More than 95% of counties in the U.S. are observing “high” transmission rates of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said.
On Tuesday, the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker showed that 95.19% of the U.S. counties are seeing “high” rates of virus transmission. This means that there were around 100 new cases recorded per 100, 000 people in the last seven days, The Hill magazine reported.
Only 2% of counties in the country are seeing ‘substantial’ or ‘low’ rates of transmission while less than a percentage of counties are observing ‘moderate’ rates of transmission.
Right now, the U.S. is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases propelled by the highly infectious and more transmissible Delta variant, which is considered to be more contagious compared to other variants of the virus that were discovered.
President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, said over the weekend that the Delta variant is now “over 99 percent dominant.”
Just this Tuesday, the U.S. exceeded 40 million COVID-19 cases, according to CDC data. So far, 647, 000 people in the country have lost their lives to this virus.
Recent COVID-19 hospitalizations and death involve majorly people who have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccine, further supporting experts’ advice that vaccines are effective against severe illness.
White House official announced Tuesday that the country has hit a milestone after 75% of adults in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
From Sunday to Tuesday, there were 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine shots administered according to Cyrus Shahpar, White House’s COVID19 data director.