COVID-19 cases and deaths have fallen over the last week in the US as the White House unveiled a bold new effort to increase vaccine confidence Friday — recruiting social media influencers like Mark Cuban and Eva Longoria to spread awareness.
The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases plunged 10 percent this week to 62,596 infections per day, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing Friday.
Deaths have also fallen about 3.7 percent over the week — with the seven-day average for fatalities dropping to 691 deaths per day compared to 717 recorded the week prior.
Walenksy said the numbers represent a “hopeful trend” and the data is going “in the right direction” — even amid a slight 1.6 percent uptick in hospitalizations.
A woman receives a COVID-19 shot in Miami, Florida, as cases nationwide drop.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Still, the country’s surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, expressed the need to