Shortcut to the full report for Saturday:
The USA’s national indicators are still looking much better than they were before this week:
- New cases are down about 8% from last Saturday. That is the fourteenth consecutive day of declines, and the 17th decline in the past 20 days.
- Fatalities are also down, about 13% less than last Saturday. That’s the fifth decline in the past six days.
- The first decline in new cases began twenty days ago, and the first decline in new deaths began six days ago, precisely 14 days later.
- Hospitalizations dropped again, and are at the lowest point since July 9.
It is important to note that these current declines are not happening because we ARE doing so well, but because we WERE doing do poorly. Even after that short-term improvement, the USA is still one of only four countries in the world in the red zone for both its new case rate and its new death rate. The four countries are Peru, Colombia, Brazil and the USA. This is not a list we want to be on. We have to do better.
There is also a major negative to consider, America’s testing rate. Positive tests are now more than 8% of all results. Ten states in the USA were above 12% on Saturday.
Note further than five states in the USA are in deep trouble because ALL of the following are true: (1) their new cases rate is higher than any country in the world; (2) their new fatality rate is higher than any country in the world; (3) their rate of positive tests is above 12%. Those states are Mississippi, Florida, Nevada, Georgia and South Carolina.