The COVID-19 curve in the United States is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases a day doubled in the last three weeks, driven by the rapidly expanding delta variant, delayed vaccination rates and meetings of the fourth of July.
The confirmed infections averaged about 23,600 daily on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And all but two states, Maine and South Dakota, reported that case numbers have risen over the past two weeks.
“It’s certainly no coincidence that we’re looking at exactly when we’d expect cases to occur after the weekend of the fourth of July,” said Dr. Bill Powderly, co-director of the Faculty of Medicine’s Infectious Diseases Division. of the University of Washington. in Sant Lluís.
At the same time, some parts of the country are facing resistance to the deep vaccine, while the highly contagious mutant version of the coronavirus that was first detected in India represents an increasing proportion of infections.
Nationally, 55.6% of all Americans have received at least one COVID-19 shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The five states with the two-week biggest jump in cases per capita all had fewer vaccination rates: Missouri, 45.9%; Arkansas, 43%; Nevada, 50.9%; Louisiana, 39.2%; and Utah, 49.5%.
Even with the latest rise, cases in the United States don’t even reach a quarter of a million a day in January. And deaths are reduced to less than 260 a day, on average, after exceeding 3,400 in the winter, a testament to the effectiveness with which the vaccine can prevent serious illness and death in those who become infected.
Still, in the middle of the climb, health authorities in places like Los Angeles County and St. Louis is even asking immunized people to continue wearing masks in public. And Chicago officials announced Tuesday that unvaccinated travelers from Missouri and Arkansas will have to quarantine for 10 days or take a negative COVID-19 test.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi Department of Health, which died last country from vaccines, began blocking posts about COVID-19 on its Facebook page due to an “increase in misinformation” about the virus and the vaccine.
Mississippi officials also recommend that people 65 and older and people with chronic illnesses stay away from large indoor gatherings due to a 150% increase in hospitalizations over the past three weeks.
But political will may not be there in many states tired of months of restrictions.
In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing an effort to repeal a law she used to impose significant restrictions during the early stages of the pandemic.
And Republican Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama backtracked on the idea that the state might need to reimpose preventative measures as vaccinations are delayed and hospitalizations increased.
“Alabama is OPEN for business. Vaccines are available, and I encourage people to get one. The state of emergency and health orders have expired. We are moving forward,” he said on social media.
Dr. James Lawler, leader of the World Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, said wearing masks and limiting meetings would help. But he acknowledged that most sites that have higher rates of the virus “are exactly the areas of the country that don’t want to do any of these things.”
Lawler warned that what is happening in Britain is a preview of what will come to the United States
“The descriptions of regions of the world where the delta variant has consolidated and become the predominant virus are images of ICUs that are 30 years old. This is what critical care physicians describe and this is what it will come to the United States, ”he said. .
He added: “I think people have no idea what is about to hit us.”
President Joe Biden puts a dose of star power behind the administration’s efforts to vaccinate young people. Eighteen-year-old actress, singer and songwriter Olivia Rodrigo will meet Wednesday with Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Although the administration has been successful in vaccinating older Americans, young adults have shown less urgency to receive the shots.
Some, at least, are answering the call in Missouri after weeks of begging, said Erik Frederick, chief executive of Mercy Hospital Springfield. He tweeted that the number of people who were vaccinated at his vaccine clinic has gone from 150 to 250 daily.
“That gives me hope,” he said.
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