Coronavirus hospitalizations in the U.S. have declined for 10 days in a row, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, in one of the longest stretches of sustained decline throughout the pandemic even as numbers continue to remain alarmingly high.

Hospitalizations remain alarmingly high, but there are fewer every day.

Key Facts

There are now 116,264 hospitalized for Covid in the U.S., according to the latest COVID Tracking Project update.

Between Thursday and Friday, hospitalizations in the U.S. declined by more than 3,500—by far the largest single decline over the course of a day.

But the amount hospitalized is still extremely high—nearly twice that of the height of hospitalizations during the peaks of both the spring and summer spikes in 2020.

The hospitalization decline comes as cases have generally dropped during January.

Deaths, which lag behind increases in other metrics, remain near record levels.

There were 3,955 Covid deaths added on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

What To Watch For

President Joe Biden has warned “things are going to get worse before they get better,” as a much more contagious Covid strain, first discovered in the U.K., is now spreading around the United States.  

Big Number

19.8 million. That’s how many Covid vaccine shots have been administered in the U.S., according to a Bloomberg tracker. Vaccines have largely been prioritized for frontline essential workers and those with the highest risk of complications from a Covid infection.

Key Background

The U.S. appears to be coming off the peak of the third and most devastating Covid surge during the pandemic. New cases, hospitalizations and deaths had all quickly climbed from mid-October up until recently, with hospitalizations spiking from less than 30,000 in the fall to a peak of 132,474 on Jan. 6. The last time hospitalizations had declined for 10 days or more was a 12-day stretch from Aug. 6-Aug. 17.

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