More than 40 million cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in the United States, according to a NewsMadura database.
The total number of known infections, more than the population of California, the nation’s most populous state, is evidence of the spread of the coronavirus, especially the highly contagious Delta strain, and the United States’ patchwork of containment. .
Vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, but 47 percent of Americans are not fully vaccinated, giving the Delta variant ample opportunity to cause suffering and disrupt daily life. Health officials say most patients who are hospitalized and die are unvaccinated, and it is those unvaccinated people who are fueling the current wave and putting a strain on the health care system.
Over the past week, there have been an average of more than 161,000 new virus cases per day since Sunday. New deaths are up to 1,385 per day and hospitalizations average over 103,000 per day. Those numbers, while very high, remain lower than last winter’s peaks.
For July 4, President Biden said he hoped for “a summer of freedom.” Instead, the Delta variant became the dominant form of the virus, destroying unvaccinated populations and filling ICs in some states.
Speaking on Wednesday, Idaho Governor Brad Little, a Republican, pleaded with people to get vaccinated: “I wish everyone could have seen what I saw at the ICU last night.”
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said at a news conference Monday that the virus had flooded many of his state’s hospitals and closed schools there.
“We have a really great situation in West Virginia, like it is across the country,” said Mr. Justice, a Republican.
After reading a list of people who have died in his state since Friday from causes related to the disease, Mr Justice begged the unvaccinated people of West Virginia to get vaccinated.
“We have to get vaccinated for everyone, not just for you but for everyone — we have to do this,” he said. “We can stop a lot of this terrible, terrible, terrible carnage.”
According to federal data, no U.S. state has more than 70 percent of the population fully vaccinated, and while the average vaccination rate has picked up this summer, it remains much lower than when it peaked in the spring.