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COVID cases on the rise: What to know about the current state of the COVID pandemic

Coronavirus cases are rising in the U.S. – again.

Eighteen states reported more cases in the week of June 30-July 7 than in the week before, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

That has also led to a rise in hospitalizations, with hospitals in 40 states reporting more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier. Thirty-eight states had more patients in intensive care beds, and 17 states reported more deaths than a week earlier.

Although the increase in cases doesn’t appear to approach the meteoric levels of previous waves, health experts say what’s being recorded is likely an undercount because of underreported test results.

Here’s everything to know about the coronavirus and the state of the pandemic.
In June, federal authorities authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 6 months. The CDC has yet to report vaccination rates for that population, but polling data from April found only 18% of parents said they would vaccinate their younger children right away, 27% said they definitely wouldn’t, and 38% said they’d wait and see.

Looking at vaccination rates among the next age group, 5 to 11 years, health experts worry vaccine uptake among children may be slow. As of June 29, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported only 29% of 5- to 11-year-olds received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

But experts advise parents to jump on these lifesaving vaccines sooner rather than later. A modeling study published in JAMA Network Open this week found vaccines may have prevented about 235,000 COVID-related deaths among people over 18 from Dec. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021.

“If you want your child fully protected in the fall … I wouldn’t wait,” said Richard Besser, a pediatrician and president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



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