The number of lab-confirmed COVID hospitalizations in Texas broke 4,000 on Friday for the first time since March, a worrying sign of the pandemic’s quick resurgence since the Delta variant was discovered in the state.
The milestone comes amid rising COVID cases and hospitalizations across the country, especially in states with below-average vaccination rates. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that unvaccinated Americans were driving infection numbers “in the wrong direction.”
““It is really a pandemic among the unvaccinated,” Fauci said, adding, “It’s like you have two kinds of America. You have the very vulnerable unvaccinated part and you have the really relatively protected vaccinated part. If you are vaccinated, you are in a very different category than someone who is not vaccinated.”
Nationally, about 57 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The White House said 40 percent of all new cases last week were recorded in Florida, Texas and Missouri — all of which fall below the national vaccination rate. In Texas, 52 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated. Read more about the recent spike in COVID hospitalizations in this Houston Chronicle news article.
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