Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, testifies during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing entitled Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response in the Dirksen building on Thursday, November 4, 2021.
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Covid-19 cases are starting to rise again in select regions in the US after stabilizing at high levels after the delta surge this summer, said Dr. White House chief physician Anthony Fauci on Monday.
Fauci’s comments came just one day after the country reported a seven-day average of more than 82,000 new cases, 11% more than the week before, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Nationwide cases fell 57% last week from the peak of the Delta Wave this summer, but an influx of Covid patients in the Midwest and Northeast is driving the sudden surge.
“The only thing that is a little worrying is that we are starting to plateau,” Fauci said during an interview hosted by the bipartisan Policy Center. “In other words, the slowdown in the falls has now stabilized and we are seeing a slight upward trend in some areas of the country.”
Infections have been on the decline for weeks after hitting a delta wave high of 172,500 new cases per day on Sept. 13 last week and are now on the rise again.
According to Hopkins data, the average daily cases in the Midwest and Northeast rose 19% and 37%, respectively, over the past week. Hospital stays that lag behind a spike in infections have increased 11% in the Midwest over the same period, while the number of patients currently hospitalized with Covid is unchanged in the Northeast.
Cases and hospital admissions have fallen sharply in the south, where the delta wave hit the earliest and strongest in summer.
There are currently around 47,000 hospitalized patients with the virus nationwide, according to a seven-day average of health department data, and the US reports an average of around 1,150 Covid deaths per day, according to Hopkins data. Both numbers are flat for the past week.