The more contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 is taking root in Missouri and Colorado, making them one of the states with the highest infection rates in the United States.
The latest data released on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website last Wednesday showed that within the four weeks ending June 5, the Delta variant was first discovered in India, accounting for 29.1% of the Missouri genome sequenced samples.
This is the highest percentage in the United States, ahead of second-ranked Colorado at 10.9%. New Jersey, Arizona, and Texas ranked in the top five. During this period, Delta variants accounted for 7.4%, 7.1%, and 6.5% of the sample, respectively.
However, these figures may underestimate the current spread of Delta variants in the United States.President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said at a press conference on Tuesday that this new strain constitutes 20.6% The number of samples sequenced in the weeks ending June 19 was higher than the 9.9% of the two weeks ending June 5.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri has approximately 6.1 million residents and nearly 4,800 cases were reported in the week ending June 22. This is the fourth largest case in the United States, after Florida, Texas, and California, the latter ranking third, second, and first in the U.S. population.
After adjusting for population, Missouri reported approximately 11.2 new infections per 100,000 people per day for the past 7 days. This is the highest rate in the country, and the national average is about 3.4 times a day. Colorado is another Delta mutation hotspot, ranking seventh in the United States in terms of the total number of infections per capita, with an average of 6.9 new cases per 100,000 people per day in the past week.
Most of the 10 states with the highest rates of new cases per capita are geographically close to Missouri or Colorado, making these areas the country’s coronavirus hotspots-although daily infection rates in fall and winter are still well below peak levels .
The eastern border of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri is located in front of the Mississippi River. It is one of these hotspot states and one of the states with the lowest rate of first dose of vaccination in the United States. Wyoming is another infection hotspot, bordering Colorado, and has one of the lowest percentages of vaccinated residents in the country.
Another challenge in assessing the spread of Delta variants in the United States is that the CDC data only shows data from states that have reported at least 300 sequences. This may explain the fact that the CDC’s data set does not have the increase in infection rates in Louisiana, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Utah.