US sees COVID-19 cases rise by 135% in the last two weeks with nearly every state reporting an increase in infections as the Indian 'Delta' variant overtakes the country

 COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising throughout the country as the Indian 'Delta' variant continues to spread.

On Thursday, the U.S. recorded 28,412 new cases with a seven-day rolling average of 26,079, a 135 percent increase from the 11,067 average recorded two weeks ago.   

Nearly every state and the District of Columbia have seen infections rise in the last week, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data.

What's more, about 40 states have seen their infection rates increase by at least 50 percent with some of the biggest rises seen in hotspots such as Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri.

The White House also said on Friday that Florida has accounted for one in five cases of COVID-19 this week.

Officials blame a mix of low vaccination rates and the spread of the Delta variant, which now makes up about 60 percent of all new cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

With cases doubling every two weeks, this means the U.S. could see 50,000 cases per day by the end of July and 100,000 per day at the end of the month.

Even with deaths being a lagging indicator, fatalities are unlikely to rise by as much or a quickly due to vaccinations.

It comes as CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. is becoming 'a pandemic of the unvaccinated.' 

She said that the majority of coronavirus cases, hospitalization and deaths are now occurring among people who haven't gotten two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  


The U.S. recorded 28,412 new cases with a seven-day rolling average of 26,079, a 135% increase from the 11,067 average recorded two weeks ago

The U.S. recorded 28,412 new cases with a seven-day rolling average of 26,079, a 135% increase from the 11,067 average recorded two weeks ago

With cases doubling every two weeks, this means the U.S. could see 50,000 cases per day by the end of July and 100,000 per day at the end of the month

With cases doubling every two weeks, this means the U.S. could see 50,000 cases per day by the end of July and 100,000 per day at the end of the month

Nearly every state and the District of Columbia have seen infections rise in the last week

Nearly every state and the District of Columbia have seen infections rise in the last week 

CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said the virus is becoming 'a pandemic of the unvaccinated' during a press conference on Friday

CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said the virus is becoming 'a pandemic of the unvaccinated' during a press conference on Friday


Missouri continues to be one of the nation's COVID-19 epicenters with average cases rising by 83 percent from 1,029 per day to 1,892 per day in the last two weeks. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly the state's vaccination rate is behind the national average with 46 percent of residents having received received at least one dose, and 40 percent fully vaccinated.

Comparatively, 55.8 percent of the U.S. has received at least one dose and 48.3 percent are fully vaccinated.

Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently admitted that the federal health agency is more concerned about Missouri than any other state

'When I look at the map Missouri actually jumps out as the place that I'm most worried about because there's a lot of cases now happening very rapidly,' he told McClatchy.

'The chances of getting infected in Missouri are getting really high and that means potentially serious illness or even death.' 

The outbreak is being driven by the Delta variant, which makes up more than 97 percent of cases in the state, especially spreading like wildfire in the southwest.


Missouri continues to be one of the nation's COVID-19 epicenters with average cases risen by 83% from 1,029 per day to 1,892 per day in the last two weeks

Missouri continues to be one of the nation's COVID-19 epicenters with average cases risen by 83% from 1,029 per day to 1,892 per day in the last two weeks

In nearby Arkansas, cases have risen from an average of 515 per day two weeks ago to 1,444 per day on Thursday, a 185% increase

In nearby Arkansas, cases have risen from an average of 515 per day two weeks ago to 1,444 per day on Thursday, a 185% increase

In Louisiana, COVID-19 cases have risen by 466% from 299 per to 1,695 per day over the last 14 days

In Louisiana, COVID-19 cases have risen by 466% from 299 per to 1,695 per day over the last 14 days

In Springfield, the two hospitals, CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield, are currently treating more COVID-19 patients now than at any time during the pandemic.

CoxHealth says 16 patients have died in the last week alone. .

