Now, the bad news: in many of those same states, testing has also dropped. And the overall number of new cases per day is still too high as the US faces a trio of major challenges this fall.
“Fall is not really going to be very beautiful,” said epidemiologist Dr Celine Gounder.
On Sunday, 34,450 new cases were reported nationwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It’s better than the last two weeks of July, when the United States had more than 60,000 new cases every day.
But nationwide, testing dropped 10% last week from the previous week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.
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“We’ve never really filed cases. Remember, we’re talking about 35,000 cases a day. Today, we’re likely to get to more than 40,000 cases a day,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the ‘University of Minnesota.
“In April … we had 22,000 cases a day and we thought,” My God, it can’t get any worse. “And what’s going on here is we’re going to see this kind of up and down, up and down. But every time it goes up, it goes a little higher. Every time it goes down, it doesn’t go all the way. ”
3 big challenges this fall
Epidemiologists say the US needs to keep the virus in check because the US will soon face several challenges at once:
“You’re going to have all these patients walking into hospitals and medical offices with symptoms that could be the coronavirus, which could be the flu,” Gounder said.
“And we will have to treat them all as if they have the coronavirus. So this is a very dangerous and scary situation to be in.”
Academic struggles: While millions of students grapple with online learning, many schools that have brought students back to class are suffering from epidemics.
Athens-Clarke County, Georgia – home to the University of Georgia – experienced a “dramatic spike” in cases after keeping low case and death tolls all summer, Mayor Kelly Girtz said.
“Clearly, it’s the return to campus of a large number of students who aren’t here over the summer,” the mayor said.
Michigan State University students were asked to quarantine after the local health department reported 342 new cases among people affiliated with the university since Aug.24, East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens said.
Good news on the vaccine front
While health experts point out that a Covid-19 vaccine may not be available to the public until 2021, there are promising signs among many of the vaccines currently in phase 3.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CBS “Face the Nation” that there was a “good chance” that researchers would know by the end of October whether his experimental vaccine works.
“Then, of course, it’s up to the regulator to issue (a) license or not,” Bourla said.
“I think we should strive to have as diverse a population as possible,” Bourla told CBS, stressing the importance of having a diverse group of volunteers given the greater impact Covid-19 has had on communities of color.
“At the moment we are not bad. In fact, we have a population that globally is only 60% of the Caucasian race, about 40%, minorities.”
Moderna, who is also in phase 3 testing for its vaccine, said its minority enrollment has also improved. About 59% of the participants are white, 22% are Hispanic, 11% are black, 5% are Asian and 3% are from other populations.
CNN’s Dakin Andone, Lauren Mascarenhas, Naomi Thomas, Maggie Fox and John Bonifield contributed to this report.