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Interpretive Summary for May 5, 2022

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COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in the United States. Although deaths continue to decrease, the United States is expected to reach 1 million deaths soon.

When trends start to change across the country and in your community, you can use CDC’s COVID-19 Integrated County View to find out how to protect yourself and others from severe illness. For example, each county’s COVID-19 Community Level is ranked as low, medium, or high, based on hospital beds being used by patients with COVID-19, new hospital admissions among people with COVID-19, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in your area. It’s easy to check your county’s level on CDC’s website and learn what actions you should take.

No matter what your COVID-19 Community Level, everyone should stay up to date with vaccination for the best protection against becoming severely ill from COVID-19,* including those who have already had COVID-19. COVID Data Tracker shows that 46% of the U.S. population has received one booster, but half of those who are booster-eligible haven’t gotten one yet. Find a vaccine provider and get your booster as soon as you are eligible.

*At any level, people with or around those with higher risk for serious illness, with symptoms, exposure to someone with COVID-19, or a positive test should take extra precautions to protect themselves and others. For people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, medications that can reduce your chances of severe illness and death are available. If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised or severely allergic to COVID-19 vaccines, you may be eligible for Evusheldexternal icon, a medicine given by your healthcare provider to help prevent you from getting COVID-19.

COVID-19 Community Levels

As of May 5, 2022, there are 78 (2.42%) counties, districts, or territories with a high COVID-19 Community Level, 316 (9.81%) counties with a medium Community Level, and 2,826 (87.76%) counties with a low Community Level. This represents a slight (0.75 percentage points) increase in the number of high-level counties, a small (+1.86 percentage points) increase in the number of medium-level counties, and a corresponding (−2.61 percentage points) decrease in the number of low-level counties. Sixteen (28.57%) of 56 jurisdictions had no high- or medium-level counties this week.

To check your COVID-19 community level, visit COVID Data Tracker.

U.S. COVID-19 Community Levels by County

map COVID-19 Levels by County May 6, 2022 legend for map green is low yellow is medium orange is high grey is no data green is low, yellow is medium, orange is high, grey is no data

Reported Cases

As of May 4, 2022, the current 7-day moving average of daily new cases (64,781) increased 21.4% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (53,362). A total of 81,492,170 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States as of May 4, 2022.

CDC Nowcast projections* for the week ending April 30, 2022, estimate the combined national proportion of lineages designated as Omicron to be 100%. There are several lineages of Omicron (B.1.1.529, BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, and BA.5), and each one has multiple sublineages. COVID Data Tracker shows the proportions of Omicron lineages grouped as follows: the B.1.1.529 lineage (includes BA.1, BA.3, BA.4 and BA.5), the BA.1.1** lineage, the BA.2 lineage, and the BA.2.12.1 lineage. The predominant Omicron lineage in the United States is BA.2. The national proportion of BA.2 is projected to be 61.9% (95% PI 53.8-69.4%). The national proportion of BA.2.12.1 is projected to be 36.5% (95% PI 28.9-44.9%). BA.1.1 is projected to be 1.3% (95% PI 1.0-1.6%) and B.1.1.529 (BA.1, BA.3, BA.4 and BA.5) is projected to be 0.1% (95% PI 0.1-0.2%). Omicron is predicted to be 100% in all HHS regions.

81,492,170
Total Cases Reported

81,492,170
Total Cases Reported

64,781
Current 7-Day Average***

64,781
Current 7-Day Average***

53,362
Prior 7-Day Average

53,362
Prior 7-Day Average

21.4%
Change in 7-Day Average since Prior Week 

21.4%
Change in 7-Day Average since Prior Week 

*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. CDC’s Nowcast is a data projection tool that helps fill this gap by generating timely estimates of variant proportions for variants that are circulating in the United States. View Nowcast estimates on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker website on the Variant Proportions page.

**For national data, the proportion of BA.1.1 is shown separately. For regional data, the proportion of BA.1.1 is also aggregated with B.1.1.529.

***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 523,223 historical cases reported retroactively, 2,316 were reported in the current week and 4,078 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

Chart showing Daily Trends in COVID-19 Cases in the United States Reported to CDC 05-06-2022

Vaccinations

The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program began December 14, 2020. As of May 4, 2022, 577.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United States. Overall, about 257.9 million people, or 77.7% of the total U.S. population, have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 219.9 million people, or 66.2% of the total U.S. population, have been fully vaccinated.* Of those fully vaccinated, about 100.9 million people have received a booster,** but 49.4% of the total booster-eligible population has not yet received a booster. As of May 4, 2022, the 7-day average number of administered vaccine doses reported (by date of CDC report) to CDC per day was 439,158, a 18.0% increase from the previous week.

CDC’s COVID Data Tracker displays vaccination trends by age group, race/ethnicity, and urban/rural status. To see trends by age group and race/ethnicity, visit the Vaccination Demographic Trends tab. To see trends by urban/rural status, visit  the COVID-19 Vaccination Equity tab.

