A new report shows that one in three cases of COVID-19 reported in the past week were in just two states — Florida and Texas.
The cases are mainly in areas where vaccination rates remain low, according to White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients in a briefing on Monday.
“In fact, seven states with the lowest vaccination rates represent just about 8- 1/2% of the US population, but account for more than 17% of cases, and one in three cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas, this past week,” Zients said.
The increase is due to the Delta variant spreading rapidly throughout the country, especially in areas where COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Additionally, unvaccinated individuals are susceptible to contracting the virus and spreading it further.
“There are still about 90 million eligible Americans who are unvaccinated,” Zients said. “And we need them to do their part, roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated. Each and every shot matters.”
While the rising cases are alarming, vaccination rates are still slowly growing. The latest reports from the CDC show that around 60% of adults are fully vaccinated as more Americans appear to be taking the virus and vaccinations seriously.
“People are waking up to this,” Zients said. “That’s what desperately needs to happen if we are going to get this Delta variant put back in its place, because right now it is having a pretty big party in the middle of the country.”
According to Zients, vaccination rates have more than doubled in states with the highest case rates.
“The eight states with the highest current case rates have seen an average increase of 171% in the number of people newly vaccinated, each day over the past three weeks,” he said. “Louisiana has seen a 302% increase in the average number of newly vaccinated per day, Mississippi 250%, Alabama 215%, and Arkansas 206%.”
As well, CDC reports are showing that more than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death.