The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has increased.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the number of new cases over a 7-day period increased 7% from the previous week and hospitalizations are also increasing, which could be a warning sign for another increase. in cases that public health officials say could be avoided.
“I remain deeply concerned about this trajectory. We have seen cases and hospital admissions go from historic declines to stagnations and increases. And we know from previous waves that if we don’t get things under control now, there is real potential for the epidemic curve to fly again.” he said at a briefing.
But even as vaccines increase, Walensky said it’s still too early for people to stop wearing masks or socializing indoors, unless it’s within the CDC guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated.
“This has been a long year and I know people are tired and don’t want to hear that it will take a little longer, but that it will take a little longer,” he said.
“What I would say is that this is an individual choice. People can practice these mitigation strategies with or without their government, their government efforts.”