More than 95 percent of U.S. counties are now seeing “high” rates of COVID-19 transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker revealed on Tuesday that 95.19 percent of counties in the U.S. are seeing a “high” rate of transmission, meaning there were at least 100 new cases reported per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
Around 2 percent of counties are seeing “substantial” and “low” rates of transmission, and less than one percent of counties are seeing “moderate” rates of transmission.
The U.S. is seeing a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases, driven largely by the highly infectious delta variant, which is more contagious than previous versions of the virus.
The U.S. surpassed 40 million COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to data from the CDC. More than 647,000 people in the U.S. have died since the beginning of the pandemic.
The majority of recent COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, however, have been among unvaccinated individuals, further bolstering evidence that the shots are effective against severe illness.
Seventy-five percent of adults in the U.S. are now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, a milestone that was announced by a White House official on Tuesday.
More than 1.5 million shots were administered between Sunday and Tuesday, according to White House COVID-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar, which lifted U.S. adults above the 75 percent benchmark.