New cases and deaths in US have decreased substantially, FEMA memo says

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    FLORIDA, USA - JULY 24: General view of a mobile COVID-19 testing facility, in Miami Beach, Florida, United States on July 24, 2020. (Photo by MARCO BELLO/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

    The numbers of new COVID-19 cases and new deaths in the United States have both decreased by substantial amounts in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Monday night.

    Just five U.S. states and territories are currently in an upward trajectory of new cases, while five states are at a plateau and 46 states are going down, the memo said.

    There were 300,366 new cases confirmed during the period of Aug. 17-23, a 16.2% decrease from the previous seven-day period. There were also 6,873 new deaths recorded Aug. 17-23, an 8.5% decrease from the previous week, according to the memo.

    Meanwhile, the national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests ticked downward slightly from 6.4% to 5.5%, the memo said.

    PHOTO: Students wearing masks enter Lewis and Clark Middle School for the first day of classes as a school resource officer looks on in Billings, Montana, on Aug. 24, 2020.
    Matthew Brown/APMatthew Brown/APStudents wearing masks enter Lewis and Clark Middle School for the first day of classes as a school resource officer looks on in Billings, Montana, on Aug. 24, 2020. Public school districts statewide are offeri…Read MoreStudents wearing masks enter Lewis and Clark Middle School for the first day of classes as a school resource officer looks on in Billings, Montana, on Aug. 24, 2020. Public school districts statewide are offering at least some level of in-person instruction, ranging from full-time to a mix of online and classroom learning.

    Oregon appears to be coming down from a peak with a 7% decrease in infections, a 19.5% decrease in hospitalizations and a 20% reduction in deaths for the week ending on Aug. 16, compared to the previous week, according to the memo.

    Idaho has seen an 8.5% decrease in the seven-day case rate since Aug. 18, but a 12.2% increase in the seven-day death rate, the memo said.

    In Montana, the Native American community makes up 7% of the state’s population but accounts for 18% of cases statewide and 34% of deaths, according to the memo.

    ABC

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