US daily COVID-19 cases drop below 40k for the first time since June

The average number of daily COVID-19 cases in the United States has dropped below 40,000 for the first time since June as deaths continue to decline to just over 700 per day. 

New coronavirus cases, which have topped 6.3 million, were averaging at just over 37,600 per day on Tuesday - a toll not seen since the last week of June. 

Deaths from COVID-19, which have more than doubled over the summer, are now nearing 190,000. 

The average number of deaths per day is currently at 720, which is well below the peak 2,000 fatalities per day back in April. 

Infections and deaths have been trending downwards nationally for several weeks following the summer surge across the Sunbelt states. 

New coronavirus cases, which have topped 6.3 million, were averaging at just over 37,600 per day on Tuesday - a toll not seen since the last week of June

New coronavirus cases, which have topped 6.3 million, were averaging at just over 37,600 per day on Tuesday - a toll not seen since the last week of June

Deaths from COVID-19, which have more than doubled over the summer, are now nearing 190,000. The average number of deaths per day is currently at 720, which is down from the peak 2,000 fatalities per day back in April

Deaths from COVID-19, which have more than doubled over the summer, are now nearing 190,000. The average number of deaths per day is currently at 720, which is down from the peak 2,000 fatalities per day back in April

While a recent spike in new cases in the Midwest saw states like Iowa and South Dakota emerge as new hotspots in the past few weeks, the increases are masked nationwide by decreasing infections in the most populous states of California, Florida and Texas.  

In the last two weeks, Iowa and South Dakota collectively reported more than 17,500 new infections. In comparison, California recorded over 69,700 new cases in the same period. 

Iowa and South Dakota, which are among the states with the highest rates of infection in the nation, are now seeing infections decline after rapidly rising last month. 

Health officials have linked the surge in Iowa to colleges reopening across the state, while the spike in South Dakota has been tied to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last month that drew in tens of thousands of people from across the country. 

Those two states are among the 25 that have seen infections decline in the last week compared to the previous seven days. 

Nine states have seen upticks of less than 10 percent, which means they are holding steady in terms of the number of new cases. 

The southern states of Texas, Mississippi and Alabama - which all saw summer surges - continued to see declines in the last week.  

Despite infections trending downwards across the country, 17 states - mostly in the Midwest and Northeast - have seen an uptick in cases over the last two weeks. There has been an uptick in cases in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Missouri in the last two weeks where between 10 percent and 18 percent of people tested had COVID-19. In the Northeast, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York were among the states to report a recent increase in cases

Despite infections trending downwards across the country, 17 states - mostly in the Midwest and Northeast - have seen an uptick in cases over the last two weeks. There has been an uptick in cases in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Missouri in the last two weeks where between 10 percent and 18 percent of people tested had COVID-19. In the Northeast, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York were among the states to report a recent increase in cases

Seventeen states - mostly in the Midwest and Northeast - have seen a slight uptick in cases over the last two weeks.  

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