A CSULB student receives a first dosage of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine during a City of Long Beach Public Health Covid-19 mobile vaccination center at the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) campus on August 11, 2021 in Long Beach, California.Patrick T. Fallon
Getty ImagesCovid-19 case counts in the U.S. are revealing signs of relieving off their most current highs however stay elevated as the nation heads into the fall season and chillier weather.The seven-day average of everyday Covid cases is about 144,300 as of Sept. 12, according to information compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The pace of new cases fell after Labor Day 2020 before surging to a record high of 251,000 cases per day in January. With the school year just starting in the Northeast, it could be weeks before any prospective classroom-related outbreaks are visible.The rate of new infections is now falling in some of the states that saw the earliest impact of the delta version this past summer.In Missouri– which saw a rise in cases starting in early July– cases are down 10% over the previous week to an average of about 2,100 per day, a 29% drop from the latest peak in early August. Infection levels are down even in Florida, where health centers have been overrun this summer as the state has sustained one of the worst outbreaks in the U.S. Florida, which stopped reporting daily case numbers in May, said it had 100,249 brand-new infections over the seven-day period ending Friday, compared with 129,202 the prior week and 151,760 the week prior to that. Tennessee reported an average of more than 7,600 cases per day over the previous week, according to Hopkins, compared to a pandemic high of 9,627 in December.Still, infectious illness professionals say the nation would be in much worse shape without access to Covid vaccines.