COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant, US Vaccinations, & Global Data as of August 23, 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 23, 2021, at 6:30 PM, EDT:

• 60.8% of total US population has received at least 1 dose
• 51.5% of total US population is fully vaccinated

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

1. Vermont: 67.5%
2. Massachusetts: 65.4%
3. Connecticut: 65.1%
4. Maine: 65.1%
5. Rhode Island: 63.8%


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 23, 2021 at 4:21 PM, EDT, there have been:

• 37 861 263 confirmed cases and
• 629 154 deaths

The 5 states with the highest total confirmed cases are:

1. California: 4 242 952
2. Texas: 3 466 959
3. Florida: 3 071 489
4. New York: 2 239 174
5. Illinois: 1 491 585

Deaths: California has the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 65 163 reported fatalities, followed by Texas with 55 334 and New York with 54 042.

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

Globally, there have been 212 370 359 confirmed cases, 4 438 657 deaths, and 4 954 056 911 vaccine doses administered.