The total COVID-19 cases in Florida reached nearly 46,000 this week, approximately 20% of all new cases in the country, reports show.
The impressive number is twice that of last week and nearly four times bigger than the cases of mid-June, statistics from the Florida Health Department suggest.
Also, the health department reported 231 new deaths, a considerable increase from the 172 reported in the week ending on July 9, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
The states with the most extensive outbreaks include Missouri, Nevada, and Arkansas, which all registered low vaccination rates of only 50% of the population with one dose at least.
Additionally, some rural areas register vaccination rates as low as 20%.
Reports suggest that the states with rates of 70% or over are doing a lot better.
Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referred to the current situation as to a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” mainly thanks to the correlation between the percentage of unvaccinated individuals and fatalities.
Walensky also explained that the vaccinated are relatively safe, while unvaccinated individuals are “at risk.”
According to her, 97% of the recently hospitalized citizens are unvaccinated ones.
“Our biggest concern is we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths among the unvaccinated,” she said.
The USA is averaging roughly 26,000 cases each day, an approximately 70% increase from last week’s average, Walensky mentioned.
According to her, states with spikes in the number of new cases should consider re-instating mask-wearing indoors.
The pandemic has claimed many lives so far, and it is a shame that so many people refuse to get vaccinated and help put an end to it.