US and California COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 cases continue to fluctuate throughout the state and country. As of Monday, Sep. 6, California was the leading state in cases, with approximately 732,144 cases, with Florida second at 639,166 cases. Despite California having the highest number of cases in the country, the trend in cases over the past fourteen days shows a hopeful and promising flattening, according to Apple News

 

Cases in Los Angeles and Orange County have shown decreasing cases over the past two weeks. As these counties are the most populated in the state, patterns can provide insight on how effective containment measures are across the state. What this means for California is that as counties are tentatively removed from the watchlist, nonessential businesses such as malls and salons can begin reopening after their second closures. In some counties such as Orange and Los Angeles, school reopenings have been scheduled if the cases continue to trend downward. 

 

The trend in cases overall in the United States has been decreasing from the peak, which occurred on July 24, 2020. According to the CDC, the peak day reported over 74,818 new cases that day. The average number of new cases reported per day in the summer was approximately 70,000 new cases per day, which has decreased to 40,000 new cases per day, though this number may go up again as a result of large gatherings during Labor Day weekend. It is also important to keep in mind that the oncoming flu season has doctors worried that virus transmission will increase in colder months. According to Apple News, if cases hold steady or decrease, Americans can tentatively begin the return to schools and the workplace, which is a step towards life as it was pre-pandemic. 

 

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