COVID-19 cases are continuing to spike in communities where vaccination rates are low, leading to what CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, called "a pandemic of the unvaccinated."
Walensky reported sobering numbers during a news conference Friday: The most recent 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases was more than 26,300, up 70% from the previous week. The average of daily deaths is now 211 – an increase of 26%.
"There is a clear message that's coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated," Walensky said. "We are seeing outbreaks in parts of the country where we're seeing low vaccination coverage."