This Labor Day saw 300% more new COVID cases than last year

(CBS News) — The average weekly number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. was nearly 300% higher this Labor Day weekend compared to the same time last year, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. The average number of deaths was more than 86% higher compared to the same period in 2020.

There were 1.146 million weekly cases this past weekend compared to 287,235 last year. 

Health officials had repeatedly urged unvaccinated individuals to stay at home ahead of Labor Day, as the Delta variant continues to surge across the country. On Monday, there were 73,331 new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins, and the average weekly cases have only been increasing since the end of June.

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on August 31 that the CDC recommends people who are unvaccinated refrain from traveling on Labor Day weekend given the surge in cases.

“We have actually articulated that people who are fully vaccinated and who are wearing masks can travel,” she said. “Although given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take their own – these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling.”

CBS News’ Errol Barnett reported Monday that more than 3.5 million people traveled in the U.S. on Friday and Saturday, according to the TSA. 

Hospitals in several states have been running out of intensive care beds as the number of hospitalizations spiked to the highest numbers since January. Over the last month, the number of daily deaths has also increased by more than 130%. 

All of the United States remains at a “high” level of community transmission, according to the CDC.

While the Delta variant continues to be the dominant strain in the U.S. officials are also “keeping an eye on” the Mu variant, which was first detected in other countries in January, according to the World Health Organization.

White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that officials “want to make sure it doesn’t become more dominant.” 

“We actually don’t know what the consequences would be. The concern is that it has a few — a constellation of mutations that would indicate that it might evade the protection from certain antibodies,” Fauci said. “…But right now, it is not an immediate threat, even though we take all of these variants very seriously.”  Click here to read the source article increase Original Article By: Li Cohen

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8 thoughts on “This Labor Day saw 300% more new COVID cases than last year”
  1. I feel like this happened, because people are getting a little to comfortable with Covid. Since the vaccine, and don’t think it’s ok to wear mask. And still follow the rules, and that’s not the case.

  2. People are starting to get less and less worried about covid because they don’t think of it as a big deal since the vaccine came out and was approved by the FDA. They think that if they get the vaccine that they’ll be safe from covid.

  3. I feel like the COVID cases increased because this time last year the U.S was on lockdown and now we are not so people are getting to comfortable. Cases are going to keep going up.

  4. Last year we were more cautious. Also there is a new variant. These new cases are going to make the economy go down.

  5. I feel like this happened because last year we were kind of still locked down and people are getting comfortable with Covid and not using precaution as they use too. This affects the economy because the more the cases rise the more people are at risk of getting sick.

  6. covid cases most definately have increased becuase people are getting to comfortable with going to public areas without masks.

  7. I don’t see this as surprising, as just America alone after the lockdown just started going back to doing major events. Like in Tampa during the Super Bowl game, people from all over the country where coming in to see it, celebrating, most without mask also. Just that alone could’ve spread it bih time in the city. But all over the world covid is spreading, major events are still going on, causing it the rate to rise.

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