COVID-19 cases sharply decline through month of September

by mcardinal

Chris Lange, FISM News


The most recent CDC data shows showed that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. dropped 56% during the month of September, with the number of confirmed new cases falling from 190,759 Sept. 1 to 83,959 Sept. 27.  

The death rate remained fairly steady through the month with 1,837 deaths reported on Sept.1 and 1,487 deaths reported on Sept. 27. While the number seems high at first glance this accounts for only 3 people per 100,000 across the US.

In regard to total COVID number since the beginning of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reports that there have been 43,256,418 confirmed cases in the U.S., which corresponds to 13% having contracted the illness. The total number of deaths across the US has reached 693,482, which corresponds to .2% of the population.  

Globally, weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths have decreased 10% worldwide over the past week, according to The World Health Organization, with an estimated 3.3 million new infections and 55,000 deaths.

Oxford University data shows that, as of today, 44.9% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 6.2 billion doses administered at a rate of 26.02 per day. In the US around 65% of citizens are fully vaccinated with 53% having received at least one shot.

WHO first reported a substantial decrease in cases on Sept. 15, with all regions reporting more than a 15% reduction in deaths from the novel coronavirus. 

Researchers at the CDC-affiliated Scenario Modeling Hub predict that, by March of 2022, the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S. will drop to 100 per day, subject to the emergence of a new variant of the virus. In that scenario, however, researchers are still confident that deaths will have decreased significantly by early spring. The same group also predicts that the U.S. has reached the peak of the Delta variant and predicts that all indicators will improve.