COVID: Three states are seeing about 40% of the country’s new cases

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By Madeline Holcombe, CNN

(CNN) — While Covid-19 cases in the United States have been rising in almost every state over the past week, a handful have been driving the bulk of the nationwide surge.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters Thursday the country has “fundamentally changed the course of this pandemic” and the threat of serious disease and death now is to the unvaccinated.

He said counties with the highest case rates have significantly lower vaccination rates than other areas. And a few states have seen many of the new cases.

“This week, just three states Florida, Texas and Missouri, three states with lower vaccination rates accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide,” Zients said at a White House news conference. “For the second week in a row, one in five of all cases occurring in Florida alone. And within communities, these cases are primarily among unvaccinated people.”

But Florida is one of five states with the highest case rates that had a higher rate of people getting vaccinated compared to the national average, he said.

“Each shot matters,” he said. “Each additional person fully vaccinated is a step closer to putting this pandemic behind us.”

The US is averaging 34,056 new Covid-19 cases each day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University — a 55% increase over last week.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently said he will not be implementing another mask mandate. He told CNN affiliate KPRC he believes enough immunity has been acquired through vaccines or exposure and it would be inappropriate to force people who are already immune to wear a mask.

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According to CDC data, 43.1% of the Texas population is fully vaccinated. The CDC advises people should get vaccinated regardless of whether they’ve had Covid-19 and many doctors believe the immunity you get from vaccination is likely stronger than the immunity you get from previous infection.

Young people intubated with Covid-19 should be ‘a gigantic wakeup call,’ Alabama doctor says

With Covid-19 cases rising and vaccination rates on the decline, health experts say they are concerned about the next chapter in the pandemic — especially for younger Americans, who they say are feeling the impacts.

“We do know that in our ICUs, we are seeing younger people intubated who are very sick or who are on the floors and are very sick,” said Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “That should be a gigantic wake-up call.”

With one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, Marrazzo said, Alabama is “at the beginning of a wildfire” when it comes to Covid-19 spread. And like many other health professionals in states with low vaccination rates, she said she desperately hopes stories and data showing the impact of the virus will motivate younger people to get vaccinated.

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