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Covid Cases Drop Most in U.S. West, But Relief May Be Brief

A healthcare worker prepares to move a patient at the Covid-19 ICU of a hospital in Salinas, Calif. on Jan. 26. 

A healthcare worker prepares to move a patient at the Covid-19 ICU of a hospital in Salinas, Calif. on Jan. 26. 

Photographer: Nic Coury/Bloomberg
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In the span of two weeks, states in the U.S. West pushed down coronavirus case averages by 43%, outstripping the decline in other regions, which all have seen numbers retreat from peaks this month.

Almost every state in the West reported cases falling or flat Tuesday, and every region in the country has seen its seven-day average drop at least 20% since Jan. 12, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.