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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have declined to 82,000, although experts remain concerned about the impact these cases are having on overall medical services. Jon Cherry/Getty Images
  • New COVID-19 cases have plateaued at about 120,000 per day in the United States.
  • The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations also decreased slightly this past week.
  • The daily vaccination rate in the United States fell to 600,000 per day. Experts say that elected and community leaders need to continue to promote the benefits of vaccination.

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

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and vaccinations remained stable in the United States this past week while the number of deaths increased once again.

According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 7-day average number of new U.S. COVID-19 cases is at 121,000 per day, slightly higher than it was earlier in the week.

The total number of new COVID-19 cases for the week that ended Sunday was listed at 1,030,779, almost exactly the same as the previous week.

Deaths attributed to COVID-19 for the same time period were listed as 14,091, a 20 percent increase from the prior week.

Hospitalizations are at slightly more than 82,000, about 5,000 fewer than it was earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, the 7-day average of vaccine doses administered in the United States has fallen to 600,000, the lowest rate since mid-July.

Overall, the United States has reported more than 42 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States have now surpassed 684,000, more now than the 675,000 deaths recorded during the 1918 flu pandemic.

There have been 4.7 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide, less than 10 percent of the 50 million who died globally during the 1918 flu pandemic.

A CDC report released Sept. 10 stated that unvaccinated people in the United States are 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 11 times more likely to die from the disease than people who are vaccinated.

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The rate of transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on a county-by-county basis as of Sept. 20. Source: CDC

Despite the stabilization in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, experts aren’t convinced yet that the current surge has peaked.

“We are not yet out of the woods. I will feel more confident about the state of COVID when we start to see an actual dip in cases and hospitalizations, and an increase in those that are fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Jamila Taylor, director of healthcare reform and a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, also feels we may not have reached the top of the curve.

“In some parts of the country, the number of new cases and hospitalizations seems to have plateaued, but we cannot count on a downturn,” he told Healthline.

“There continues to be so much transmission among unvaccinated people that large numbers of serious cases could continue for many more weeks,” he said. “Of course, the great sadness is that virtually all these illnesses and hospitalizations could have been averted by vaccination.”

Of particular concern is the growing number of COVID-19 cases among children, especially those under the age of 12 who aren’t yet eligible to get vaccinated.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that more than 925,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 4 weeks. Children now represent nearly 26 percent of the total new cases in the United States.

There were 36 states that reported an increase in new COVID-19 cases for the week that ended Sunday. There were 20 states the previous week.

Connecticut had the largest jump, with a 42 percent increase to 5,409 cases. Montana was next with a 41 percent hike to 5,997 cases.

Wisconsin reported a 40 percent increase to 17,900 new cases, while Maine saw a 39 percent jump to 3,400 cases.

In overall numbers, the CDC reports that Texas had the most new cases in the past 7 days with 90,752, about 15,000 fewer than earlier this week.

Florida is second with 59,993 new cases this past week, about 4,000 fewer than earlier this week.

Ohio is now third with 46,535 cases, with New York in fourth with 36,676 cases and Georgia right behind with 35,013 cases per 100,000.

The CDC reports that Alaska is the leader on a per capita basis, with 821 cases per 100,000 residents over the past 7 days.

West Virginia is second with 689 cases per 100,000 residents, while Wyoming is third with 638 cases per 100,000 residents.

Montana is fourth with 602 cases per 100,000 residents. Kentucky is fifth at 588 cases per 100,000 residents.

California has the lowest per capita rate at 86 cases per 100,000 residents, the only state with a rate of less than 100 per 100,000.

Schaffner said states with high rates of COVID-19 transmission can affect the country as a whole.

“Areas of ongoing intense COVID transmission can be a reservoir for spread to other parts of the U.S. through travel and the interactions of populations,” he said. “This mixing is occurring briskly as our population wishes to return to a semblance of normal behavior and activities.”

Here’s a look at those states with the highest per capita caseload and their percentage of fully vaccinated people:

StateDaily cases per 100,000 residentsFull vaccination rate
Alaska82150%
West Virginia69840%
Wyoming63841%
Montana60248%
Kentucky58851%
Source: CDC

There were 42 states that reported an increase in COVID-19-related deaths for the week that ended Sunday. There were 32 the previous week.

Delaware had the highest jump with an increase of 122 percent to 20 deaths. Next was Vermont, with a 120 percent hike to 11 deaths.

Iowa recorded a 113 percent increase to 64 deaths, while Alabama reported a 104 percent increase to 534 deaths. North Dakota saw a 100 percent hike to 14 deaths.

Texas recorded the most COVID-19 deaths over the past 7 days with 1,962.

Alabama is next with 942 deaths, followed by Georgia with 870 deaths and Louisiana with 339 deaths. Ohio is fifth with 331 deaths this past week.

The CDC reports there have been more than 387 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across the United States.

More than 212 million people have received at least one dose. More than 182 million people are fully vaccinated.

That means that 64 percent of the total U.S. population has received at least one dose. More than 76 percent of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose.

California has administered the most doses, with more than 50 million. That’s followed by Texas with more than 32 million.

Florida has administered more than 26 million doses, while New York is close behind at more than 25 million doses. Pennsylvania is fifth with more than 16 million.

None of those states, however, is in the top five for percentage of the population that’s received at least one dose:

States with the highest percentage of vaccination (total population)
1. Vermont: 77%
2. Massachusetts: 77%
3. Hawaii: 76%
4. Connecticut: 76%
5. Rhode Island: 74%
Source: COVID Act Now

On Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced that COVID-19 booster shots can be given to people at high risk of serious disease and workers in high-risk settings as well as adults 65 years and older. So far, only the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot has received FDA approval.

Pfizer also announced on Monday that its vaccine proved to be safe and effective in younger children in a recent clinical trial.

The company is now asking the FDA for an emergency use authorization to make the vaccine available to children ages 5 to 11.

Taylor and Schaffner both see the announcement as positive news.

“I think it will have a major impact,” Taylor told Healthline. “Cases among children have been rising, and many parents remain fearful about transmission among their children. Back to school has been particularly stressful because of this. Ensuring a safe and effective vaccine for this age group is also critical in increasing our overall number of vaccinated people in the U.S.”

“This announcement is good news for the many parents who have wanted to extend the protection of COVID vaccination to their younger children 5 to 11 years of age,” added Schaffner.

“Of course, both the FDA and CDC and their respective advisory committees still need to review the data carefully, but I anticipate that COVID vaccine will become available for these younger children by late fall.

“In the meantime, all children age 12 and older are eligible for vaccination and less than half of them have received the vaccine. We need to protect these still unvaccinated children,” he noted.