United States Surpasses 40 Million COVID-19 Cases

As the COVID-19 Delta variant surges across the country, cases continue to rise, with the United States surpassing 40 million known cases.  

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The latest number of known cases comes from The New York Times COVID-19 tracker. According to its database, the states with the most cases are Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, and South Carolina. The states with the highest daily average of COVID-19 deaths are Florida, Texas, California and Georgia. Those states also have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.  

Only 53% of the United States population is fully vaccinated. Health officials continue to push Americans to get vaccinated, as most of the patients hospitalized and dying from the virus are those who are not vaccinated.  

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With an average of more than 161,000 COVID-19 cases emerging every day and new deaths at more than 1,800 a day, health officials remain concerned as students return to in-person learning and travel ramps up again.  

Hospitals across the country are running out of beds in their intensive care units due to the rising number of hospitalizations. In West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice spoke at a press conference, saying, “We’ve got a really big time, big time situation in West Virginia, as it is all across this nation.” In Idaho, Governor Brad Little held a press conference on Wednesday and said, “I wish everyone could have seen what I saw in the I.C.U. last night.”  

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While the national average of vaccinations rose over the summer, no state in the U.S. has more than 70% of its population fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times.  

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