The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the strain accounts for about a quarter of cases in the United States, with top infectious disease expert Antoine FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: White House to Send “Emergency Teams” to Delta Variant Hot Spots | St. Louis advises vaccinees to wear masks indoors | 120,000 people in Oklahoma have Medicaid coverage St. Louis recommends wearing vaccinated masks indoors Arkansas reports highest one-day peak COVID-19 cases in 4 months MORE calling it the “greatest threat” to getting rid of COVID-19.
Amid the spread of the variant, the country saw a 10% increase in its seven-day average this week, although the average is 95% lower than the peak in early January in the United States, the director said. of the CDC. Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyPreliminary Data Shows J&J Vaccine May Be Effective Against Delta Variant Overnight Healthcare: White House To Send “Emergency Teams” To Delta Variant Hot Spots | St. Louis advises vaccinees to wear masks indoors | 120,000 people in Oklahoma have Medicaid coverage Actress Sophia Bush testifies before Congress on vaccines: “Medicine is not partisan” MORE said in a briefing Thursday.
Administration officials have warned that unvaccinated people, including young people and children, are most at risk of contracting the delta strain and severe illness, as the vaccine remains effective against the variants currently. in circulation.
Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday that most areas of the county are “relatively safe” with high vaccination rates, although other areas “should do. show more caution ”.
“Vaccinations are high in many parts of the country. I don’t think people should really worry about getting together as a family on July 4th, ”said @ScottGottliebMD. “Missouri, parts of Nevada, Arkansas, Oklahoma – I think people should be more careful. ” pic.twitter.com/cWhjd7Rtg9
– Boîte Squawk (@SquawkCNBC) July 2, 2021
Here are five states in particular where the delta variant is spreading and cases are increasing, potentially signaling an upcoming increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
The Show-Me State has made headlines in recent weeks as COVID-19 cases have increased there, where less than half of adults are fully vaccinated.
Missouri reached 1,383 new cases on Thursday, as its average daily number of cases rose 55% in two weeks. It ranks second in the country with the most new COVID-19 cases per capita at 15.1 per 100,000 people, according to Covid Act Now.
Officials and experts have attributed the continued increase in cases and hospitalizations to the growing prevalence of the delta strain, which has increased exponentially to constitute the majority of COVID-19 cases in the state in recent months.
“Unfortunately, the arrival of the Delta variant in Missouri results in transmission of the virus and results in increased illness and hospitalizations in a younger and unvaccinated population,” said Herb Kuhn, president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association, in a statement. a “tragic consequence”.
Among the state’s hot spots are Greene County, home to Springfield, and St. Louis County, where average daily cases have increased 55% and 61%, respectively, in two weeks, according to the New York City. Times.
St. Louis County and City Health Departments in response on Thursday advised all people to wear masks indoors where the immunization status of others is unknown. Neighboring Jefferson County issued similar guidelines, citing a 42% increase in cases, most among those aged 10 to 19.
Los Angeles County first issued the recommendation, deviating from CDC guidelines that fully vaccinated people do not need masks in most situations.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas reached its highest level since the winter on two consecutive days this week, with 686 and 700 new cases confirmed on Wednesday and Thursday.
The outbreak has resulted in an increase in the number of cases in almost all counties, with the state as a whole seeing an 81% increase in its average daily cases in two weeks. Arkansas also ranks third in the daily new cases per capita with 14.8 cases per 100,000 people.
State officials, including the government. Asa HutchinsonAsa Hutchinson Arkansas coronavirus cases hit new high for second day since winter Arkansas reports highest single-day COVID-19 cases in 4 months Arkansas governor pleads with people to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases increase in state PLUS (R), blamed the delta strain and begged residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to increase the state’s vaccination rate, which stands at 43.4% of adults.
“The high number of cases today clearly shows that the Delta variant is increasing the spread of the virus,” Hutchinson tweeted Wednesday.
