Here's How Much Daily COVID-19 Cases Have Fallen Since Their Delta Peak

At the beginning of the month, we received the good news that the number of COVID-19 cases was decreasing. Now, as the month draws to a close, the decline shows no signs of slowing down. October 26 brought roughly 77,000 new reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States, compared to a Delta peak of more than 192,000 on September 4, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a drop of nearly 60%. Daily deaths have also been falling, with 1,612 people dying of COVID-19 on October 26, compared to 2,304 on September 15.

According to New York Times data, this decline is present in every region of the United States, but there are still some outbreaks in certain areas of the country, as has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic. It is also important to note that while COVID-19 cases are dropping rapidly, nationwide community transmission is still considered "high" by the CDC.

What is in store for the future?

We really don't know what the future holds when it comes to COVID-19. Many people worry that cases may increase as more people head indoors when temperatures start to drop. Indeed, a number of COVID-19 hot spots are in northern parts of the country that have recently been experiencing cooler weather. However, the New York Times notes that cases are still falling in most cold regions in Canada and the United States, and that the biggest problem in most COVID-19 hot spots is not necessarily the weather, but low vaccination rates.

While nobody knows for sure what the next few months will bring when it comes to COVID-19, projections reported by the CDC estimate that COVID-19 cases will continue to decline over the next few weeks. However, these projections assume that Americans don't lower their guard when it comes to COVID-19 protective measures.