COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant, US Vaccinations, & Global Data as of August 20, 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 17, 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 20, 2021, at 2:20 PM, EDT:

• 60.4% of total US population has received at least 1 dose
• 51.2% of total US population is fully vaccinated

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

1. Vermont: 67.3%
2. Massachusetts: 65.1%
3. Maine: 65%
4. Connecticut: 64.9%
5. Rhode Island: 63.5%


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 20, 2021 at 2:21 PM, EDT, there have been:

• 37 371 011 confirmed cases and
• 625 760 deaths

The 5 states with the highest total confirmed cases are:

1. California: 4 196 187
2. Texas: 3 420 373
3. Florida: 2 920 749
4. New York: 2 223 052
5. Illinois: 1 482 366

Deaths: California has the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 64 992 reported fatalities, followed by Texas with 54 887 and New York with 53 959.

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

Globally, there have been 210 426 282 confirmed cases, 4 409 707 deaths, and 4 855 775 839 vaccine doses administered.