Daily New U.S. COVID-19 Cases Dip Below 100,000, Health Officials Say It's 'Too Soon' To Ease Restrictions

Headline Roundup February 14th, 2021

The daily average number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. fell below 100,000 for the first time in months as vaccine rollouts progress, but experts cautioned Sunday that infections are still high and restrictions must remain in place. For the majority of December, the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 infections was 200,000, and rose to approximately 250,000 in January, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Friday and Saturday, the average was below 100,000 for the first time since early November. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urged Americans Sunday to keep their guard up, as the rate is still "around 1,500 to 3,500 deaths per day, which is more than two-and-a-half-fold times what we saw over the summer."

The story received wide coverage from across the political spectrum. Center- and right-rated outlets tended to focus on the dip in numbers; some left-rated outlets highlighted Walensky's urge for caution.

From the Right
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Vaccine distribution is ramping up across the country and COVID infection rates are already dropping significantly.

The doctor leading the charge in the U.S. fight against the virus says things will only improve as more vaccines are available in the coming weeks.

"Even though there's a clear, clear discrepancy between the demand and the supply, that will get better as we get through February and into March," says Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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From the Center
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Average daily new coronavirus cases in the United States dipped below 100,000 in recent days for the first time in months, but experts cautioned Sunday that infections remain high and precautions to slow the pandemic must remain in place.

The seven-day rolling average of new infections was well above 200,000 for much of December and went to roughly 250,000 in January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University, as the pandemic came roaring back after it had been tamed in some places over the summer.

That average dropped below...

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From the Left
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Hold on to that mask — it’s way too soon to ease mandates requiring face coverings, the new head of the CDC said Sunday.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky noted the country is still seeing about 100,000 new COVID cases per day and up to 3,500 daily deaths.

“The cases are more than two-and-a-half-fold times what we saw over the summer,” Walensky told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It’s encouraging to see these trends coming down, but they’re coming down from an extraordinarily high place.”...

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