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CDC Warns COVID Deaths Will Spike in These 10 States 

The Delta variant is preying on states with low vaccination rates.
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The CDC has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic will be particularly brutal for states with low vaccination rates. "With the Delta variant, vaccinating more Americans now is more urgent than ever. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates and among vaccinated people this moment. And most importantly, the associated illness suffering and deaths could have been avoided with higher vaccination coverage in this country." So where are those areas with "low vaccination rates"? Read on for each state—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Florida Has Entered a Peak Not Seen Since January

"Florida has entered a peak of COVID-19 cases not seen since January's surge as the state reported 16,038 new cases Tuesday to the federal government, the seventh consecutive day the state has reported more than 12,000 new daily cases," reports the Miami Herald. "The last time Florida had such high numbers of new COVID cases was on Jan. 7, when the state recorded 19,816 new cases, its highest single-day number of COVID cases. Florida accounted for about 20 percent of Tuesday's new reported COVID cases across the United States, according to the data Florida reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state also reported 92 new deaths on Tuesday."


Georgia Says Nearly All Deaths are Among Unvaccinated People

Downtowntown Atlanta, Georgia Skyline.

"New numbers from Georgia's Department of Public Health show nearly all new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state in the past seven months were among unvaccinated people," reports GPB News. "The DPH looked at what it calls 'breakthrough cases.' That's people who got sick and in very few cases died, even though they were fully vaccinated. Comparing those numbers to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records of COVID-19 cases and deaths, a little more than 98% of the over 335,000 COVID cases recorded in the study period were among the unvaccinated. The same is true with COVID deaths."


South Carolina Cases are on the Rise Yet Again

Charleston, South Carolina, USA at the historic homes on The Battery.

"COVID-19 cases are on the rise once again in South Carolina as the CDC releases new guidance on masking," reports WSPA. "This as less than 50% of South Carolinians are vaccinated. Medical experts say the current surge is mainly among the unvaccinated and the majority of cases are of the Delta variant. Doctors across the state are urging people to remain vigilant. In late June, Prisma Health reported 11 COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide. As of Wednesday that number rose to 111." "The infection is ramping up in a way that all the recommendations in the CDC guidelines apply to us," Dr. Helmut Albrecht, an infectious disease physician at Prisma Health, told the network.


Alabama Has Cases Rising Among Kids

Montgomery, Alabama

"There are currently 26 children being treated for COVID-19 in Alabama hospitals, according to Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association," reports "That's up from nine pediatric virus patients earlier this month, as COVID hospitalizations have skyrocketed in Alabama in July. Williamson said the rate new patients of all ages are coming in with COVID has him worried." "That's what's the most frightening," he said. "It's not the absolute number, it's the rate of growth both of the cases and of the hospitalizations… We've never seen this slope before."


Mississippi Officials Say Cases are 'Skyrocketing'

Mississippi welcome sign with the words "Birthplace of America's Music"

"Mississippi's top health official said hospitalizations are 'skyrocketing' as the number of COVID-19 cases rise," reports WAPT. "The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,908 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths. Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the number of hospitalizations and patients in the ICU are increasing, and the hospitalized patients are younger compared to last year at this time."


Missouri is Seeing Deaths Among the Unvaccinated

Kansas, Missouri

"Twenty-seven people at two southwest Missouri health systems died over the weekend from COVID-19," reports "Fifteen of the patients were at CoxHealth, president Steve Edwards posted on social media. None of them were vaccinated. They ranged in age from 34 to 86, CoxHealth spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said."

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Louisiana Doctors are Painting a "Grim Picture"

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA street cars.

"A Louisiana doctor has painted a grim picture of the spread of the coronavirus in the Bayou State, a spread fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant," reports Insider. "Right now in the community the spread is exponential, and that exponential spread is because of the Delta variant," the infectious-disease specialist Dr. Catherine O'Neal told CNN. "That's resulting in just an exponential number of patients coming into the hospital," added O'Neal, the chief medical officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Insider said the "Baton Rouge facility that has more COVID-19 patients than any other hospital in the state."


Tennessee Hospitalizations Have Doubled


"On July 16, there were at least 362 people fighting COVID-19 in Tennessee hospitals, according to the state's department of health," reports 10 News. "That number had more than doubled by July 26 — just 10 days later — to 764 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Many of them have one thing in common: they did not get the vaccine." "They're virtually all unvaccinated persons. Around 98 percent of them are unvaccinated," said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "They're younger than they used to be because more of the older persons in the community are vaccinated."

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Arkansas Has its Highest Number of Hospitalizations Since January

Arkansas flag flying high beside the State Capitol Building

"The Arkansas Department of Health continues to report record-high numbers of COVID-19 cases that haven't been surpassed since the beginning of the year," reports KARK. "Health officials reported that there were 15,801 active cases in Arkansas Wednesday, which is the highest amount since February 7. Hospitalizations were up 39 from the prior day to 1,064, the highest number since January 26. Patients on ventilators are also at their highest levels since January, increasing by 4 to 209."


A Lot of Texas is in Trouble

Statue of Texian soldier celebrating Texas' independence from Mexico.

"COVID-19 cases have been surging in Texas and nationally — mostly among unvaccinated people — as the highly contagious delta variant has become dominant. While dozens of variants have spawned from the original COVID-19 virus, health experts say the delta variant is the most transmissible so far. Research also shows it's leading to higher rates of hospitalization for those infected," reports the Texas Tribune.

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Female patient smiling behind the face mask and with her eyes, while getting flu shot

For a complete list of counties that are turning "red," see the CDC's official map. And follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek