COVID-19 sends mixed messages. The United States is recording over 800,000 cases a day for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, and hospitalizations are also setting records.
But New York State registered only about 48,000 cases Friday, nearly a 47 percent drop from the previous week's case count, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday.
"We are turning the corner in terms of the winter wave, but we are not through this yet," the governor said in a statement.
Minnesota also saw declining intensive hospital admissions for COVID-19, and cases have dropped in Washington DC and other cities in the eastern half of the country.
But New York's declining trend is not a sign of the national COVID-19 portrait, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned on Sunday.
"The whole country is not moving at the same pace," he told CNN host Jake Tapper.
Oklahoma and Georgia both saw an increase of over 100% in weekly COVID-19 cases, a U.S. TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows, while Colorado saw a 90% increase.
"We should not expect a national summit in the next few days," he said. "The next emotional weeks are going to be tough."
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The United States has reported 850,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States had an average of 1,776 reported deaths a day over the past week.
The ►Biden administration will on Wednesday launch a website where Americans can order up to four free COVID-19 test kits per day. person.
►The American rep. David Trone from Maryland announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Trone said he has received a booster and is experiencing "only minor symptoms," according to The Washington Post.
►Navajo Nations President Jonathan Nez has signed a decree requiring all state employees in the tribe's huge reserve to receive a booster shot.
📈 Today's figures: The United States has registered more than 65 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 850,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: More than 326 million cases and over 5.5 million deaths. More than 208 million Americans - 62.9% - are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
📘 What we read: Omicron closes day care institutions in droves. Parents "just try to stay afloat." USA TODAY's Alia Wong explains.
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The United States now has an average of 800,000 new cases every day
The U.S. reports more than 800,000 cases a day for the first time, even despite signs that the U.S. omicron wave is slowing. The country reported 5.65 million cases in the week ending Saturday, according to a U.S. TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. The rapid acceleration of case reports continues despite the lack of tests. Yet over the past week, the country has reported more cases than it did in March, April, May and June 2021 - combined.
About 158,500 Americans were reported hospitalized Saturday. Hospitals in 46 states report increasing numbers of patients; 34 states report rising death rates.
- Mike Stucka
Nr. 1 ranked tennis player, Djokovic, leaves Australia after losing appeal
Novak Djokovic, the world's No. 1 ranked tennis player, flew out of Australia on Sunday after losing his appeal to avoid expulsion and play in the Australian Open. Australia's immigration minister, Alex Hawke, on Friday annulled Djokovic's visa, a decision upheld by an Australian court.
"I welcome today's unanimous decision by the full federal court in Australia upholding my decision to exercise my power under the Migration Act to cancel Mr Novak Djokovic's visa in the public interest," Hawke tweeted on Sunday. "I can confirm that Mr Djokovic has now left Australia."
Djokovic, 34, said he was "extremely disappointed" with the verdict, but respected it. He was scheduled to play on Monday, but will be replaced by a "lucky loser" from a qualifying tournament. The Serb has won a record nine Australian Open titles, three of them in a row. An expulsion order usually includes a three-year ban on returning to Australia, which puts any attempt to play the tournament in the future in doubt.
Djokovic was initially granted a dispensation to enter the country despite being unvaccinated. But the waiver quickly received an angry response from many Australians.
Health insurance companies must cover tests according to new rules
A federal rule requiring health insurers to cover home tests came into force Saturday, one of a series of recent measures aimed at curbing cases in the United States amid a record-breaking wave of COVID-19 infections.
The wave showed signs of peaking last week, but most states are still reporting rising incidents within the past seven days.
Federal agencies have also moved toward recommending higher-quality masks, and the Biden administration is poised to launch a website where Americans can order free COVID-19 test kits.
Starring: Associated Press