(RepublicanNews.org) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that as of July 22, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in almost 90% of the United States. Around 35% of the nation’s counties are currently “experiencing high levels” of transmission. The seven-day moving average ending on July 22 additionally illustrated a 46.7% increase in new cases. However, that figure is 87.2% lower than the seven-day average as the pandemic’s peak.
The CDC went on to attribute the rise, in part, to the Delta variant. The original strain of COVID-19 is no longer detectable in the US, and the CDC currently estimates the Delta variant accounts for roughly 83.2% of recent cases.
The CDC recommends everyone take the proper precautions to protect themselves. This includes getting vaccinated if it’s available.
Mitch McConnell Speaks Out
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke out about the recent rise in COVID cases during a press conference earlier this week. He explained that citizens must get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as they possibly can. He appeared to hint another quarantine might occur if the situation doesn’t turn around quickly.
According to McConnell, if people didn’t get vaccinated, the country will “be back in a situation in the fall” that it won’t like… “[something] we went through last year.”
“This is not complicated,” he added.
Asked about Utah’s Democratic Gov. Spencer Cox, who recently alleged media outlets were contributing to the rising deaths, McConnell stated he would encourage Americans to ignore anyone handing out bad advice regarding the pandemic.
To reinforce his remarks, the Republican revealed that currently, 97% of hospitalized individuals had not received the COVID-19 vaccine. He also talked about his childhood battle with polio and how long it took scientists to develop a vaccine against its transmission.
McConnell then pointed out that it took decades to develop two polio vaccines, and scientists were able to accomplish the same feat with COVID-19 in less than a year.
The Senate Leader also posted a short clip from his press conference on his Twitter account along with the words “Get vaccinated!” across the top of the tweet.
These shots need to get into arms as rapidly as possible, or else we're gonna be back in a situation this fall like what we went through last year. pic.twitter.com/J4o6yL5cn4
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) July 20, 2021
Current Vaccination Statistics
As of July 22, CDC reports show a total of 340,363,922 doses across three COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. Of those, 56.5% of the total US population has received one dose, while 48.9% (162,435,276) are fully vaccinated.
A total of 89.3% of the highest at-risk group (people 65 years of age and older) received one dose; 79.7% of these individuals have both injections.
Sadly, with COVID on the rise, Leader McConnell’s prediction could come true. Los Angeles recently reinstated mask mandates. Other jurisdictions are considering imposing new restrictions as the Delta variant spreads.
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