'We went from virtually zero patients to about 100-plus in about seven months in the first couple waves, and in this wave we went from, at least at Cox, about 14 patients seven weeks ago to about 130 today,' CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards said at a news conference on Wednesday. 

'So the ramp up time has been accelerated, almost triple.' 

In nearby Arkansas, cases have risen from an average of 515 per day two weeks ago to 1,444 per day on Thursday, a 185 percent increase, the DailyMail.com analysis found.

Only 35.1 percent of the population is fully vaccinated as infection double every 10 day according to Dr Cam Patterson, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  

Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson (R) has been pleading with residents to get vaccinated and has attended community events across the state in an attempt to boost vaccination rates. 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas said he believes mask mandate should be reinstated due to the surge of cases.

'Yeah it was a bad idea,' Michael John Gray told KATV in reference to a March law that restricts the return of mask mandates. 

'I don't like it, I don't like things shut down, I don't like capacity, but if that's what we have to do to make sure we're all year this time next year.' 


In nearby Louisiana, cases have risen by 466 percent from 299 per to 1,695 per day over the last 14 days. 

Dr Frank Courmier, the medical director for pulmonary and critical services at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, told CNN that the COVID-19 patients admitted to his hospital are in their 30s and 40s, much younger than in previous waves. 

'We're getting people in their third and fourth decades, otherwise healthy with no real preexisting conditions coming in, unvaccinated and very sick, very fast,' he said. 'We see almost no vaccinated patients.'  

Louisiana has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates of the country with about 36 percent fully vaccinated, CDC data show.

The low rate shows. In a release on Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health revealed that 94 percent of the state's 19,200 cases in May were among people who did not complete their vaccine series.  

The data are very clear,' said Dr Joseph Kanter, Louisiana's State Health Officer, in the release. 

'COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated people in Louisiana are surging. COVID-19 hospitalizations, percent positivity and COVID-19 outbreaks are all on the rise.

'All people in Louisiana, especially those who are not yet vaccinated, should know they are now at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to the more transmissible Delta variant, and they should consider their personal risk and their family's risk.'

Meanwhile, the White House said on Friday that Florida has accounted for one in five new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. over the last week.

According to data from the CDC, there were 7,011 new cases reported on July 14 with the seven-day rolling average currently sitting at 5,621.

Despite the growing number of cases, Florida Gov Ron DeSantis vowed not to enact any mandates or orders.

'No mandates for anything, these are individual choices,' DeSantis said at a press conference on Tuesday. 

'I made comments at the end of April or beginning of May, I said "Look, this is a seasonal pattern" We knew it was going to be low in May and it was low, and we knew when we got to the end of June, July, it was going to go up, and it was because that's what it did last year and it's not unique just to Florida.'

Israel once led the entire world in the vaccine race, vaccinating 61% of its population with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine but now the country is dealing with a surge in cases

Israel once led the entire world in the vaccine race, vaccinating 61% of its population with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine but now the country is dealing with a surge in cases

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 'weaker' against the Indian 'Delta' variant than health officials had hoped, a new report from Israel says.

On Friday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a discussion about the coronavirus with his Cabinet at the Kirya in Tel Aviv.

Israel once led the entire world in the vaccine race, vaccinating 61 percent of its population with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine but now the country is dealing with a surge in cases.

As of June 6, the vaccine provides 64 percent protection against infection from the variant, according to the Israeli government

At the moment, there is an idea that is spreading to the effect that the protective ability of the existing vaccines against the Delta mutation is weaker than what we had hoped,' Bennett said.   

'We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less. We are all hoping to see a slowdown but the facts at the moment are that there is no slowdown, not here and not in the world.' 

US sees COVID-19 cases rise by 135% in the last two weeks with nearly every state reporting an increase in infections as the Indian 'Delta' variant overtakes the country US sees COVID-19 cases rise by 135% in the last two weeks with nearly every state reporting an increase in infections as the Indian 'Delta' variant overtakes the country Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 06:25 Rating: 5

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