As the number of vaccinations across the U.S. increases, the national number of new COVID-19 infections continues to plummet. And with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approving children and adolescents 12 years old and up to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, cases will likely continue to drop further. But not everywhere is seeing numbers go where they want them to, as COVID cases are still rising in four states right now, according to data from The Washington Post.
The U.S. has come a long way in terms of daily national COVID-19 cases, as the 7-day average dropped to its lowest point in nearly a year on May 17, to 32,434. Despite the 18 percent national decrease in the past week, some states are still seeing their own figures head in the wrong direction as the daily average vaccination rate continues to drop off, according to data from The New York Times.
During a press conference held on May 17, President Joe Biden urged those who had not yet been vaccinated to do so, saying it would be a “tragedy” to watch COVID case numbers increase among people who weren’t protected from the virus. “We know there will be advances and setbacks, and we know that there are many flare-ups that could occur. But if the unvaccinated get vaccinated, they will protect themselves and other unvaccinated people around them,” Biden said.
The news also comes days after the CDC announced the most significant change in its COVID guidelines to date, suggesting it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to be indoors and outdoors without masks. But during an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace on May 16, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, warned that cases could rise again in certain areas if local officials don’t consider the conditions in their jurisdictions before making changes to public health precautions.
“I want to make sure everybody understands … we’re not a homogeneous country,” she explained. “There are some places that have more disease than others and less vaccination rates than others, and what I would say is in those communities, they should still be looking within those communities before removing mask policies.”
Read on to find out which four states are seeing a rising number of cases, according to May 18 data from The Washington Post.
New cases in the last seven days: 12 cases per 100,000 people
Percent increase in the last seven days: 2 percent
New cases in the last seven days: 9 cases per 100,000 people
Percent increase in the last seven days: 4 percent
New cases in the last seven days: 6 cases per 100,000 people
Percent increase in the last seven days: 6 percent
New cases in the last seven days: 14 cases per 100,000 people
Percent increase in the last seven days: 115 percent