The United States is now recording an average of 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, returning to a level not reached during the winter wave, which once again reminds us of how quickly the Delta variant has spread throughout the country.
At the end of June, the United States was recording an average of 11,000 cases per day. Now the number is 107,143.
It took about nine months for the United States to break through the average 100,000 case mark in November, before reaching a peak of around 250,000 cases in early January. The number of cases hit its lowest level in June, but it took about six weeks to climb back above the 100,000 mark, despite a vaccine being given to more than 70% of the adult population.
The seven-day average of new daily deaths has also increased, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It has fallen, over the past two weeks, from around 270 deaths per day to nearly 500 per day as of Friday.
The virus is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations, particularly in the south, where hospitals have been inundated with patients.
The number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has also skyrocketed, and the situation is such that many hospitals are scrambling to find beds for patients in remote locations.
Last weekend, a Houston patient had to be transferred to North Dakota for medical treatment. An 11-month-old girl with COVID-19 who was having seizures had to be transported Thursday from Houston to Temple, a hospital 274 km away.