Florida and Texas lead US COVID-19 surge
Over the weekend, COVID-19 cases continued to surge across the country with Florida experiencing record daily highs of new cases and hospitalizations. The current surge of virus activity is due to the highly transmissible Delta (B1617.2) variant.
Yesterday the country reported 25,141 new COVID-19 cases, and 71 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. In total, America has confirmed 35,020,438 COVID-19 cases, including 613,254 deaths.
The 7-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases is 78,472, according to data from the Washington Post. New daily cases rose 54.2% over the past week, while deaths rose by 31.6% and hospitalizations by 42.2%.
The outbreak is concentrated in areas with low vaccination coverage. Today Jeff Zients, the head of the White House COVID-19 response said 1 in 3 cases nationwide occurred in Florida or Texas this week.
The 7-day average of new daily cases is now higher than the peak of last summer.
“While we desperately want to be done with the pandemic, COVID-19 is not done with us,” Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at a White House briefing. “Our battle must last longer. This is hard this is heavy, we are in this together.”