Over the past week, as the number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths has risen across the United States—mainly due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant—the leaders of several states are renewing their efforts to encourage residents to get vaccinated.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday urged companies to reject customers who were not vaccinated. “If you are not vaccinated, the Delta variant should be your main concern, and you should worry about it,” Cuomo said in a briefing.
The governors of these states also announced that transportation workers in New York and hospitals, nursing homes and prison staff in New Jersey will be required to be vaccinated or undergo regular testing.
At the same time, the mayor of Denver, Colorado, stated that the city’s 11,000 employees will be vaccinated mandatory, and the state of Louisiana will require the state to wear masks indoors from August 4th.
The recent increase in coronavirus infections in the United States, especially in states with low vaccination rates, has prompted warn Opinions from public health experts and call for more Americans to be vaccinated with injections that are widely used in the country.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters that as of July 31, there were 72,000 new COVID-19 cases in the United States every day. This is higher than the average of 57,000 infections per day in the previous week.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the White House, warn On Sunday, the country was considering “some pain and suffering in the future because we see an increase in cases”, adding that “the solution is vaccination”.
US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham announced on Monday that despite being vaccinated, he tested positive for COVID-19, had flu-like symptoms, and would self-quarantine for 10 days.
“I’m glad I got the vaccine, because if I hadn’t been vaccinated, I’m sure I wouldn’t feel as good as I am now. My symptoms will be worse,” 66-year-old Graham wrote on Twitter.
I think I have a sinus infection and I currently have mild symptoms.
I want to quarantine for ten days.
I am very happy that I was vaccinated because if I had not been vaccinated, I am sure I would not feel as good as I am now.
My symptoms will be worse.
-Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 2, 2021
The Republican Party is the leading conservative figure in the U.S. Senate. He said he began to show flu-like symptoms on July 31 and sought medical attention on Monday morning.
At the same time, Florida is struggling to deal with a large number of hospital patients carrying the Delta virus. Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order last week banning schools from requiring masks.
This is something CDC has Respected Last week, even vaccinated Americans had to wear masks in indoor public places.
Florida is one of the worst states break out According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the country and about a quarter of COVID-19 patients hospitalized nationwide.
Mary Mayhew, head of the Florida Hospital Association, said, Current surge In less than 30 days, the number of COVID hospitalizations soared from 2,000 to 10,000, although the death toll is still far below the previous peak.
Mayhew told the US news media MSNBC on Monday: “We have 25-year-olds in the hospital receiving intensive care on a ventilator,” he added, in a Jacksonville hospital, the average age is 42 years old.
Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told reporters that in the past week, Florida and Texas have reported a third of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
He pointed out that, just like many other US public health officials during the recent surge in infections, cases are concentrated in communities with low vaccination rates.
Nevertheless, more people are receiving their jabs. Zients said the average number of new people vaccinated every day has increased by nearly 70% in the past few weeks.
In the past 7 days, 3 million Americans received the first dose of the vaccine, and the country reached a milestone on Monday when 70% of adults received at least one vaccine.
“There are still about 90 million eligible Americans who have not been vaccinated, and we need them to do their part,” Zients said.
Zients said that after President Joe Biden last week called on states to use federal funds to pay $100 to anyone vaccinated, the White House is working with states to encourage vaccinations through incentives.
He said the White House’s policy of urging all federal employees to get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 every week would help stimulate more workplaces to implement similar policies for their employees, adding that vaccination requirements for returning to work or school It is a growing trend.