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In months-long trend, COVID cases continuing to decline after brief plateau

Experts had warned of potential reversal following holidays

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Updated: March 6, 2021 - 3:55pm

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

Daily new COVID-19 cases in the United States have continued declining after a brief plateau following a sharp drop from the beginning of the year. 

Cases have declined steeply since early January, baffling scientists who are struggling to explain the unexpected drop in COVID activity, particularly after weeks of dire warnings from health officials about the potential for a post-holiday spike. 

That decline leveled out in late February, with daily average case numbers appearing to be on a slightly upward trajectory at one point, leading experts to warn that positive test results could be preparing to explode again. 

Yet cases appear to be dropping again, according to several data sources. The COVID Tracking Project indicates that daily average case numbers began slowly decreasing again around Feb. 27 and have continued on that downward trend over the past week. 

Likewise, the data website Worldometers also identifies average daily case numbers beginning a new decline at right around the same day. 

According to COVID Tracking, COVID-19 hospitalizations have continued on a seemingly unabated downward trajectory since early January, on Friday reaching levels not seen since late October.
 

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