Delta Wave Subsides: U.S. Infections And Hospitalizations Down At Least 50% From September Peak

The wave of Covid-19 in the U.S. fueled by the hyper infectious delta variant continues to subside, with new infections and hospitalizations down dramatically from their peaks in September—though many states are still battling severe crises with the winter season fast approaching.

There are now an average of 70,291 new cases each day in the U.S., a 60% decrease from the peak 7-day average of 175,822 reached September 13, according to data compiled by The New York Times. 

Hospitalizations have also dropped with similar speed from just over 103,000 admitted daily as of September 4 to an average of 53,222 daily hospitalizations, boosted by a 19% drop in the past two weeks alone.

The states whose healthcare systems were most overwhelmed during the delta wave—including Georgia, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama—have all seen significant improvements in recent weeks.

These states all had at least 45% of their ICU beds filled by Covid-19 patients in mid-September (Alabama’s overall ICU capacity was over 100%), but now all have less than a quarter of their ICU beds occupied by infected people, data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows.

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