Some experts see signs of hope as COVID cases fall

By the numbers: The U.S. is now averaging roughly 134,000 new cases per day — a 10% drop over the past two weeks.

The pace of new infections, relative to each state’s population, is getting worse in 27 states and improving in 23. Tennessee has seen the biggest drop in new cases over the past two weeks, while Montana has seen the biggest spike.

Yes, but: Deaths have increased by about 33% over the past two weeks, to an average of about 2,000 per day.

Deaths are a lagging indicator — the last number to go up when a new wave begins, and the last to go down when that wave is receding.