R&I NV — THE CHANGE IN TRAJECTORY COMES AFTER A WEEKS-LONG DECLINE IN NATIONAL CASES WAS SNAPPED.
After weeks of steady decline, coronavirus case numbers in the United States have officially begun to plateau. Unfortunately, the steep drop ended with national daily case numbers remaining quite high, with more than 76,000 cases reported on Feb. 27, according to The Washington Post. But recent data also shows that some states are seeing a worse reversal of fortune than others, with COVID numbers spiking significantly in many places once again. Read on to see which areas are seeing cases jump the most, and for more on what might be coming next in the pandemic, check out This Is When We Can Expect the Next COVID Surge, Experts Say.
According to The Post, national figures show that there were 143 new COVID cases over the past seven days per 100,000 people as of March 1. This represents a five percent increase from the previous week, with more than a dozen states seeing a double-digit percentage spike in their own respective new cases over the same time period.
“Things are tenuous. Now is not the time to relax restrictions,” Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters at a White House briefing on Feb. 26. “We may be done with the virus, but clearly, the virus is not done with us. We cannot get comfortable or give into a false sense of security that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.”