Published: Saturday, 13 November 2021 17:20
Children from ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images
- New COVID-19 cases remain at slightly more than 70,000 a day in the United States.
- The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 remains about the same while deaths declined.
- The daily vaccination rate in the United States is steady at 1.3 million. Nonetheless, experts say elected and community leaders still need to continue to promote the benefits of vaccination.
Editor’s note: This story is updated regularly as new statistics are released.
The average number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States rose slightly this past week, while deaths declined and hospitalizations remained steady.
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average number of new COVID-19 cases increased to about 73,000 a day, about 8,000 more than a week ago. The numbers included the 132,000 new cases reported on Nov. 8.
The total number of new COVID-19 cases for the week that ended Sunday, Nov. 7 was listed at 511,358, increasing 1 percent from the previous week.
Deaths attributed to COVID-19 for the same time period were listed as 8,557, a decrease of 14 percent from the prior week.
Hospitalizations are sitting at 43,000, about 2,000 fewer than a week ago.
Meanwhile, the 7-day average of vaccine doses administered in the United States remained at 1.3 million.
Overall, the United States has reported at 47 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States have now surpassed 760,000.The rate of transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on a county-by-county basis as of Nov. 9. Source: CDC
Experts say that despite the somewhat stable weekly numbers, the pandemic isn’t behind us. They say the leveling off of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations signals some trends and behaviors that need to be closely watched.
“This likely is the consequence of two phenomena,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told Healthline. “First, the plateauing of vaccinations of previously unvaccinated persons and, second, the increasing tendency of people to attend crowded indoor events without wearing masks or social distancing.
“We cannot let our guard down, or the virus will continue to find and infect unvaccinated persons and send them to the hospital,” Schaffner added.
Dr. Jamila Taylor, director of healthcare reform and a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, also expressed hope and caution.
“I think people should know that while things seem to be turning around, it is still incredibly important to get vaccinated, wear your masks, practice good hygiene, and do all you can to protect yourself and those around you,” Taylor told Healthline.
“One thing that continues to ring true in the midst of this pandemic is that we are all in this together,” she said. “It will take the work of all of us to see it truly end.”
When might we see the end of the pandemic, and what might life look like, at least in the United States?
“It is hard to even envision this thing being completely eliminated,” Taylor said. “Even if the virus itself were to be eliminated, the effects will be seen over the long term, for sure. The economic, mental, and physical health effects of COVID-19 have changed the lives of millions of people.”
“With luck and at my most optimistic, we might be beyond the pandemic phase of COVID-19 as early as this winter,” Schaffner said. “Much depends upon how rapidly the last vaccine holdouts accept vaccination and how quickly we can vaccinate children.
“However, our efforts to control COVID will not be as comprehensive or effective as was the elimination of measles,” Schaffner said. “The COVID virus will not disappear. We will have to learn how to cope with it as we do with influenza. We may need periodic booster doses of COVID vaccine, but that interval has yet to be determined.”
There were 24 states that reported an increase in new COVID-19 cases for the week that ended Sunday, Nov. 7. There were 17 states the previous week.
New Hampshire had the largest jump, with a 76 percent increase to 4,807 cases. Nevada was next with a 63 percent hike to 5,425 cases.
Minnesota reported a 58 percent increase to 27,458 cases, while Vermont saw a 57 percent jump to 2,122 cases.
In overall numbers, the CDC reports that California had the most new cases in the past 7 days with 43,293.
New York was second with 34,454 new cases this past week. Pennsylvania recorded 32,969 new cases, with Ohio right behind with 30,097 cases.
Michigan was fifth with 26,193 cases the past 7 days.
The CDC reports that North Dakota is the leader per capita, with 447 cases per 100,000 residents over the past 7 days.
Minnesota is a close second with 445 cases per 100,000 residents, while Alaska registered 412 cases per 100,000 residents.
Vermont is fourth with 407 cases per 100,000 people and Colorado is fifth with 377 cases per 100,000 residents.
Georgia has the lowest per capita rate at 48 cases per 100,000 residents. Louisiana is next with nearly 49 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Florida with 50 cases per 100,000 residents and Hawaii with 53 cases per 100,000 residents.
Here’s a look at those states with the highest per capita caseload and their percentage of fully vaccinated people:StateDaily cases per 100,000 residentsFull vaccination rateNorth Dakota44748%Minnesota44562%Alaska41253%Vermont40972%Colorado37762%Source: CDC
There were 17 states that reported an increase in deaths related to COVID-19 for the week that ended Sunday, Nov. 7. There were 19 the previous week.
Wyoming had the highest jump, with an increase of 176 percent to 69 deaths. Next was Oregon, with a 115 percent hike to 190 deaths.
South Dakota recorded an 88 percent increase with 32 deaths, while Hawaii reported a 64 percent increase to 46 deaths.
Texas recorded the most COVID-19 deaths over the past 7 days with 754.
California was next with 529 deaths, Ohio with 519 deaths, and Pennsylvania with 478 deaths. Georgia was 5th with 356 deaths in the past 7 days.
Alaska has the highest death rate per capita with nearly 12 per 100,000 residents. Wyoming was next with more than 9 per 100,000 people, followed by Kansas and West Virginia with more than 5 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Florida has the lowest per capita rate at 0.2 per 100,000 people after recording only 33 deaths the past 7 days.
Where we are with vaccines
The CDC reports there have been more than 437 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across the United States.
More than 225 million people have received at least one dose. More than 194 million people are fully vaccinated.
The numbers include the more than 27 million people who have received COVID-19 boosters since they were made available.
That means that 68 percent of the total U.S. population has received at least one dose. More than 81 percent of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose. Nearly 99 percent of people 65 years and older have received at least one dose.
California has administered the most doses, with more than 56 million. That’s followed by Texas with more than 35 million.
Florida has administered more than 29 million doses, while New York is close behind at more than 28 million doses. Pennsylvania is 5th with more than 18 million doses.
None of those states, however, is in the top five for the percentage of the population that’s received at least one dose:States with the highest percentage of vaccination (total population)1. Massachusetts: 82%2. Vermont: 81%3. Pennsylvania: 81%4. Connecticut: 80%5. Hawaii: 80%Source: COVID Act Now
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization allowing children 5 to 11 years old to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Nearly 1 million children in that age group were vaccinated during the first week the shots were available.
Taylor and Schaffner both say the vaccination of children is crucial.
“I think it will have a major impact,” Taylor said. “Cases among children have been rising, and many parents remain fearful about transmission among their children. Back to school has been particularly stressful because of this.
“Ensuring a safe and effective vaccine for this age group is also critical in increasing our overall number of vaccinated people in the U.S.,” she said.
“It is very important for children 5 to 11 years old to be vaccinated both to protect themselves and to protect their communities,” Schaffner said. “We all know that children are less severely affected by COVID than are adults, particularly older adults. However, that does not mean that children remain unscathed.”
Young children can be transmitters,” he added, “spreading the disease to older persons who can become seriously ill. All these are reasons for young children to be vaccinated. In addition, vaccinating youngsters can help make day care and schools safer for all.”
Schaffner said the country needs to continue to encourage people to get vaccinated.
“We do not have an excess of vaccinations. Enough people are not yet vaccinated,” he said. “There still are many communities with relatively low vaccination rates. There continue to be healthcare workers and adults working in our schools who are unvaccinated.”
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