Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 18
This thread is posted weekly, and is intended as a place for more-casual discussion of the coronavirus and questions/updates that may not warrant their own dedicated topics. Tell us about what the situation is like where you live!
I haven't done a US update in a while. I'm going to cross-check against the CDC website and state websites since I have doubts about the Washington Post / John Hopkins numbers. (In particular how they handle backlogs.)
Cases in the US are up 20% in the last week to 11 per 100k. This puts things about where they were March 10. The low was March 29th.
The Washington Post has the District of Columbia highest in the country at 44/100k, up 204%. But the data is spotty so don't trust the percentages. It seems from the CDC data that they only report data 1-3 days a week, inconsistently, which is going to move a seven-day average up and down a lot. Meanwhile D.C. website reports cases weekly, and the last week they have is April 3. It seems up, though.
East Coast states are higher generally. New York State is at 30/100k, up 26%. California is at 9.6/100k, up 34% according to the Washington Post, but the state website has it at 6.5 per 100k, no increase, when using episode date instead of reported date.
Hospitalizations are flat nationally at 4.3 per 100k. This is the lowest since the pandemic began, slightly below what it was last June.
Deaths are down 17% to 476 per day (7 day average), about where they were last August.
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Atul Gawande on Twitter
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