More … than 71% of the American population – or nearly 237 million people – live in counties considered to have “high” or “substantial” transmission of Covid-19, according to a CNN analysis of the data released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United.
Only 1% of the population – only 3.2 million people – live in “low” transmission areas.
This means that the CDC’s latest mask guidelines, which advise even fully vaccinated people to mask indoors in areas with “substantial” or “high” transmission, would apply to more than seven in 10 Americans.
About 48% are in counties with “high” transmission, and 23% are found in counties with “substantial” transmission.
This is an increase from a week ago, when just over half – 50.5% – of Americans lived in counties that fell into either category. Two weeks ago, that number was even lower: 38.5%.
In early June, 2.4% of the population lived in a county with “high” transmission of Covid-19, and an additional 13% in areas with “substantial” transmission.
Meanwhile, cases of Covid-19 in the United States continue to rise. The country is now on average 63,698 new items every day, according to Johns Hopkins University – that’s a 59% increase from last week’s seven-day average.
According to the CDC, the United States is seeing an increase in vaccinations. Average 382,106 people start vaccination every day, agency data released Wednesday shows. This is the highest for three weeks and a 35% increase from last week. At least 49,2% of the total population of the United States is fully vaccinated.
A little more context on the data: The CDC considers a county to have ‘high’ transmission if there have been 100 or more cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 population in the past week, or a test positivity rate of 10% or more during the same period. For “low” transmission, these numbers should be less than 10 new cases per 100,000 or a test positive rate of less than 5%.
Here’s a look at the latest trends in community broadcasting: