U.S. Covid-19 Cases Top 7-Day Average Of 100,000 For First Time Since February

The seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases rose above 100,000 Saturday for the first time since February 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with multiple subvariants of omicron accounting for nearly all new cases.

The seven-day average of new cases hit 101,029, according to the CDC, up 42% from two weeks ago, when local health authorities reported an average of 71,099 new cases.

New cases doubled in at least 7 states and Washington, D.C., in the past two weeks, including Mississippi, which had a 157% increase in cases.

The CDC warned of high levels of community transmission in several counties in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with the seven-day average reaching 3,250 for the week ending May 17, up 24% from the week prior, according to the CDC.

The seven-day average of deaths is at 279, the lowest level since July 16.

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