The seven-date average of coronavirus cases in the United States by day has passed the peak of last summer when a COVID-19 vaccine was not available. CNBC reports a seven-day moving average of 72,790 cases on Friday.
The number provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is higher than the peak of last summer where there were 68,000_ new cases per day. On Saturday, the cases reverted to 68,326 and 63,250 on Sunday.
“While we desperately want to be done with this pandemic, Covid-19 is clearly not done with us and so, our battle must last a little longer,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House Covid briefing. “This is hard. This is heavy. But, we are in this together. And as we learn more about Covid, we continue to rely on proven ways to protect ourselves, our children and our loved ones.”
The spike in COVID cases is due to the delta variant. The seven-day average of hospital admissions is about 6,200 per day, a 41% increase from the previous seven-day period.
The push for vaccinations continue as the shots are highly protective against the new variant. As of Monday, 70% of U.S. adults had atleast one shot of the vaccine.