Daily new cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the delta variant of the coronavirus are all surging as millions of Americans remain unvaccinated, federal health officials warned Thursday.
“Across the board, we are seeing increases in cases and hospitalizations in all age groups,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House coronavirus briefing where she and other health leaders reiterated pleas for people to get immunized.
The latest slew of stark statistics: Daily cases passing 100,000 — numbers not seen since February. A seven-day average of hospital admissions up by more than 40% from the week before and deaths trending up by roughly the same rate.
There is a bright spot, officials said — a significant boost in the numbers of Americans getting vaccinated. They cited a 90% jump in first shots in Tennessee over the last two weeks; an 82% increase in Oklahoma and a 66% rise in Georgia, among other hopeful signs. Nearly 650 colleges and universities are now requiring shots for students and staff on campus, and more than 100 health care systems are embracing similar mandates, they said.