COVID-19 cases in United States appear to plateau

New coronavirus cases across the United States now appear to be plateauing after a rapid decline last month as some Midwestern states start to experience rising infections. 

The country, which has now surpassed 6 million infections, has been averaging about 41,000 new COVID-19 cases per day for the past week. 

It comes after infections started rapidly declining in late July when daily cases peaked at an average of more than 66,600 after surging in states across the Sunbelt.

Cases experienced another steep decline in mid-August before showing signs of a plateau last week.

Still, new infections are the lowest they have been since late June and have been declining nationally for six straight weeks now. 

Deaths have slowly been declining and are currently averaging at 914 fatalities per day. More than 183,500 Americans have now died from COVID-19. 

The US has been averaging about 41,000 new COVID-19 cases per day for the past week. It comes after infections started rapidly declining in late July when daily cases peaked at an average of more than 66,600 after surging in states across the Sunbelt

The US has been averaging about 41,000 new COVID-19 cases per day for the past week. It comes after infections started rapidly declining in late July when daily cases peaked at an average of more than 66,600 after surging in states across the Sunbelt

New infections are the lowest they have been since late June and have been declining nationally for six straight weeks now. In the last week, several Midwestern states including South Dakota and Iowa have seen an uptick in cases

New infections are the lowest they have been since late June and have been declining nationally for six straight weeks now. In the last week, several Midwestern states including South Dakota and Iowa have seen an uptick in cases

Deaths, which had been plateauing nationally for about three weeks before dropping, are a lagging indicator and can potentially rise several weeks after new cases start to decline.

While still high, the current daily death rate in the US remains below levels seen in April when an average of 2,000 people were dying per day from COVID-19. 

In the last week, several Midwestern states have seen an uptick in cases - some of which have been linked to the reopening of colleges and others stemming from South Dakota's annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, according to a weekly Reuters analysis of COVID-19 data. 

Iowa leads the nation with cases rising by more than 8,000, or 116 percent, in the week ending August 30. 

At the same time, positive test rates in Iowa shot up to 24 percent from 13 percent the prior week. 

Many of the new cases in Iowa are in the counties that are home to the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, which are holding some in-person classes.  

Colleges and universities around the country have seen outbreaks after students returned to campus, which has forced some of them to switch to online-only learning. 

Iowa reported a record single day spike of more than 1,500 cases last Thursday. 

In South Dakota, cases increased by 2,000, or 104 percent, in the last week. The state drew more than 365,000 to the annual

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