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Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
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The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
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Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
Updated Sept. 23, 2022
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Interpretive Summary for September 23, 2022

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Fall into Healthy Habits

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on all our lives. For many, this has meant delayed medical care, sleepless nights, extra screen time, and isolation from friends and family. As the days get shorter and cooler and the seasons change, try these strategies to take care of yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Attend routine health care visits. Aim to visit your health care provider at least once per year and dental provider two times per year unless they recommend more frequent visits.
  • Move more, sit less. Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health, fitness and quality of life. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.
  • Eat healthy meals and snacks and drink wisely. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products for healthy meals and snacks. Substitute water for sugary or alcoholic drinks to reduce calories and stay safe.
  • Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Try consistency: go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Remove electronic devices from your bedroom.
  • Make time to unwind and connect with others. Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, or do an activity you enjoy. Talk with people you trust about how you’re feeling and express gratitude.

Remember ― prevention is the best medicine. Regular checkups provide the opportunity to prevent, screen for, and manage chronic conditions, and get routine vaccinations. This fall, get your COVID-19 booster and flu shot. Both COVID-19 and flu vaccines have been shown to reduce illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. You can get them both at the same time if you are eligible and the timing works. Find a vaccine provider near you.

What's New
  • COVID Data Tracker’s Vaccinations in the US page was updated to include a national count of the number of people with an updated booster dose.

COVID-19 Community Levels

As of September 22, 2022, there are 226 (7.0%) counties, districts, or territories with a high COVID-19 Community Level, 1,005 (31.2%) counties with a medium Community Level, and 1,986 (61.7%) counties with a low Community Level. Compared with last week, this represents a large decrease (−6.3 percentage points) in the number of high-level counties, a moderate decrease (-4.7 percentage points) in the number of medium-level counties, and a large increase (+11.0 percentage points) in the number of low-level counties. Overall, 46 out of 52 jurisdictions* had high- or medium-level counties this week. Arizona, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Utah are the only jurisdictions to have all counties at low Community Levels.

To check your COVID-19 Community Level, visit COVID Data Tracker. To learn which prevention measures are recommended based on your COVID-19 Community Level, visit COVID-19 Community Level and COVID-19 Prevention.

*Includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

U.S. COVID-19 Community Levels by County

COVID-19 Community Levels 09-23-2022 green is low, yellow is medium, orange is high, grey is no data

Reported Cases

As of September 21, 2022, the current 7-day moving average of daily new cases (54,186) decreased 10.6% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (60,593). A total of 95,700,347 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States as of September 21, 2022.

Variant Proportions

CDC Nowcast projections* for the week ending September 24, 2022, estimate that the combined national proportion of lineages designated as Omicron will continue to be 100%. There are five lineages designated as Omicron: BA.5, BA.4.6, BA.4, BF.7, and BA.2.75. The predominant Omicron lineage is BA.5, projected at 83.1% (95% PI 81.3-84.7%).

The national proportion of BA.4.6 is projected to be 11.9% (95% PI 10.6-13.4%), BF.7 is projected to be 2.3% (95% PI 1.7-3.0%), BA.4 is projected to be 1.4% (95% PI 1.3-1.5%), and BA.2.75 is projected to be 1.4% (95% PI 0.9-2.0%). See COVID Data Tracker for current data.

95,700,347
Total Cases Reported

54,186
Current 7-Day Average**

60,593
Previous 7-Day Average

-10.6%
Change in 7-Day Average since Previous Week

*CDC uses Nowcast projections to predict current variant proportions circulating in the United States. The median time from specimen collection to sequence data reporting is about 3 weeks. As a result, weighted estimates for the most recent few weeks may be unstable or unavailable. View Nowcast estimates on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker website on the Variant Proportions page.

**Historical cases are excluded from daily new cases and 7-day average calculations until they are incorporated into the dataset for the applicable date. Of 658,910 historical cases reported retroactively, none were reported in the current week and 8 were reported in the prior week.

Daily Trends in COVID-19 Cases in the United States Reported to CDC

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7-Day moving average

Daily Trends in COVID-19 Cases in the United States Reported to CDC 09-23-2022

Vaccinations

COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series

As of September 21, 2022, 616.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United States. Overall, about 263.8 million people, or 79.5% of the total U.S. population, have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 225.0 million people, or 67.8% of the total U.S. population, have completed a primary series.*

616,172,308
Vaccine Doses Administered

263,812,108
People who received at least one dose (79.5% of the U.S. population)

224,980,931
People who are fully vaccinated* (67.8% of the U.S. population)

+0.2
Percentage point increase from last week

+0.1
Percentage point change from last week

*Represents the number of people who have received the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (such as the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax vaccines) or one dose of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  

Daily Change in the Total Number of Administered COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Reported to CDC by the Date of Administration, United States

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7-Day moving average

Daily Change in the Total Number of Administered COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Reported to CDC by the Date of Administration, United States 09-23-2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Of those who have completed a primary series, about 109.6 million people have received a booster dose,* and 4.4 million people have received an updated (bivalent) booster dose. But 49.9% of the total booster-eligible population has not yet received a booster dose. Booster dose eligibility varies by age and health condition. Learn more about who is eligible.

