Nevada now has the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections, presenting a 108 percent increase in new cases from Thursday.
This rate stems from a high ratio of cases per 100,000 population, with the Nevada Department of Health reporting an average of 209 cases per 100,000 population.
Notes du Las Vegas Review Journal that the state reported 558 new COVID-19 cases as well as three deaths on Wednesday, bringing the weekly average of new cases to the highest in the country.
Meanwhile, Missouri has reported a sharp increase in hospitalizations, posting a national record of a 55% increase in hospitalizations in the past two weeks. Health officials blame the delta variant, considered to be more contagious, to be the reason for the rise in cases and the rise in hospitalizations.
“With the rise and rise in infectivity, we believe it is increasingly likely that it has spread continuously,” Jon Mooney, deputy director of the health department, told reporters. from Springfield-Greene County, at a press conference Tuesday by the St. Louis Post-Expedition.
The low vaccination rates, associated with the more contagious variant, are probably to blame.
“I’ll be blunt,” Mooney said, “People who continue to go unvaccinated are at extremely high risk of getting the delta variant in the near future. “
Public health officials added that continuing to wear masks as the delta variant spreads is a good way to reduce transmission.
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