Newly reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose slightly, while vaccination efforts made further gains, with 30% of the country’s population now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The U.S. reported 58,199 new cases for Thursday, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Thursday’s figure was up from Wednesday’s total of 55,125, but marked the sixth consecutive day of new cases below the 60,000 mark. Not all states report data on new cases daily.
The seven-day moving average, which helps smooth out states’ irregular reporting schedules, was 51,385 as of Thursday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data, while the 14-day average was 56,671. When the seven-day average is lower than the 14-day average, as it has been since April 17, it indicates cases are falling.
Hospitalizations remain above 40,000, with the latest data posted by the Department of Health and Human Services showing 43,049 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the U.S.
The country reported 854 Covid-19 fatalities for Thursday, bringing the total death toll to nearly 575,200, according to Johns Hopkins data.
Vaccination efforts continued to make progress. The U.S. administered an average of 2.6 million doses a day over the past week, a slightly slower pace than in recent days. Even so, 30% of the total population of the U.S. is now fully vaccinated, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Levels are higher among the elderly, with 68.4% of people age 65 or older fully vaccinated.
Vaccination levels vary by state. In Maine, 38.5% of residents have been fully vaccinated and 54.1% have received at least one dose, according to CDC data. In Alabama, 22.9% of the total population is fully vaccinated and 32.2% of residents have received at least one shot.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that businesses will fully reopen starting July 1. Restaurants, stores, movie theaters, event venues and other businesses will be allowed to operate at full capacity by that date, the mayor said in an interview on MSNBC, crediting the city’s vaccination efforts as the reason for the removal of restrictions. Later on Thursday, the mayor said he hadn’t discussed the city’s reopening plan with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has set and overseen most Covid-19 restrictions in the state. Mr. de Blasio said he made the decision about the July 1 date after consulting city health officials.