134,887,079
Booster Doses Administered

109,575,554
Population ≥ 5 Years of Age with a 1st booster dose*

23,118,101
Population ≥ 50 Years of Age with a 2nd booster dose**

48.8%
Percentage of the Population ≥ 5 Years of Age with a 1st booster dose

35.5%
Percentage of the Population ≥ 50 Years of Age with a 2nd booster dose

+0.1
Percentage point increase from last week

+0.8
Percentage point increase from last week

*Represents the number of people who are fully vaccinated and have received another dose of COVID-19 vaccine since August 13, 2021. This includes people who received their first additional dose or booster dose.

**Represents the number of people who are fully vaccinated and have received two subsequent doses of COVID-19 vaccine since August 13, 2021. This includes people who received two booster doses and people who received one additional dose and one booster dose.

COVID-19 Booster Dose Administration, United States

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COVID-19 Booster Dose Administration, United States First Booster 09-23-2022 COVID-19 Booster Dose Administration, United States Second-Booster 09-23-2022

Hospitalizations

New Hospital Admissions

The current 7-day daily average for September 14–20, 2022, was 3,971. This is a 9.9% decrease from the prior 7-day average (4,410) from September 7–13, 2022.

5,327,014
Total New Admissions

3,971
Current 7-Day Average

4,410
Prior 7-Day Average

-9.9%
Change in 7-Day Average

The start of consistent reporting of hospital admissions data was August 1, 2020.

Daily Trends in Number of New COVID-19 Hospital Admissions in the United States

Daily Trends in Number of New COVID-19 Hospital Admissions in the United States 09-23-2022

New admissions are pulled from a 10 am EDT snapshot of the HHS Unified Hospital Data – Analytic Dataset. Due to potential reporting delays, data from the most recent 7 days, as noted in the figure above with the grey bar, should be interpreted with caution. Small shifts in historic data may also occur due to changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider of Services file, which is used to identify the cohort of included hospitals.

COVID-NET: Trends in Hospitalizations among Adults 65 Years and Older

CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) shows that COVID-19-associated hospitalizations continue to affect adults ages 65 years and older. Since early April 2022, more than 50% of all COVID-19-associated hospitalizations occurring every week are among adults ages 65 years and older. Before April 2022, adults ages 65 years and older had not comprised more than half of all COVID-19-associated hospitalizations since January 2021.

Trends in Hospitalizations among Adults 65 Years and Older

COVID-NET: Trends in Hospitalizations among Adults 65 Years and Older

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) is an additional source for hospitalization data collected through a network of more than 250 acute-care hospitals in 14 states (representing ~10% of the U.S. population). Detailed data on patient demographics, including race/ethnicity, underlying medical conditions, medical interventions, and clinical outcomes, are collected using a standardized case reporting form.

More COVID-NET Data

Deaths

The current 7-day moving average of new deaths (347) decreased 12.2% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (396). As of September 21, 2022, a total of 1,049,864 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States.

1,049,864
Total Deaths Reported

347
Current 7-Day Average*

396
Prior 7-Day Average

-12.2%
Change in 7-Day Average Since Prior Week

*Historical deaths are excluded from the daily new deaths and 7-day average calculations until they are incorporated into the dataset by their applicable date. Of 21,750 historical deaths reported retroactively, none were reported in the current week; and 41 were reported in the prior week.

Daily Trends in Number of COVID-19 Deaths in the United States Reported to CDC

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7-Day moving average

Daily Trends in Number of COVID-19 Deaths in the United States Reported to CDC 09-23-2022 More Death Data

Testing

The percentage of COVID-19 NAATs (nucleic acid amplification tests)* that are positive is decreasing in comparison to the previous week. The 7-day average of percent positivity from NAATs is now 10.7%. The 7-day average number of tests reported for September 9 – 15, 2022, was 412,967, down 5.3% from 435,920 for the prior 7 days.

958,598,352
Total Tests Reported

412,967
7-Day Average Tests Reported

10.7%
7-Day Average % Positivity

11.3%
Previous 7-Day Average % Positivity

-0.62
Percentage point change in 7-Day Average % Positivity since Prior Week

*Test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

COVID-19 NAAT Laboratory Test 7-day Percent Positivity by State/Territory

COVID-19 NAAT Laboratory Test 7-day Percent Positivity by State/Territory 09-23-2022

Wastewater Surveillance

COVID Data Tracker’s Wastewater Surveillance tab tracks levels, changes, and detections of SARS-CoV-2* viral RNA in wastewater at over 1,000 testing sites across the country.

Currently, most of the country is reporting moderate to high SARS-CoV-2 levels in wastewater. About 18% of sites reporting wastewater data are currently seeing some of the highest levels for those sites since December 1, 2021. About 49% of sites are experiencing a decrease in SARS-CoV-2 levels, and about 44% are reporting an increase. It’s important to note that even a small increase when levels are low can appear like a dramatic increase in the percent change.

For more information on how to use wastewater data, visit CDC’s website.

*The virus that causes COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 Levels in Wastewater by Site

SARS-CoV-2 Levels in Wastewater by Site 09-16-2022 white dot new site, blue dot 0% to 19%, light blue dot 20% to 39%, lightest blue dot 40% to 59%, orange dot 60% to 79%, red dot 80% to 100%

0% means levels are the lowest they have been at the site; 100% means levels are the highest they have been at the site.

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