757 covid deaths in US over 24 period. Thats more than the roughly 300 last Saturday (holiday), and 500 two Saturdays ago. Also nearly a 10% positive test rate today.
I look at Worldometers, which despite some intrusive ads is convenient, well laid-out, and sortable. They update constantly, directly from national and state sources, and end the day at midnight GMT - so the daily numbers are pretty much always a little different than other sources. I understand those who use Johns Hopkins (CNN does, for one) - and in fact Johns Hopkins gets data from Worldometers - but we should just recognize that people are going to cite different numbers from day to day.
Fwiw, Worldometers lists Saturday's new confirmed deaths at 722.
I'm not tracking national test positivity %, and I was surprised that it was as high as you cite; but on reflection it makes sense. The three most populous states have positivity %s of:
California 8.0% (a new high);
Florida 19.6% (tying their high); and
Texas 16.4% (a new high)
...as of last night.
In many ways the epidemic in the United States is really a lot of separate state or county epidemics. (Florida STILL does not have a state-wide mask mandate!) But that 10% figure that you cite for the nation is a clear signal that national action is required. 10% is a red line for epidemiologists - that's an out-of-control epidemic.
The first failure of national leadership, in January, February, and March, led to economic shutdowns. That did not have to be, and reducing people's income and bankrupting a lot of small businesses was the unfortunate cost of that failure. What is so inexplicable to me is that we have now had a second failure
, whose economic cost will be significantly greater than the first.
New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and the New England states, at least, appear to have learned the lessons of the first failure. Most of the rest of the country, alas, will have to take the test over again. And this is one test that you can't pay someone else to take for you.