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  • The delta variant is spreading across the United States and is now responsible for more than 80 percent of new coronavirus cases in four states.
  • The delta variant of the coronavirus is surging in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Connecticut.
  • Three of the four states have a lower vaccination rate than the national average.

As the delta variant spreads across the United States, it is now responsible for more than 80 percent of new coronavirus cases in four states.

According to data from Scripps Research’s Outbreak.info, the delta variant of the coronavirus is surging in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Connecticut, where it is responsible for a majority of new cases. 

Ninety-six percent of Missouri’s new COVID-19 cases have been traced to the delta variant — the highest percentage of new cases caused by this strain for any U.S. state.


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These surges in delta cases are occurring in areas that have a lower-than-average vaccination rate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average vaccination rate is 47.5 percent. Missouri’s vaccination rate is 36.8 percent, Arkansas is 32 percent, and Kansas is just below 40 percent, as reported by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Tracker.


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Published on Jul 06, 2021