The latest data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States crossed 100,000 new confirmed daily infections.
The CDC said the huge number of infections could be attributed to the highly transmissible delta variant and low vaccination rates in the South.
To avoid the further rise of the COVID numbers, CDC called on Americans to have themselves vaccinated now.
CDC record has shown that nationwide, 50% of residents are fully vaccinated and more than 70% of adults have received at least one dose.
“Our models show that if we don’t (vaccinate people), we could be up to several hundred thousand cases a day, similar to our surge in early January,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said.
Data from the CDC has also shown that aside from the rising cases of COVID, hospitalization and deaths are also increasing, though all are still below peaks seen early this year before vaccines became widely available. More than 44,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
The CDC noted that COVID cases are becoming worst in the South which has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. and has seen smaller hospitals overrun with patients.
In the Southeast, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients jumped 50% to a daily average of 17,600 over the last week from 11,600 the previous week, the CDC says. Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky represent 41% of the nation’s new hospitalizations, the CDC says, twice their overall share of the population.
Moreover, CDC data has also shown that Florida has more than 20% of the nation’s new cases and hospitalizations, triple its share of the population.
CDC also noted that many rural counties have vaccination rates below 40%, with the state at 49%.