Coronavirus infections are on the rise in the United States, thanks to the delta variety, and are putting a load on hospitals in places where vaccination rates are low. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seven-day average of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by 69 percent to 26,306 in the last week. As a result, deaths have increased by 26% to 211, and hospitalizations have increased by 36% to 2,794.
The number of daily cases in most states has increased slightly. According to CDC data, only ten states did not see an increase in cases from July 7 to 14, including Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont. The current wave is being driven by the delta variety, which is said to have originated in India. According to studies from the United Kingdom, it may be more than twice as infectious as the original virus. According to the CDC, the delta form accounted for 58 percent of new COVID-19 cases by early July.
Many of these states are in the South and Midwest, which, according to Benjamin, adds to the risk due to underlying health problems. In addition, many of the states with low vaccination rates have poor health outcomes, such as high heart disease and diabetes rates. As a result, COVID-19 is considerably more likely to hospitalize and kill those who already have health problems.