A daily record of 4.6 million vaccine doses was reported in the US on Saturday, followed by another 3.6 million vaccinations on Sunday. This brings the daily average of reported doses administered over the past week to 3.1 million.
At the same time, the country is reporting 70,000 new coronavirus infections per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the same increase as last summer when the average number of cases peaked at 67,000 in late July.
No state has more daily infections per capita than Michigan, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data. Daily case numbers and hospital stays are approaching the state’s previous highs and Covid-19 deaths soaring there.
US Covid cases
The US has reported an average of 70,000 new Covid-19 cases per day over the past week, Hopkins data shows. Although this number is well below the country’s winter peak of around 250,000 new cases per day, it corresponds to the number of cases reported during the country’s “second wave” in summer, which reached record highs at the time.
Michigan is seeing nearly 7,400 new cases a day, nearing the state’s record high of more than 8,300 a day set in December. On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged high schools to temporarily stop personal learning and urged residents to limit activities. The governor also urged schools to voluntarily suspend the sports games and not eat residents in person for two weeks to help slow the spread.
The death toll in Michigan is also rising. The state reports an average of 43 Covid deaths per day for the past week, up from 30 the week before.
According to Hopkins data, the average daily case number in 29 states has increased 5% or more in a week.
US Covid deaths
The U.S. has reported an average of 981 daily Covid-19 deaths over the past week, according to Hopkins data.
The recent U.S. trend in coronavirus deaths is masked by a release of approximately 1,800 Oklahoma deaths. These deaths are currently all reported for April 7, 2021, even though they occurred weeks or months earlier. The Oklahoma Department of Health announced that the state is currently transitioning to data reporting guidelines that meet the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is causing the surge.
Prior to this reporting anomaly, the daily US Covid death toll had declined from record levels in January.
US vaccine shots administered
CDC data shows a daily record of 4.6 million vaccine doses given on Saturday, and the US has fired an average of 3.1 million shots a day over the past week.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
More than a third of the US population has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, and more than a fifth are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.
Of those 65 year olds and older, 78% received at least one dose and 61% were fully vaccinated.