Delta variant accounts for nearly 60 percent of new COVID cases in U.S; FL cases overall are climbing

By: - July 15, 2021 8:04 pm

This is an image of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus is now creating mutations that are spreading in the United States and elsewhere, including the Delta variant. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab

The contagious Delta variant first identified in India now accounts for 57.6 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the United States, with high percentages in several states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show Missouri with the highest percentage of Delta variant cases, accounting for 75 percent of COVID cases.

Other states with high Delta numbers are Nevada (44.1 percent), Colorado (36.5 percent), California (31.1 percent), New Jersey, (28.6 percent) and Texas, (21.7 percent), according to the CDC.

Delta was first detected in March 2021 in the United States.

In Florida, the Delta variant accounts for 13.4 percent of new COVID cases, according to the CDC.

The United Kingdom variant, which has been circulating in the U.S. since December 2020, is still the most prevalent variant in Florida, accounting for 48.4 percent of new COVID cases, according to the CDC.

What has been called the Brazil variant, detected in the U.S. since January 2021, represents 18.1 percent of new COVID cases.

Meanwhile, new COVID cases are on the rise across the country, according to the CDC data, and new cases in Florida are increasing as well. On July 14, Florida’s new cases spiked at 7,011, the highest figure since mid-April.

Meanwhile, 47.3 percent of Florida residents have been fully vaccinated, slightly less than the national average of 48.3 percent.

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.