As vaccination rates have stalled and the more infectious Delta variant has become more prevalent, the number of cases and hospitalizations has increased.
The seven-day moving average in daily cases reported Wednesday was 66,606, according to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The seven-day average in new hospital admissions from July 13-19 was 3,521, up 32.2% from the week prior, while the vaccination rates have risen by less than 1% in the past week.
Hospitalization rates are nearly three times higher in states that have fully vaccinated fewer than half of their residents, while case and death rates are nearly twice as high, according to analysis by CNN.
Data shows that the number of hospitalizations per 100,000 residents is 14.4 in states that have vaccinated less than half of residents versus 4.9 in states that have vaccinated more than half of residents.
Cases have increased at a rate of 23.7 per 100,000 in states with vaccination rates less than 50 percent versus 9.3 in states with higher vaccination rates, while deaths have increased at a rate of 129 per million in states with lower vaccination rates versus 55 per million in states with higher vaccination rates.
Vermont has the highest vaccination rate in the country, with more than 67 percent of residents vaccinated, and the current lowest hospitalisation rate of less than 1 per 100,000 people, whereas Florida has the highest hospitalisation rate, at around 38 per 100,000 people, and less than 49 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.
Mayor Jerry Demings of Florida’s Orange County declared a state of emergency on Wednesday amid rising cases and hospitalizations and required county employees to get their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 31 or face discipline including possible termination.
Demings also required employees and visitors to wear masks in county facilities and encouraged private businesses to require employees to get vaccinated and wear masks indoors.
South Carolina on Thursday reported 1,867 new COVID-19 cases, its highest total since Feb. 19, while 44% of people in the state are fully vaccinated.
In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday announced the state, where 36% of residents have been fully vaccinated, reported an increase of 160 hospitalizations, its largest single-day increase since March 2020.
Regardless of vaccination status, Edwards recommended that everyone in the state get vaccinated and that people wear masks and stay 6 feet apart indoors.
“For anyone wondering when this will end, the answer is simple: when we decide to do whatever it takes to end it,” he said. “The three free, safe, and effective vaccines are the most impactful tools for making that happen.”
President Joe Biden called on states to offer a $100 incentive to residents who get fully vaccinated, and for employers to provide paid time off to employees who get the vaccine.