COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant, US Vaccinations, & Global Data as of October 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 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 26, 2021, at 3:44 PM, EDT:

• 66.5% of total US population has received at least 1 dose
• 57.5% of total US population is fully vaccinated

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

1. Puerto Rico: 73.3%
2. Vermont: 70.9%
3. Rhode Island:70.6%
4. Connecticut: 70.4%
5. Maine: 70.2%


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 26, 2021 at 5:22 PM, EDT, there have been:

• 45 597 371 confirmed cases and
• 738 564 deaths

The 5 states with the highest total confirmed cases are:

1. California: 4 854 041
2. Texas: 4 220 332
3. Florida: 3 678 661
4. New York: 2 540 255
5. Illinois: 1 688 261

Deaths: California has the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 71 417 reported fatalities, followed by Texas with 70 483 and Florida with 58 933.

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

Globally, there have been 244 388 558 confirmed cases, 4 961 595 deaths, and 6 851 806 928 vaccine doses administered.