With U.S. Covid cases rising, the country is also administering vaccination shots at the fastest speed ever. Cases are on the rise in 27 states, with Michigan continuing to lead the nation in daily new infections per capita.
US Covid cases
After more than 70,000 coronavirus cases reported on Monday, the 7-day average of daily new cases in the US is 68,960, according to Johns Hopkins University. That number is up 7% over a week.
Michigan again reported the highest number of new infections per capita every day, according to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins data. On Monday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky that the state should “shut things down” as it deals with the surge and that a surge in Covid-19 vaccinations alone will not stop the spread of the virus.
Michigan has nearly 7,300 new cases a day, near the state’s pandemic high of more than 8,300 a day in December. Hospital stays and deaths are also increasing in the state.
US Covid deaths
The 7-day average of daily reported Covid deaths in the US is 962, Johns Hopkins data shows.
The recent trend in the death toll is influenced by a release of approximately 1,800 Oklahoma deaths due to the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s transition to data reporting guidelines in accordance with CDC requirements. These deaths are currently all reported for April 7th, even if they occurred previously.
Prior to this reporting anomaly, the daily US Covid death toll had declined from record levels in January.
US vaccine shots administered
CDC data shows 2.6 million vaccine doses were administered on Monday, bringing the 7-day average of reported doses administered in the US to a record 3.2 million per day.
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is calling on states to temporarily stop using Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine “out of caution” after six women in the US developed a rare bleeding disorder.
“Right now, these adverse events seem extremely rare,” the FDA said in a joint statement with the CDC.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
More than 120 million people, or 36% of the US population, have received one or more doses of a Covid vaccine. More than one in five Americans is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Almost 80% of those over 65 have received at least one dose, and 62% are fully vaccinated.