As states and cities grapple with a wave of COVID-19, health officials are finding that the majority coexist among unvaccinated people.
More than 90 percent of active COVID-19 cases in Mississippi are among unvaccinated people, Governor Tate Reeves, a Republican, said at a news conference Wednesday.
He also stated that 90 percent of hospitalized patients in the state were unvaccinated.
Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate of any state in the country, with only 38 percent of residents receiving at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.
Meanwhile, health officials in Los Angeles County announced that all patients hospitalized in county hospitals were unvaccinated.
Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves encourages residents of his state to get vaccinated as 90 percent of active COVID cases are unvaccinated
Incidence rate of the Detla variant in Mississippi. The variant accounts for 13 percent of cases in the state, compared to weeks before weeks
“Let me be clear, there is no doubt that a majority of the new cases reported today and reported in the past week or so are the Delta variant,” Reeves said.
“It turns out to be highly contagious and there appears to be poor outcomes.”
Dates from Outbreak.info shows that the Indian ‘Delta’ variant, a highly contagious variant that originated in the South Asian nation, accounts for 13 percent of cases in the state.
Reeves is urging residents of his state to get vaccinated to protect them from the virus.
“I continue to encourage my fellow Mississippians to get vaccinated. We worked exceptionally hard in January and February to make the vaccine available and easily accessible to any Mississippian who wanted it,” he said.
However, he is still against vaccine mandates and did not say whether he would offer incentives — such as a vaccine lottery — to get more residents vaccinated.
“I also believe in an individual’s right to make a choice from the perspective of his or her health care system – if for any reason they believe that the risk associated with getting the vaccine is greater than the risk associated with not getting the vaccine is a decision each individual has to make.”
Cases in the state are up 87 percent in the past two weeks, from 193 new cases per day on July 1 to 657 new cases per day through July 15.
The unvaccinated population of Los Angeles is also being hammered.
All patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County have not been vaccinated, according to county officials
Incidence rate of the Delta variant in Los Angeles County. The variant accounts for 40 percent of new cases in the province
“To date, we have not admitted a patient to a DHS hospital who has been fully vaccinated with the J&J, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, during a statement. news item on Tuesday.
“Every patient we have admitted for COVID is not yet fully vaccinated.”
She also said the Delta variant was primarily responsible for new cases in the province.
About 40 percent of cases are in the state of the Delta variant, per Outbreak.info.
The number of cases in the country has risen sharply in the past two weeks, rising 256 percent from 302 on June 30 to 1077 on July 14.
Across the country, the unvaccinated have been hammered by COVID-19, while vaccinated people remain relatively safe.
In May, 99 percent of COVID deaths in the United States were among unvaccinated people.
The number of cases in the country is starting to rise again, especially in unvaccinated parts of the southern and midwestern United States.
In the United States, the number of cases has increased by 84 percent in the past two weeks, from 12,540 new cases on average per day on June 30 and 23,151 new cases on July 14.
Currently, 68 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 59 percent are fully vaccinated.