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Giroir Urges Caution Despite Dip in New Cases

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August 21, 2020 -- Coronavirus trends are “going in the right direction” but it’s not time for the United States to ease restrictions, Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration physician overseeing US coronavirus testing, said during a telebriefing.

"This could turn around very quickly if we're not careful," Giroir said. "We saw that early on after Memorial Day and the couple weeks afterward that sort of started the current outbreak."

CNN reported that the number of new coronavirus cases reported in the US has been going down recently.

As of Wednesday, daily new cases reported over the last week averaged about 47,300, CNN said, citing Johns Hopkins University data. On July 22, the number was 67,317.

Another encouraging sign is a drop in test positivity rates across the nation.

As of early Thursday, the seven-day positivity rate was 6.3%, compared to 8.5% in mid-July, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The rate was about 4.5% in md-June.

But deaths are not going down. CNN reported that the United States’ seven-day average for daily COVID-19 deaths has been above 1,000 for 24 straight days as of Wednesday. On Wednesday, the US reported 1,356 deaths, The COVID Tracking Project said.

Florida recorded 117 deaths on Thursday and now has more than 10,000 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The other states to report that number of deaths are New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas. New York has reported around 32,000 deaths, the most of any state.

Overall, the United States has recorded more than 173,000 deaths and 5.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus -- the most of any nation.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on August 21, 2020

Sources

CNN. "New Covid-19 cases are declining across the US, official says, but that could quickly change if people aren't careful."

Covid Tracking Project.

Florida Department of Health. “Current Situation in Florida.”

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