Coronavirus Report August 1: A Look at July

Coronavirus cases continue to rise
Coronavirus cases continue to rise

On July 1, there were 2,653,200 reported cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.  Today there are 4,570,200, an increase of 70 percent.  That means we have added 1,917,000 cases in the past month, an average of just under 62,000 per day.

Deaths climbed from 127,460 to 153,855, an increase of 26,395 or 21 percent.  This equates to an average of 851 per day.

The 7-day moving average for cases per day seems to be declining while the deaths remain over 1,000 and are still on an upward climb.  Because deaths lag cases, it will probably be another couple weeks before see that number slow. 

The big question is; what happens next?  Will we see a repeat of this peak as number steady and slow, only to grow again in the future?  That certainly seems possible.  COVID-19 hot spots seem to move across the country.  Maybe we’ll see it re-emerge in the Midwest or somewhere else.

State by State

In a remarkable turnabout, the number of states where COVID-19 cases are climbing has slowed to 25.  The New York Times tracking shows there are 21 states and protectorates where case growth is steady and eight where it is on a downward trajectory when viewed over the past 14 days.  This includes Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and Texas.

Just 11 days ago, on July 20, the had 41 states climbing and only two decreasing.

Global Growth

Globally, there were more than 7 million new cases reported in July, bringing the world-wide number to 17.619 million, up from 10.5 million.  Deaths climbed to 680,092 from 511,909, meaning there were 168,183 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past month.

Recently, the number of deaths in Mexico, which has a reported 424,637 cases, has climbed to 46,688.  Mexico now has the third highest number of COVID-19 deaths, behind the U.S. and Brazil, having pushed the UK into fourth with 42,204 deaths.