The New York Times on Tuesday published jarring new data showing that the number of new COVID-19 infections in the United States has almost doubled in the last two weeks. The surge is a direct result of right-wing opposition to the implementation of public safety measures as well as vaccines, the paper explained in its analysis.
Roughly 48 percent of the American population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The uptick in cases is primarily due to localized outbreaks in places with low vaccination rates. Parts of Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Nevada are struggling as the Delta variant spreads,” the Times wrote, noting, however, that “most of the country continues to see very low case rates. The outlook is especially positive east of the Mississippi River and on the West Coast.”
According to the data gathered by the Times, cases have jumped by a whopping 222 percent in Florida and 218 percent in Louisiana. In Franklin County, for example, the number of new cases has jumped by a staggering 809 percent within the last 14 days.
Arkansas – whose average daily case rate has climbed by 124 percent – is another hotspot for COVID-19 transmission. The town of Perry has seen a 600% increase in new infections. In Marion, the case count has grown by 274 percent.
With more cases inevitably comes more hospitalizations. As of July 12th, 19,241 people were hospitalized in the United States due to the coronavirus – a 16 percent jump over the previous two weeks.
Coronavirus deaths, meanwhile, have fallen by an average of 12 percent nationwide over the same time period.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.