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What does the August data say about COVID-19?
How do you feel about recent trends in the COVID-19 pandemic?
By Eric Revell, Countable News
What’s the story?
- The rate of growth in new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and hospitalizations slowed in August, particularly in the Sun Belt states that experienced a relative surge earlier in the summer, but the number of COVID-19 related deaths increased from July.
- There were 1.4 million new known COVID-19 cases in August, which was a 23.9% decrease from the 1.9 million in July. Deaths increased 18.3% from 25,500 in July to 30,151 in August.
- New known cases declined in 31 states in August from the prior month, including in the states with the most cases recorded in July. Arizona went from 1,302 new cases per 100,000 people in July to 382 new cases per 100,000 people. Florida’s rate decreased by more than half from 1,480 new cases per 100,000 people to 713 per 100,000 people. This USAFacts chart shows the number of new known COVID-19 cases in each state by month:
- Although new cases declined across most of the country, deaths increased in 31 states from July to August. Texas had 4,188 deaths in July and 5,965 deaths in August, the most of any state in both months. COVID-19 deaths also increased in California from 3,143 deaths in July to 3,795 deaths in August. This USAFacts chart shows the number of COVID-19 deaths in each state by month:
- The estimated number of hospital beds across the country in use by COVID-19 patients declined from 67,155 hospital beds (or 9.9% of the U.S. total) on July 29th to 44,931 (or 6.5% of all hospital beds) by August 28th. This USAFacts chart shows the downward trend in hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in August:
- The USAFacts chart below shows the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in each state as of August, with Georgia (21.41%), Mississippi (14.9%), and Hawaii (14.85%) seeing the largest proportions of COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient hospital beds:
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