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An update on COVID-19 in the U.S.

On Sunday, the U.S. announced over 50 percent of its population is vaccinated, yet on August 10, the nation recorded 161,990 new COVID-19 cases. Yesterday, the country’s seven-day average sat at 118,067 cases, and hospitalisations reached a six-month high. Here’s how the latest rise in COVID-19 cases looks in the U.S. 

Delta

Like most countries, the U.S. is also battling the contagious Delta variant. Children accounted for 15% of new cases reported last week, which roughly equates to 94,000 cases. The rise in the hospitalisation of children with COVID-19 has been attributed to the Delta strain, as it is more likely to infect children than the original Alpha strain.

The rise of Delta hospitalisations has put a strain on some states’ healthcare systems. Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, asked hospitals to postpone elective surgeries as the Delta variant spread through the state. On Monday, there were only eight ICU beds available in the state of Arkansas. In Florida on August 10, it was reported that hospitalisations had been at record highs for eight days in a row.  

The leading states in numbers 

Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi have the highest number of COVID-19 cases based on population. Let’s deep dive into some data (sourced from the New York Times)

  • Louisiana  

The state of Louisiana has a daily average of 5,571 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday, equalling 120 cases per 100,000 people. Over the last 14 days, this led to a 51 percent increase in cases. The fully vaccinated rate for the state sits at 38 percent, placing the state at fifth in lowest vaccination rates out of all states. 

  • Florida 

The state of Florida has a daily average of 20,052 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday, equalling 93 cases per 100,000 people. Over the last 14 days, this has led to a 60 percent increase in cases. The fully vaccinated rate for the state sits at 50 percent. 

  • Mississippi 

The state of Mississippi has a daily average of 2,640 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday, equalling 89 cases per 100,000 people. Over the last 14 days, this has led to a 121% percent increase in cases. The fully vaccinated rate for the state sits at 35 percent, equal lowest out of all states with Alabama.

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