The CDC reported on August 13, 2021 that a total of 36,268,057 COVID-19 cases have been reported as of August 11, 2021. The current 7-day moving average of daily new cases (114,190) increased 18.4% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (96,454). The current 7-day moving average is 66.3% higher compared to the peak observed on July 20, 2020 (68,685). The current 7-day moving average is 65.0% lower than the peak observed on January 10, 2021 (254,023) and is 882.8% higher than the lowest value observed on June 19, 2021 (11,619).
The percentage of COVID-19 NAATs (nucleic acid amplification tests) that are positive has decreased from the previous week. The 7-day average of percent positivity from tests is now 9.7%. The 7-day average number of tests reported for July 30 through August 5 was 957,470, up 13.0% from 847,621 for the prior 7 days.
COVID-19 Vaccination Rates
As of August 12, 353.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. Overall, about 196.5 million people, or 59.2% of the total U.S. population, have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 167.4 million people, or 50.4% of the total U.S. population, have been fully vaccinated. As of August 12, 90.6% of people ages 65 or older have received at least one dose of vaccine and 80.6% are fully vaccinated. 71.5% of people ages 18 or older have received at least one dose of vaccine and 61.3% are fully vaccinated. For people ages 12 or older, 69.2% have received at least one dose of vaccine and 59% are fully vaccinated. As of August 12, the 7-day average number of administered vaccine doses reported (by date of CDC report) to CDC per day was 699,068, a 0.03% decrease from the previous week.
COVID-19 Hospitalization Trends
The current 7-day new hospital admissions average for August 4 through August 10 was 10,072, representing a 29.6% increase from the prior 7-day average (7,771) from July 28 through August 3. The 7-day moving average for new admissions has consistently increased since June 25, 2021. New admissions of patients with confirmed COVID-19 are currently at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic in Florida, Louisiana, and Oregon.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Children
Hospitalization rates in children ages 5 to 11 and 12 to 17 both increased over the past several weeks. Weekly rates in children ages 5 to 11 years, who are not eligible for available COVID-19 vaccines, increased from 0.2 per 100,000 population for the week ending June 19, 2021, to 0.4 per 100,000 for the week ending July 24, 2021. Rates in children 12–17 years, who are eligible for vaccination, have also increased in recent weeks.
As of August 11, a total of 617,096 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States. The current 7-day moving average of new deaths (492) has increased 21.0% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (407). The current 7-day moving average is 59.3% lower compared to the peak observed on August 2, 2020 (1,210). The current 7-day moving average is 86.5% lower than the peak observed on January 13, 2021 (3,640) and is 170.4% higher than the lowest value observed on July 10, 2021 (182).
Currently, four COVID-19 variants are classified as a variant of concern (VOC). For the week ending August 7, the combined proportion of cases attributed to Delta (B.1.617.2, AY.1, AY.2, AY.3) is estimated to increase to 97.4%; Alpha (B.1.1.7) proportion is estimated to decrease to 0.9%; Gamma (P.1) proportion is estimated to decrease to 0.5%; and Beta (B.1.351) is estimated to be less than 0.1%. Delta will continue to be the predominant variant circulating in all 10 HHS regions. Alpha is estimated to be 1.6% or less in all HHS regions. Gamma is estimated to be 1.2% or less in all HHS regions, and Beta is estimated to be less than 0.1% in all HHS regions.
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