Several states report spikes in COVID-19 cases
Across the country, all but two states—Maine and South Dakota—are reporting increasing COVID-19 case counts as the Delta variant (B1617.2) causes a wave of summer activity.
Yesterday, the country reported 41,278 new cases and 825 deaths. The 7-day average of new daily US COVID-19 cases is 25,661, with 19,700 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 330 deaths, according to the New York Times tracker. Just 2 weeks ago, the 7-day average of new cases was only 12,600.
Compared with previous case surges, current case activity is defined by communities with high or low vaccination rates. The states that have become the biggest hot spots, neighboring Missouri and Arkansas, have some of the nation’s lowest vaccination rates.
In Missouri, the 7-day average of new daily cases is nearly 1,400, up more than 150% from a month ago, according to NPR. In Arkansas, new cases are up 287%.
County health department report that deaths in those states are occurring in unvaccinated residents. In at least 20 counties in southern Missouri, fewer than a 25% of residents are vaccinated.
And health officials in St. Louis County are urging residents to wear masks in indoor public settings and at large outdoor gatherings when distancing is not possible, regardless of their vaccination status, according to Fox News.