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    The U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 700,000 Friday night, though the latest surge continues to subside.

    About 1,500 new deaths are reported each day on average in the U.S. The country’s daily case average has dropped to just under 106,000 cases a day, down by about 33% in the last month, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

    However, that number is still significantly higher than it was three months ago.

    There have been over 43 million coronavirus cases in the U.S., which means 1 in approximately every 7 Americans has tested positive, and 1 in every 469 Americans has lost their life to the virus.

    Some states — like Alaska and West Virginia — are experiencing record-breaking surges, while other states — including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Texas — have an intensive care unit capacity of about 10% or less.

    In other states — Maine, Minnesota and New Hampshire — infection rates continue to rise.

    About 97% of counties across the country are reporting “high” or “substantial” community transmission, as the country nears the grim milestone of 700,000 deaths.

    -ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos

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