US COVID-19 cases jump amid increased Delta activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said today that America has two current truths to face concerning its ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On one hand, we have seen successes with cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” she said during a White House press briefing. “On the other…we are now starting to see new and concerning trends in cases.”
In the past week, the 7-day average of new daily cases jumped 11%, and hospitalizations increased 7%, with daily averages settling around 13,900 new cases per day, and 2,000 new hospital admissions per day, Walensky said.
Walensky said with the Delta variant now the dominant strain in the country, it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated. While the variant accounts for 51% of cases nationwide, in some parts of the Midwest and Upper Mountain states, CDC data shows Delta accounts for 80% of cases.
Moreover, in most of 173 counties in the United States with case rates greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days, vaccination rates are 40% or under, she said.
The United States reported 22,931 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 312 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker.