COVID-19 cases reach new daily highs across US
The 7-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases is now 160,506, the highest it’s been since Jan 25, according to the according to the Washington Post tracker. Despite three authorized vaccines, American cities and states have seen large late-summer outbreaks due to the highly transmissible Delta (B1617.2) variant.
August was the fourth-worst month of the pandemic for new COVID-19 cases, with 4.22 million reported, according to USA Today. The 28,605 deaths is more than three times the number reported in July.
Alabama, Oregon, and Hawaii have set records for their 7-day new case averages. Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also approaching new records.
The high numbers come just days before Americans look to celebrate summer’s end with Labor Day parties, and millions of school age children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are due back in classrooms.
Yesterday Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, warned unvaccinated Americans to refrain from traveling over the holiday weekend.
According to the New York Times tracker, the country recorded 160,041 cases, including 1,346 deaths yesterday.