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About 1 million people a day are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States. EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images
  • New COVID-19 cases fell to about 11,000 per day over the past week in the United States.
  • Experts are encouraged by those numbers but warn that areas with unvaccinated people as well as emerging variants could lead to another surge in cases.
  • The daily vaccination rate in the United States has stabilized at slightly more than 1 million. Experts say elected and community leaders need to continue to push the benefits of vaccination.

Editor’s note: This story is updated regularly as new statistics are released.

The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States decreased once again this past week.

According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average number of new U.S. cases dipped to about 11,000 a day, compared with 13,000 a week ago.

Meanwhile, the 7-day average of vaccine doses being administered per day in the United States is holding steady at about 1 million, although that number dipped to 610,000 on Monday.

Overall, the number of new cases in the United States was listed at 82,013 for the week that ended on Sunday, a nearly 20 percent decline from the previous week.

The number of COVID-19 deaths declined to 1,820 this past week, about 600 fewer than the previous week’s total. That compares to the 3,300 people who were dying per day from the disease in mid-January.

Hospitalizations remain at slightly more than 13,000.

Overall, the United States has reported more than 33 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. COVID-19-related deaths in the United States have now surpassed 602,000.

Experts say the decline in cases despite the fact businesses and other venues are reopening is proof the vaccine campaign is working.

However, there are concerns that the states with the lowest vaccination rates are vulnerable to surges.

Indeed, it’s been reported that 99 percent of new cases as well as COVID-19-related hospitalizations are people who are not fully vaccinated.

“Vaccinations are increasing (slower than I would like, but they are increasing), and the dominant COVID strains are covered by the vaccines,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told Healthline.

“However, I’m concerned that the very highly contagious delta strain is taking hold in the U.S. and will flourish among persons who are unvaccinated, once again driving up the case numbers,” he said.

“I think [the lower case rate] is proof that the COVID-19 vaccines are working,” added Dr. Jamila Taylor, director of healthcare reform and a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.

“The danger is that we will see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and continued spread of the delta variant in particular, which is of major concern,” she said. “I’m hoping that education and outreach efforts continue, and that we make unvaccinated people aware of the protection against this variant (as based on new research).”

“These variants are precisely why we need to continue concerted efforts to ensure access to and uptake of the vaccines,” Taylor told Healthline.

“Early studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines have strong protection against the variants. There are certainly consequences if the delta variant becomes dominant. We could see an increase in cases in the fall, as well as an increase in serious illness and death, but we can still beat this if people continue to get vaccinated. I’m very worried about the parts of the country that have low vaccination rates,” she said.

Schaffner also has some concerns about the long-term future with COVID-19.

“It will become endemic. That is, it will be part of our microbial environment, similar to influenza. We also must continue to monitor for new variant COVID strains. If they show up and start to spread, new vaccines will be created and booster shots will be needed,” he said.

For the week that ended Sunday, eight states reported increases in COVID-19 cases, compared with 20 states the previous week.

Oklahoma had the highest increase with a 35 percent jump.

The CDC reported that Florida had the most new cases in the past 7 days with 10,329. That’s about the same as the previous week.

Texas is second with 7,408 new cases this past week, about 1,000 fewer than the previous week. California is third with 6,706 new cases, almost 3,000 more than the previous week.

Missouri is now in fourth place with 4,792 new cases. The state has been reporting an increase in cases and hospitalizations for the past week, especially in areas frequented by tourists.

Washington is fifth with 3,002 new cases. Arizona has climbed to sixth place with 2,965 cases.

The CDC reports that on a per capita basis, Missouri leads with 78 cases per 100,000 residents over the past 7 days.

Wyoming is second with 68 cases per 100,000 residents. Utah is third with 63 cases per 100,000 residents, followed by Nevada with 62 cases per 100,000 residents and Arkansas with 54 cases per 100,000 residents.

There were 15 states that reported an increase this past week in COVID-19 deaths, compared with 21 states the previous week.

Florida recorded the most COVID-19 deaths over the past 7 days with 263.

California is second with 188 deaths. Texas is third with 173 reported deaths. That’s followed by Georgia with 160 and Illinois with 102 deaths.

The CDC reports there have been more than 319 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across the country.

More than 177 million people have received at least one dose. More than 150 million people are fully vaccinated.

That means 53 percent of the total U.S. population has received at least one dose.

Around 65 percent of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose. White House officials say 70 percent of people 30 years of age and older have received at least one dose.

California has administered the most doses at more than 41 million. That’s followed by Texas with more than 25 million.

New York has administered more than 21 million doses, while Florida has done more than 20 million. Pennsylvania is fifth with more than 13 million.

None of those states, however, is in the top five in percentage of the population that’s fully vaccinated.

States with the highest percentage of vaccination (total population)
1. Vermont: 64 percent
2. Massachusetts: 60 percent
3. Maine: 60 percent
4. Connecticut: 59 percent
5. Rhode Island: 57 percent
Source: Reuters

Schaffner said another push is needed to convince people who aren’t yet vaccinated to get the inoculation.

“It will take a multifaceted approach to make hesitant persons sufficiently comfortable to become vaccinated. Perhaps the most effective is seeing more of their friends and neighbors vaccinated safely and celebrating their vaccinations,” he said.

“Every vaccination contributes to our protection, but we need to vaccinate more people more rapidly to forestall outbreaks from the delta variant in communities where the vaccination rate is low,” he added.

Nonetheless, Taylor said the country is slowly accomplishing its vaccination goals.

“I think we are getting there,” Taylor said. “Some parents are still hesitant and want to be sure the vaccine is safe for their children. As a mom, I get it. However, I do think that in order for us to continue down the path that we are on, making progress in controlling the spread, we need to get as many 12- to 17-year-olds vaccinated as possible.”

“Speaking to our children about potential side effects, taking safety precautions, and the importance of good hygiene is also key,” she said. “All of this is critical as schools across the country will be returning to in-person learning in the fall.”