577,306,842
Vaccine Doses Administered

577,306,842 Vaccine Doses Administered

577,306,842
Vaccine Doses Administered

257,881,623
People who received at least one dose

577,306,842 Vaccine Doses Administered

257,881,623
People who received at least one dose

219,902,417
People who are fully vaccinated*

219,902,417
People who are fully vaccinated*

77.7%
Percentage of the U.S. population that has received at least one dose

577,306,842 Vaccine Doses Administered

77.7%
Percentage of the U.S. population that has received at least one dose

66.2%
Percentage of the U.S. population that has been fully vaccinated*

66.2%
Percentage of the U.S. population that has been fully vaccinated*

+0.2
Percentage point increase from last week

577,306,842 Vaccine Doses Administered

+0.2
Percentage point increase from last week

+0.1
Percentage point increase from last week

+0.1
Percentage point increase 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 or Moderna vaccines) or one dose of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

**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.

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

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7-Day moving average

Chart showing Daily Change in the Total Number of Administered COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Reported to CDC by the Date of CDC Report, United States 05-06-2022

Hospitalizations

New Hospital Admissions

The current 7-day daily average for April 27–May 3, 2022, was 2,219. This is a 16.6% increase from the prior 7-day average (1,903) from April 20–26, 2022.

4,652,617
Total New Admissions

4,652,617
Total New Admissions

2,219
Current 7-Day Average

2,219
Current 7-Day Average

1,903
Prior 7-Day Average

1,903
Prior 7-Day Average

+16.6%
Change in 7-Day Average

+16.6%
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

Chart showing Daily Trends in Number of New COVID-19 Hospital Admissions of patients with confirmed COVDI-19 in the United States 7 day moving average 05-06-2022

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: Hospitalization Rates by Vaccination Status among Adults Ages 50 Years and Older

CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) shows that rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations in March 2022 were higher in unvaccinated adults compared to adults who received a primary vaccination series plus a booster or additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Among adults ages 50–64 years, the COVID-19-associated hospitalization rate in March among unvaccinated persons was 4.7 times higher than among those who received a booster or additional dose. Among adults ages 65 years and older, the rate of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations was 6.2 times higher among unvaccinated adults compared with adults who received a booster or additional dose.

Hospitalization Rates by Vaccination Status among Adults Ages 65 Years and Older

Rates of COVID-19-Associated Hospitalizations by Vaccination Status in Adolescents Ages > 65 Years, October 2021-March 2022 chart Rate per 100,00 population chart legend light blue line Fully Vaccinate with aditional or booster dose, dark blue line Fully Vaccinated without additional or booster dose, orange line unvaccinated

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 (334) has decreased 2.5% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (343). As of May 4, 2022, a total of 994,187 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States.

994,187
Total Deaths Reported

994,187
Total Deaths Reported

334
Current 7-Day Average*

334
Current 7-Day Average*

343
Prior 7-Day Average

343
Prior 7-Day Average

-2.5%
Change in 7-Day Average Since Prior Week

-2.5%
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 21,721 historical deaths reported retroactively, 303 were reported in the current week; and 235 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

Chart showing Daily Trends in Number of COVID-19 Deaths in the United States Reported to CDC 05-06-2022 More Death Data

Testing

The percentage of COVID-19 NAATs (nucleic acid amplification tests)* that are positive (percent positivity) is increasing in comparison to the previous week. The 7-day average of percent positivity from NAATs is now 7.4%. The 7-day average number of tests reported for April 22-28, 2022, was 754,129, up 22.3% from 616,619 for the prior 7 days.

870,773,474
Total Tests Reported

870,773,474 Total Tests Reported

870,773,474
Total Tests Reported

754,129
7-Day Average Tests Reported

870,773,474 Total Tests Reported

754,129
7-Day Average Tests Reported

7.4%
7-Day Average % Positivity

7.4%
7-Day Average % Positivity

5.8%
Previous 7-Day Average % Positivity

870,773,474 Total Tests Reported

5.8%
Previous 7-Day Average % Positivity

+1.62
Percentage point change in 7-Day Average % Positivity since Prior Week

+1.62
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

Chart showing COVID-19 NAAT Laboratory Test 7-day Percent Positivity by State/Territory 05-06-2022

Wastewater Surveillance

COVID Data Tracker’s Wastewater Surveillance tab tracks levels, changes, and detections of SARS-CoV-2* viral RNA in wastewater at more than 800 testing sites across the country. Because many people with COVID-19 shed the virus in their feces, wastewater testing can help us monitor COVID-19 in communities. Wastewater surveillance can provide an early warning of increasing COVID-19 cases and help communities prepare.

Currently, most sites are reporting low to moderate SARS-CoV-2 levels. But about 15% are seeing their highest levels since December 1, 2021. More than half of all sites are experiencing a modest increase. These increases often reflect minor changes from very low levels to levels that are still low. 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

map of SARS-CoV-2 Levels in Wastewater by Site 05-06-2022

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

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%
More Wastewater Data