As the US marks Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, the seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are more than six times what they were a year ago.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center showed a seven-day average of 119,725 cases as of Saturday (May 28). That figure held at 17,887 cases on May 28 of last year.
Despite the rising infection rate, COVID-related deaths were down from last year. The seven-day average of 470 deaths reported on Friday (May 27) marked a decrease from 637 on the same day last year.