Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-07-20 16:50:11 –
The CDC reports that coronavirus delta variants are proliferating in the United States and currently account for about 83% of new COVID-19 cases. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky shared the data at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
“The best way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 mutant is to prevent the spread of the disease, and vaccination is the most powerful tool we have,” Warensky said.
During the week of July 3, the delta variant accounted for approximately 50% of COVID-19 cases sequenced in the United States.
Warensky also told Senators that nearly two-thirds of the country’s counties have vaccination rates of less than 40%.
The delta variant was first identified in India in October and has since spread to more than 100 countries according to the World Health Organization.
“The reason it’s so formidable is the fact that it has the ability to communicate efficiently from person to person in a far better way than any other variant we’ve ever experienced,” Anthony said. Dr. Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor of the White House, was added at a hearing on Tuesday.
In addition to rising infection rates, as delta variants spread to the US community, so does the rate of hospitalization and mortality from COVID-19.
Warensky told Senator that the death toll of COVID-19 has increased by nearly 48% in the past week and now averages 239 per day.
Last week, Warensky said the outbreak of coronavirus was “becoming an unvaccinated pandemic” and urged Americans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. She said that those who were hospitalized and dying of COVID-19 during the breakthrough infection were overwhelmingly unvaccinated.
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