The average number of daily COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has increased to its highest level since early March, as the highly contagious delta variant infects individuals nationwide.
The U.S. is seeing an average of more than 1,900 COVID-19 deaths a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University cited by The Associated Press.
The average number of deaths has risen 40 percent over the past two weeks, the AP noted, increasing from 1,387 to 1,947.
The increased statistics come as the delta variant spreads throughout the U.S., posing a threat to communities nationwide — especially pockets of the country that are largely unvaccinated.
Most of the recent COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have been among unvaccinated individuals, bolstering evidence that the shots are effective in protecting against serious illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month announced the results of a study that found unvaccinated individuals are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people.
The study also found that unvaccinated populations are over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and that individuals who did not receive their shots are 4.5 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than those who are fully inoculated.
More than 54 percent of the total U.S. population is vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC.
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The regulation, which could affect nearly 80 million workers, is expected to be issued by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the coming weeks.