The rate of new positive tests for coronavirus in the United States has slowed this week, including in some of the hotspots that caused concern among health officials.
According to Axios, the rate of new cases over the last month increased by 20% every week. This week, however, that figure is at 7%.
Data from The COVID Tracking Project shows that the rate of new cases in Arizona, which saw a surge in recent weeks, is down 11% over the last week. In West Virginia, that number is at 12%, and New Jersey has seen a 34% decrease.
Several other states that experienced high numbers of new cases in recent weeks — California, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, and North and South Carolina, among others — have seen no change in the rate of new cases over the last seven days.
The reason behind the changes is not clear.
On Wednesday, the U.S. saw nearly 72,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. The case count started ticking up in mid-June, and, since July 8, has been above 60,000 every day except for July 12, when the figure was 58,621.
Last week, hospitals were ordered to begin sending coronavirus data to the Department of Health and Human Services instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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