COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant, US Vaccinations, & Global Data as of August 18, 2021

Data from the CDC on the Delta variant and US vaccination rates and from the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 interactive map on cases and deaths in the US and worldwide.

How widespread is the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) in the US?

According to early estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of August 14, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant made up 86.1% of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

The CDC estimates as of August 14, 2021, the 5 states with the highest unweighted proportion of new cases attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant are:

1. Utah: 91.9%
2. California: 87.7%
3. North Carolina: 86.5%
4. Florida: 86.4%
5. Nevada: 86.2%


How many people in the US have been vaccinated against COVID-19?

According to the CDC as of today, August 18, 2021, at 4:50 PM, EDT:

• 59.9% of total US population has received at least 1 dose
• 50.9% of total US population is fully vaccinated

The 5 states with the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated are:

1. Vermont: 67.1%
2. Massachusetts: 64.9%
3. Maine: 64.7%
4. Connecticut: 64.6%
5. Rhode Island: 62.9%


How many cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the US?

According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 interactive map, as of today, August 18, 2021 at 4:21 PM, EDT, there have been:

• 37 118 391 confirmed cases and
• 624 205 deaths

The 5 states with the highest total confirmed cases are:

1. California: 4 163 848
2. Texas: 3 397 262
3. Florida: 2 920 749
4. New York: 2 217 774
5. Illinois: 1 474 285

Deaths: California has the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 64 744 reported fatalities, followed by Texas with 54 642 and New York with 54 149.

How many cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed globally?

Globally, there have been 209 066 259 confirmed cases, 4 389 144 deaths, and 4 783 419 841 vaccine doses administered.