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March 29, 2021

By Christina Maxouris

Warnings from experts earlier this month that cases of COVID-19 infection may surge throughout the United States are seemingly coming to fruition, CNN reports.

They write “After weeks of declines and then a plateau, the average number of new Covid-19 cases saw a 7% increase from the previous week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Friday. The average of new virus-related hospitalizations also saw a slight increase from the previous week, she said.

More than two dozen states are reporting at least a 10% increase of new cases compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

And some state officials say many of the new infections appear to be among younger groups.

‘People over 65, a large proportion of them, have been vaccinated, are protected. That’s one of the reasons we have not seen a huge spike in hospitalizations,’ Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told CNN on Sunday. ‘A lot of the spread is happening among younger people … that’s the group that is moving around, kind of relaxing, getting infected.'”

This surge comes after several states relaxed restrictions and on the heels of spring break. Vacationers gathered in large crowds in places like Florida and air travel increased significantly, breaking pandemic era records.

Dr. Jha believes that state leaders are moving too fast, stating “We’re weeks away from a point where we can begin to do these things a bit more safely.” According to CDC data, about 28.2% of the US population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while only 15.5% of Americans are fully vaccinated.

Several state leaders have sounded the alarm and are asking residents to continue taking safety measures seriously until enough of the population is protected against the virus.

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Read our previous blog post on this topic here.