Pandemic of unvaccinated continues to rage as states set new COVID records

Emergency medicine specialist Dr. Davis Wein walks in a parking garage that was turned into a series of COVID-19 test tents at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, on August 19, 2020.

Enlarge / Emergency medicine specialist Dr. Davis Wein walks in a parking garage that was turned into a series of COVID-19 test tents at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, on August 19, 2020. (credit: Getty | The Washington Post)

As the hypertransmissible delta coronavirus variant continues its rampage through the unvaccinated, several states continue to set new COVID-19 cases records and many hospitals are hitting their limits.

At least five states have exceeded their previous peaks of seven-day averages for new daily cases—Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii, Oregon, and Mississippi. Seven states have exceeded their most recent peaks in hospitalizations—Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oregon, and Washington.

Florida in particular has been ablaze with COVID-19. The Sunshine State exceeded its previous record average of around 16,000 new daily cases, which was set in January. The state is now averaging just under 22,000, according to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As for daily hospitalization tallies, Florida is currently at its all-time record of around 15,000, exceeding its previous highest peak of around 12,000 last July.

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