Coronavirus tally: Hospitalizations, positivity rate for tests climb again to multi-month highs


The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases remained mostly steady and deaths declined, but hospitalizations and the positivity rate for COVID tests keep on climbing to multi-month highs. The daily average for new cases was 107,811 on Thursday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 8% from two weeks ago but still in the middle of a relatively narrow range that has lasted four the past couple months. The number of new cases reported may be especially low this week due to delays caused by the Fourth of July holiday, the New York Times reported. Meanwhile, the daily average for hospitalizations rose to 35,651 on Thursday, up 15% in two weeks and the highest number since March 18. And the positivity rate on COVID tests increased to 18%, the highest since Feb. 1. On the bright side, the daily average for deaths has fallen 2% from two weeks ago to 321.

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