95 percent of US counties now seeing 'high' COVID-19 transmission rate: CDC data

More than 95 percent of U.S. counties are now seeing “high” rates of COVID-19 transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC's COVID Data Tracker revealed on Tuesday that 95.19 percent of counties in the U.S. are seeing “high” rates of transmission, meaning there were at least 100 new cases reported per 100,000 people in the past seven days.

Around 2 percent of counties are seeing “substantial” and “low” rates of transmission, and less than 1 percent of counties are seeing “moderate” rates of transmission.

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The U.S. is seeing a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases, driven largely by the highly infectious delta variant, which is more contagious than previous versions of the virus.

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party Webb: Pretzel logic  More than 40 Texas hospitals face ICU bed shortages MORE, President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE's chief medical adviser, said on Sunday that the delta variant is "over 99 percent dominant."

The U.S. surpassed 40 million COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to data from the CDC. More than 647,000 people in the U.S. have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

The majority of recent COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, however, have been among unvaccinated individuals, further bolstering evidence that the shots are effective against severe illness.

Seventy-five percent of adults in the U.S. are now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, a milestone that was announced by a White House official on Tuesday.

More than 1.5 million shots were administered between Sunday and Tuesday, according to Cyrus Shahpar, the White House's COVID-19 data director, which lifted U.S. adults above the 75 percent benchmark.

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