COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant, US Vaccinations, & Global Data as of August 31, 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 31, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant made up 99.1% of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

The CDC estimates as of August 31, 2021, the 5 states with the highest unweighted proportion of new cases attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant are:

1. District of Columbia: 98.9%
2. Vermont: 98.7%
3. Kansas: 97.8%
4. Pennsylvania: 97.8%
5. Virginia: 97.4%


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

According to the CDC as of today, August 31, 2021, at 2:55 PM, EDT:

• 61.8% of total US population has received at least 1 dose
• 52.4% of total US population is fully vaccinated

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

1. Vermont: 67.9%
2. Connecticut: 66%
3. Massachusetts: 66%
4. Maine: 65.8%
5. Rhode Island: 64.7%


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 31, 2021 at 2:21 PM, EDT, there have been:

• 39 115 924 confirmed cases and
• 639 390 deaths

The 5 states with the highest total confirmed cases are:

1. California: 4 352 397
2. Texas: 3 594 335
3. Florida: 3 223 249
4. New York: 2 278 590
5. Illinois: 1 518 071

Deaths: California has the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 65 828 reported fatalities, followed by Texas with 56 837 and New York with 54 254.

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

Globally, there have been 217 460 053 confirmed cases, 4 515 403 deaths, and 5 273 497 378 vaccine doses administered.