Here is the complete COVID report for Wednesday.
The global numbers show continuing progress. Cases are down 8% from last Wednesday and fatalities are down in the non-USA portion of the world.
There is a bit of good news in the USA. According to the 14-day trends assembled by the NY Times, new cases are down 8% and hospitalizations are down 4%.
Unfortunately, American fatalities are completely out of control – up 37%. In the last two days, the COVID fatality count has exceeded 2,500. That is the first time since February that two consecutive days have passed that mark.
Four US states are in the “worse than the third world” list, which means that both their fatality rate per capita and their rate of new cases per capita are higher than the worst country in the world on each of those lists. That means they have higher death rates than Malaysia AND higher case rates than Serbia. Beating every country in both criteria is almost impossible to achieve because many of those countries treat viral diseases with incense and colorful face masks, and yet they have done it. The four states are Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Montana.
One US state miraculously managed to avoid any of the red zones (cases, fatalities, testing percentage), so three cheers for Connecticut.