[Ed. – The good news and the bad news]
U.S. hospitalizations for COVID-19 are averaging over 31,000, a whopping 45% increase over the prior reporting week but still far below the pandemic peak in early January.
The nation as a whole is also seeing over 300 deaths per day from the disease, on average — a sharp increase from roughly 170 earlier this month but far below the 2,000 daily deaths in spring 2020 and 3,000 at the winter apex.
The upshot is a mix of good and bad news as President Biden, governors and mayors try to reel in a delta variant that is making a national July 4 victory lap against the pandemic seem premature.
Metrics remain below the nightmare levels the U.S. saw prior to the vaccine rollout, but they are worsening fast in pockets of the country, raising fears about what’s around the corner. …