The surge in unvaccinated Americans has overwhelmed states and health care systems across the country with Florida and Louisiana experiencing some of the worst tolls. 21,683 new cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. It is the state's highest daily total of new cases in the course of the entire Pandemic.
The state is nearing its all-time record for hospitalizations. Over 10,000 people in Florida are hospitalized with Covid-19. The states with the highest rates of infections have some of the lowest rates of vaccinations.
Louisiana has the highest rates of infections in the country and Baker County has the lowest rates of vaccinations. The rate of new cases in the state is 89 per 100,000. Florida's average rate of new cases per 100,000 is 74.
The state of Louisiana is reporting around 4,000 cases per day. Every county in the state is considered to have a high rate of transmission by the CDC. The state of Louisiana has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
Some of the counties with the highest vaccine rates have rates as low as 26 percent. "It has been clear that current recommendations on their own haven't worked," the governor said. The vaccines are effective against severe disease even in the face of the hyper transmissible delta variant.
According to Dr. Walensky, the risk of getting a breakthrough infections is very low. In July, there were 934 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, with 73 percent of those occurring in people who were fully vaccine-vaccinated. The spread of the delta variant from vaccine recipients to other people is something not seen before.
The data made the CDC reverse its mask guidance. The agency now recommends indoor masking in many settings, including schools and areas with high or substantial transmission, which is most of the country.But Walensky and top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci stressed that breakthrough, while concerning, still only affect a small proportion of those fully vaccination. Fauci and Walensky emphasize that the infections are usually mild.
Only seven of the 934 cases resulted in hospitalizations. The CDC had recorded 6,587 breakthrough infections that resulted in hospitalization or death among 163 million fully-vaccinated people. Fauci said in the press briefing that the rate of breakthrough infections among fully-vaccinated people ranged from 0.26 percent to 0.03 percent.
In the past, Fauci and Walensky have noted that unvaccinated people account for 97 percent of the infections. The current wave of cases is unlikely to be stopped by the vaccination surge alone because it takes up to six weeks for people to be fully vaccine free.