regionalized outbreaks, and hopefully we’ll get beyond that as we vaccinate more.”
US Covid deaths
The daily Covid-19 death toll in the US is currently 797 based on a weekly average from Hopkins data. While this number is still increased, it is at its lowest level since the end of October 2020.
US vaccine shots administered
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a daily record of 4.1 million vaccine doses given on Saturday, and more than 3 million vaccine shots were reported for each of the past four days.
The 7-day average of shots fired in the US is currently just over 3 million doses per day.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
According to CDC data, more than 165 million doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the US.
Almost a third of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and 18.5% of Americans are fully vaccinated.
Of those 65 year olds and older, 75% received at least one dose and 55% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC employee and a member of the boards of directors of Pfizer, genetic testing startup Tempus, health technology company Aetion Inc., and biotech company Illumina. He is also co-chair of the Healthy Sail Panel for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean.