An updated report from Johns Hopkins shows that positive tests for COVID-19 have fallen to a new low since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
Early in the pandemic, in April 2020, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests across the U.S. was nearly 23 percent, meaning that for the total number of tests taken, 23 percent came back as positive for the virus.
This month, that same number is 3.4 percent.
The change comes as more people continue to get the COVID-19 vaccine. According to Johns Hopkins, California leads in the number of people fully vaccinated in the state, with close to 13 million people reported.
Texas is just behind with about 8 million fully vaccinated Texans, and New York with nearly 7 million.
Connecticut, however, leads with 41 percent of its total state population being fully vaccinated.
The states with the lowest number of fully vaccinated people are Vermont, D.C, and Wyoming. Wyoming currently has the fewest number of fully vaccinated people with about 158,000 people fully vaccinated.
President Joe Biden had promised 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days in office. The U.S. surpassed administering 200 million vaccines by day 92 of Biden’s first 100 days.
“We’ve turned a corner,” said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers. “We’re just getting vaccine[s] out, day in and day out, and we’re making progress.”
Each state is responsible for its own vaccine rollout, although the federal government is working on getting more vaccines to pharmacies and health centers across the country.
Experts have said that 70 percent to 85 percent of the country needs to be immune to the coronavirus to achieve herd immunity and effectively stop the spread of COVID-19.
It’s still unclear if people who have recovered from the illness have some level of protection against reinfection, and just how long that protection lasts.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.