The latest on the Covid-19 pandemic in the US

By Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:03 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021
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4:04 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

More than 30% of eligible people in the US remain unvaccinated, CDC data shows

From CNN's Deidre McPhillips

A syringe is filled with a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Los Angeles on August 7.
A syringe is filled with a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Los Angeles on August 7. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

The daily pace of new Covid-19 vaccinations in the US is the highest in about seven weeks, but 31.2% of eligible people in the US remain unvaccinated.

Here’s the latest data on vaccination efforts in the United States, published Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Fully vaccinated: 50.2% of the total US population (all ages)
  • Not vaccinated: 31.2% of the eligible population (12+)
  • Current pace of vaccinations (7-day average): 486,332 people are initiating vaccination each day.

This is the highest average daily pace in about seven weeks, since June 18. It is a 10% increase over last week’s pace. An average of 715,547 doses is being administered each day.

22 states have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as Washington, D.C.

Nebraska is the latest state to cross this threshold. Vermont leads the nation with 68% of residents fully vaccinated. Alabama is the only state to have fully vaccinated less than 35% of residents. 

5:54 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

Recent data shows 18.5% of new Covid-19 cases in New Jersey are fully vaccinated individuals, governor says

From CNN’s Christina Bowllan

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in Secaucus, New Jersey, on February 28.
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in Secaucus, New Jersey, on February 28. Johnny Milano/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Among the 4,332 positive Covid-19 cases reported from July 20 through July 26, fully vaccinated people accounted for 18.5% of total new cases, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Monday. 

And of the 378 total new hospitalizations during the same period, 3% of the patients are fully vaccinated individuals. 

During this week, New Jersey reported 21 new Covid-related deaths, none of which were from people who were fully vaccinated.

“That’s the second week in a row when we did not have one death from among the fully vaccinated,” Governor Murphy said. 

As of yesterday, there are currently 648 Covid-19 patients in the hospital, of which 117 are in intensive care units. Of the 117 patients, 59 have required a ventilator to breathe, which is almost a 50% increase since last week.  

“While we are relieved to see so many people leaving our hospitals alive, the fact that they are replaced almost to a person each day by someone else with Covid coming in continues to be worrisome,” the governor stated. 

According to an announcement made on Friday, all students, educators, and staff in New Jersey are required to wear masks at the beginning of the school year, the New Jersey governor said. 

“We are doing this for one reason,” Governor Murphy said. “To protect the health of our kids and education communities so we can get back to full-time, in person instruction.”

3:11 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

CDC vaccine advisers will discuss Covid-19 booster shots on Friday

From CNN's John Bonifield

Vaccine advisers for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Friday to discuss booster shots of Covid-19 vaccines and additional doses for immunocompromised people, according to a meeting agenda posted by the agency on Monday.

The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET Friday.

Some background: Internal discussions at the US Food and Drug Administration have centered around an early September timeline for laying out a strategy on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, a Biden administration official told CNN.

The strategy would apply for all vaccinated people. A decision for those who are immunocompromised and face greater risk from the virus is expected sooner, the official said Thursday.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Maegan Vazquez contributed reporting to this post. 

5:54 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

2 Texas hospitals temporarily close emergency rooms in response to Covid-19 surge 

From CNN's Camille Furst

Two hospitals in northern Texas temporarily closed their emergency rooms on Friday due to a surge in Covid-19 patients.

Hunt Regional Medical Center at Commerce in Greenville and Texas Health Hospital in Rockwall both shut doors on their emergency rooms in an effort to transfer medical staff to treat Covid-19 patients instead.

Hunt Regional Medical Center at Commerce said the closure is "due to a critical Covid surge." Those who are in a medical emergency are advised to "proceed to the nearest emergency room in Greenville or Quinlan," a nearby city, according to the hospital's announcement.

Texas Health Hospital in Rockwall said in its announcement that the closure would allow medical team members to transfer to the hospital's main campus. There, medical staff "will provide care related to the pandemic," according to the statement on the hospital's website.

As of Sunday afternoon, more than 9,000 people statewide are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to Texas' Department of State Health Services. Throughout the state, 428 intensive care nit beds are currently available.

