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States With Highest COVID Rates This Week Also Had Highest Number of New Vaccinations

States With Highest COVID Rates This Week Also Had Highest Number of New Vaccinations

US states that saw some of the country’s worst Covid-19 case rates over the past week also reported the highest number of new vaccinations per capita, data published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows.

Tennessee, which reported the country’s worst Covid-19 cases rate, had the sixth-best rate of new vaccinations per capita in the US over the past week. The state’s hospitals are “under increasing strain from the highly contagious Delta variant,” Tennessee’s health department wrote on Twitter Thursday, adding in a statement that the strain was continuing to fuel an increase in infections. “Many hospitals are experiencing capacity constraints unlike we have seen during the pandemic,” the department said, urging residents to get their shots and adding that most cases and hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated. Roughly 42.1% of residents are fully vaccinated.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – 2021/08/23: People register to receive a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Orlando on the day the FDA gave its approval of the drug for persons under 16 years of age and older.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first to be approved for COVID-19 and will be marketed as Comirnaty. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Alabama, which had the second worst-case rate, reported the highest number of new Covid-19 vaccinations per capita in the country in the past week. On Thursday, the state reported a 22% positivity rate and categorized every single one of its counties at a “high” level of community transmission. More than 3,000 people were hospitalized with the virus across the state, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Roughly 38.6% of Alabama residents are fully vaccinated.

Other states that are reporting some of the country’s worst-case rates but high numbers of new vaccinations include Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and South Carolina. AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division reported a decline this week in Covid-19 patients in its hospitals — but said the number continues to be higher than earlier surges.

Covid-19 hospitalizations in the US have been rising steadily since early July, but are starting to show signs of improvement, HHS data shows.Total hospitalizations nearly tripled in July and doubled again in August, according to HHS data, and for the past eight Sundays, total hospitalizations were an average of 25% higher than the week before.

But over the past seven days, total hospitalizations in the US grew by only 2%. In fact, there were 134 fewer new admissions during the week of August 24th than there were during the previous week. Together, Covid-19 hospitalizations in Florida and Texas account for nearly 30% of current hospitalizations across the country. Hospitalizations in Florida have declined 11% over the past week, and hospitalizations in Texas have steadied, contributing heavily to improvements in national trends.

But hospitalizations remain perilously high; there are currently 102,804 people hospitalized for Covid-19 in the United States, 72% of the way to the peak from mid-January, according to HHS data. Overall, hospitals across the country are nearly three-quarters full and ICUs are about 80% full.

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