Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a White House briefing Friday that Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing – particularly for younger people – while deaths are going down.
Yesterday, the CDC reported over 74,000 news cases, Walensky said.
“CDC’s most recent data show that the seven-day average of new cases is a little more than 64,000 per day, up about 2% from the prior seven-day period,” Walensky said. “Hospital admissions continue to also increase. The most recent seven-day average, about 5,300 admissions per day, is up about 7% from the previous seven day period.”
“Deaths have continued to decrease, more than 20% with a seven-day average now of 711,” she said.
Increases in cases and emergency room visits are being seen in younger adults, many of whom have not been vaccinated, Walensky said.
Those aged 18 to 25, 26 to 54, and 55 to 64 have increasing numbers of emergency department visits, she said, while people aged 65 and older have decreasing visits, “likely demonstrating the important impact of vaccination in protecting against disease requiring hospitalization.”
Walensky said that while those are national statistics, the trends are magnified in some areas of the country.