5:54 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

New York state Covid-19 hospitalizations increase over 245% in just over a month

From CNN's Lila Watts

New York statewide Covid-19 hospitalizations have increased over 245% in just over a month, according to data released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

On Monday, coronavirus hospitalizations reached 1,225, up from 354 on July 8, marking a 246% increase, according to state data.

The data also shows that the statewide daily death toll has returned to double digits. On Saturday, 11 deaths were recorded after nearly a month of low single digit reports. The last double digit death toll was 11 deaths on June 12.  

Data from the CDC shows that three quarters of counties in New York state are now classified under high or substantial Covid-19 transmission. 

The latest CDC guidance recommends universal indoor mask mandates for counties at the high or substantial level.

As of the governor’s office update on Sunday, 61.8% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

5:54 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

Harris County Health System in Texas says a quarter of all patients are Covid-19 positive

From CNN’s Carma Hassan

One in four patients at all hospitals in the Harris Health System in Texas have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the health care system, which covers Harris County, including Houston. 

“Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital is at 100% ICU utilization (63% COVID+ cases), and the tents are not in use but are being readied for when they may be needed. There is no pre-determined time that the tents will be put into use,” Harris Health spokesperson Bryan McLeod told CNN in an email. 

Ben Taub Hospital’s intensive care unit is at 95% capacity with 27% of utilization by Covid-19 patients, McLeod said.  

1:55 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

Biden says he strongly supports defense secretary's decision to mandate Covid vaccine for service members

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Biden said in a statement Monday he supports Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all for all active duty military members by mid-September or sooner if fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“I strongly support Secretary Austin’s message to the Force today on the Department of Defense’s plan to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for our service members not later than mid-September,” Biden wrote.

“Secretary Austin and I share an unshakable commitment to making sure our troops have every tool they need to do their jobs as safely as possible,” Biden continued. “Being vaccinated will enable our service members to stay healthy, to better protect their families, and to ensure that our force is ready to operate anywhere in the world.”

“I am proud that our military women and men will continue to help lead the charge in the fight against this pandemic, as they so often do, by setting the example of keeping their fellow Americans safe,” he concludes the statement.

1:24 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

Pentagon expected to mandate Covid-19 vaccine for active duty troops by mid-September

From CNN's Barbara Starr

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks alongside Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley at a news briefing at the Pentagon on July 21.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks alongside Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley at a news briefing at the Pentagon on July 21. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is expected seek the President’s approval to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all members of the active duty military by mid-September or sooner if fully approved by the FDA, according a US defense official.  

The news is expected to be released in a memo Monday. 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley will communicate a message on this to the troops after the announcement. 

The AP was first to report this.

6:03 p.m. ET, August 9, 2021

More than 99.99% of fully vaccinated people have not had a severe breakthrough case, CDC data suggests

From CNN's Deidre McPhillips

A healthcare worker places a band-aid on a patient after administering a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Boston on June 17.
A healthcare worker places a band-aid on a patient after administering a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Boston on June 17. Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

More than 99.99% of people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

As of Aug. 2, more than 164 million people in the United States were fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the CDC. Fewer than 0.001% of those individuals — 1,507 people — died and fewer than 0.005% — 7,101 people — were hospitalized with Covid-19.

CDC last published data on breakthrough cases through July 26. These latest figures include 938 additional severe breakthrough cases — 862 additional hospitalizations and 244 additional deaths — reported over that seven-day period. The CDC does not provide more detail about the timing of the breakthrough cases.

About three-quarters (74%) of all reported breakthrough cases were among seniors age 65 or older. Of the roughly 1,500 people who died, one in five passed away from something other than Covid-19 even though they had a breakthrough case of the virus, according to the CDC.

Since May, the CDC has focused on investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases among those who have been fully vaccinated. 

According to the CDC, this data relies on “passive and voluntary reporting” and are a “snapshot” to “help identify patterns and look for signals among vaccine breakthrough cases.”

“To date, no unexpected patterns have been identified in the case demographics or vaccine characteristics among people with reported vaccine breakthrough infections,” according to the CDC.