The high number of cases today clearly shows that the Delta variant is increasing the spread of the virus. The good news is that vaccinations have increased to over 10,000. Let’s keep moving forward. pic.twitter.com/M7UqHxxm6b
– Govt. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) June 30, 2021
Chancellor Cam Patterson of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences said in a briefing that the delta variant accounts for more than 25% of cases in the state, and he expects it to become the dominant strain in a week or two.
“We have to be concerned that this is a trend that could continue, and if it does, it looks like we are at the start of the third wave of COVID-19 here in the state of Arkansas,” he said. he declared.
Nevada has seen its number of COVID-19 cases skyrocket since mid-June, reaching Missouri levels within weeks. The state documented 543 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a 48% increase in one week.
While most of the United States is doing well, Nevada has joined Missouri to become the epicenter of the Delta variant. Both states are now dominant in the delta and have an increase in cases and hospitalizations (~ 50% and 20%, respectively, in the past 2 weeks) pic.twitter.com/QytkeOPjeV
– Éric Topol (@EricTopol) June 27, 2021
But its daily average of cases at 492 marked a 114 percent increase in two weeks, according to data from The Times.
Nevada ranked first among the states for most new daily cases per capita with 16 per 100,000 people.
The majority of Nevada’s new cases are confirmed in Clark County, where Las Vegas is located. The county, which has a daily average of 453 new cases, has seen a 146% increase in that two-week average, according to data from The Times.
Statewide, the delta strain accounted for 46.22% of COVID-19 samples sequenced during the two-week period ending June 25, surpassing the previously dominant alpha variant, according to a report.
In response, the Govt. Steve SisolakSteve Sisolak Nevada man at Capitol Uprising announces gubernatorial candidacy Gun rights group pursues phantom guns ban in Nevada Nevada governor signs bill making State the first presidential primary PLUS (D) announced that the state would seek federal help to fight escalating COVID-19 cases after the White House said it would send “back-up teams” to hot spots across the country.
“We must continue to leverage resources at the federal, state and local levels to increase access and trust and protect as many Nevadans as possible from this deadly virus,” he said in a statement.
Colorado is another state where the delta variant seems to be spreading, although the increases appear to be more limited to certain areas.
The most recent data from random sample sequencing revealed that 70% of cases derived from the delta strain, Jessica Bralish, director of communications at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told The Hill .
Overall, Colorado is actually seeing a slight decline in the total number of COVID-19 cases with a 24% decrease in its average daily number of cases in two weeks.
But Mesa County, home to Grand Junction, has been hit by new cases of COVID-19 in recent days with an average of 48 cases per day, a 34% increase from two weeks ago, data shows. of the Times.
The county, which hosted thousands of people last weekend for the County Jam music festival, has seen its hospitals fill with 98.3% of beds and 90.9% of intensive care beds in use.
Mesa County officials released a public health notice on Wednesday, calling the vaccination “of critical importance as the number of cases continues to rise steadily in Mesa County and community transmission of the variant. Delta is generalized ”.
We have recently seen a rapid growth in Delta, where it displaces other viruses circulating in many states. Here, Delta’s dominance in Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, and Utah occurred in just about 4 weeks. 7/16 pic.twitter.com/fajgs3TPo4
– Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) June 30, 2021
In recent weeks, Utah has also documented an increase in COVID-19 cases, reaching a daily average of 382 new cases this week, a 33% increase in two weeks.
The state ranks fifth for the highest daily average of COVID-19 per capita, at 11.9 cases per 100,000 people, according to Covid Act Now.
Nearly 1,110 delta cases have been identified in Hive State, with about 70% of cases during the week of June 13 attributed to the delta strain, according to state data. This is nearly 10 times more than the number of delta cases confirmed in mid-June.
“We have more Delta in Utah than in Los Angeles,” Kencee Graves, assistant chief medical officer for inpatient services at the University of Utah, said during a briefing, citing the news. Los Angeles County mask guidelines.
“I want to be very, very clear on what everyone has told me and it’s not over,” she added. “The vaccine is important, it’s what we need to end this, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. “