As two extremely contagious varieties circulate throughout the country, the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States has reached its highest level of the pandemic, and health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated and boosted against the virus. According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, nationwide daily new cases reached a seven-day high of more than 265,000 on Tuesday, exceeding the previous high of around 252,000 average daily cases set on Jan. 11, 2021.
The new pandemic peak coincides with the simultaneous spread of the delta and omicron strains. Before the appearance of omicron, the previously dominant delta variant was already driving U.S. case counts upward this fall, contributing to a near-vertical surge in daily new cases. Around 75,000 Americans have been admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, and the country is reporting over 1,500 deaths every day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 62 percent of the US population has received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of Tuesday. Unvaccinated people are still at the greatest danger, according to US health experts, who are urging Americans to receive a booster shot to further protect themselves against omicron.