The number of new confirmed daily infections has now reached over 100,000 for the United States as of Saturday.
The last time numbers were this high was during the winter surge. The Delta variant and low vaccination rates in the south were part of the spike in cases.
Across the country 50% of adults are fully vaccinated and 70% have received at least one dose.
Officials worry that that continuance of low vaccine rates will increase hospital and death rates.
Hospital and death rates remain below the peak point since the pandemic began but are steadily increasing. 44,000 people are hospitalized right now due to the virus which has gone up 30% in one week and is 4 times the rate it was in June.
The Southeast represents some of the highest numbers the country is seeing right now with Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky making up 41% of all new hospitalizations according to the CDC.
Houston officials in Texas are saying that patients are being transferred out of the city as far as North Dakota due to no beds being available.
The chief medical officer for Houston, Dr. David Persse, says he sees ambulances waiting hours to unload patients and fears it will lead to prolonged wait times for 911 calls.
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