COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant, US Vaccinations, & Global Data as of October 15, 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 October 9, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant made up 99.9% of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

The CDC estimates for the week ending on October 9, 2021, the 5 states with the highest unweighted proportion of new cases attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant are:

1. Vermont: 100%
2. Idaho: 99.7%
3. Maine: 99.7%
4. Massachusetts: 99.6%
5. Washington: 99.6%


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

According to the CDC as of today, October 15, 2021, at 2:05 PM, EDT:

• 65.8% of total US population has received at least 1 dose
• 56.8% of total US population is fully vaccinated

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

1. Puerto Rico: 71.9%
2. Vermont: 70.4%
3. Connecticut: 69.8%
4. Rhode Island: 69.7%
5. Maine: 69.5%


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

According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 interactive map, as of today, October 15, 2021 at 4:21 PM, EDT, there have been:

• 44 834 986 confirmed cases and
• 723 242 deaths

The 5 states with the highest total confirmed cases are:

1. California: 4 808 560
2. Texas: 4 172 842
3. Florida: 3 645 290
4. New York: 2 498 646
5. Illinois: 1 665 777

Deaths: California has the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 70 580 reported fatalities, followed by Texas with 68 711 and Florida with 57 711.

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

Globally, there have been 239 941 811 confirmed cases, 4 887 272 deaths, and 6 584 100 373 vaccine doses administered.