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- CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy advised against traveling over the long weekend.
- National data shows new cases rising, with the prediction of more deaths to follow.
Ahead of Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is preemptively recommending that travelers stay home amid the continued delta outbreaks.
National data reports that new infections are continuing to rise as the country heads into the early fall months.
“Given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take their own risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House Covid briefing Tuesday, per reports. “If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling.”
Walensky added that those who are vaccinated and are willing to wear masks can travel safely.
New cases have risen by 15 percent over the past two weeks, with more than 158,000 new confirmed infections reported on Monday alone.
Southern and southeastern states like Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Carolina continue to be hotbeds of virus transmission.
Other nearby states, however, including Louisiana and Missouri, have reported declines after major surges of new infections.
Current CDC predictions expect the rate of deaths to continue to increase as far as four weeks from now.