The manager of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday that the COVID-19 outbreak successful the U.S. is becoming “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
Speaking during a White House briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said cases successful the U.S. are up astir 70% implicit the past week, infirmary admissions are up 36% and deaths roseate by 26%. Nearly each infirmary admissions and deaths, she said, are among the unvaccinated.
"There is simply a connection that is crystal clear: this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated," Walensky said. "We are seeing outbreaks of cases successful parts of the state that person debased vaccination sum due to the fact that unvaccinated radical are astatine risk."
White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients echoed the pandemic is “one that predominantly threatens unvaccinated people.”
Zients said the Biden medication expects cases to summation successful the weeks up due to the fact that of dispersed successful communities with debased vaccination rates. Four states accounted for 40% of caller cases past week, with 1 successful 5 coming from Florida.
New cases of the coronavirus person been connected the emergence successful Florida implicit the past month. The complaint of affirmative tests was 7.8% past week aft trending astatine astir 4% positivity successful caller weeks.
California is besides amid a spike successful COVID-19 cases, astir of them the highly transmissible delta variant that has proliferated since the authorities afloat reopened its system connected June 15 and did distant with capableness limits and societal distancing. The immense bulk of caller cases are among unvaccinated people. In Los Angeles County, which has been signaling much than 1,000 caller cases each time for a week, officials announced Thursday that residents volition again beryllium required to deterioration masks indoors, careless of their vaccination status.
More than fractional of the counties successful Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana person debased vaccination rates and elevated levels of COVID cases, according to information from the CDC and Johns Hopkins University. Those 3 states are seeing immoderate of the highest levels of cases per capita successful the state implicit the past 7 days amid a surge successful dispersed of the delta variant successful southwest Missouri, CNBC reports.
“There volition proceed to beryllium an summation successful cases among unvaccinated Americans and successful communities with debased vaccination rates, peculiarly fixed the dispersed of the much transmissible delta variant,” Zients said.
But Zients added that determination are signs that accrued cases are driving much radical successful those communities to question vaccination astatine rates faster than the nationalist average.