COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant, US Vaccinations, & Global Data as of August 26, 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 24, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant made up 98.8% of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

The CDC estimates as of August 24, 2021, the 5 states with the highest unweighted proportion of new cases attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant are:

1. Missouri: 97.3%
2. Kansas: 96.7%
3. Arkansas: 96.5%
4. Oklahoma: 96.4%
5. Wisconsin: 95%


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

According to the CDC as of today, August 26, 2021, at 10:34 PM, EDT:

• 61.3% of total US population has received at least 1 dose
• 52% of total US population is fully vaccinated

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

1. Vermont: 67.7%
2. Massachusetts: 65.6%
3. Connecticut: 65.6%
4. Maine: 65.5%
5. Rhode Island: 64.3%


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 26, 2021 at 4:21 PM, EDT, there have been:

• 38 320 446 confirmed cases and
• 633 049 deaths

The 5 states with the highest total confirmed cases are:

1. California: 4 284 617
2. Texas: 3 523 719
3. Florida: 3 071 489
4. New York: 2 250 578
5. Illinois: 1 503 063

Deaths: California has the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 65 466 reported fatalities, followed by Texas with 55 839 and New York with 54 116.

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

Globally, there have been 214 371 702 confirmed cases, 4 470 302 deaths, and 5 075 597 020 vaccine doses administered.