US Over 25% of Americans are no longer living in high-transmission counties: Live COVID-19 updates
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More than one-quarter of Americans are now living in a county that no longer has high levels of community transmission of coronavirus, a USA TODAY analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.
That's a major change from earlier in the pandemic wave driven by the delta variant, when every state was considered to have high levels of community transmission, which the CDC says is 100 cases per 100,000 people per week.
The United States isn't out of the woods — nearly everyone who isn't in a "high" county is in a "substantial" county. That's the case for about 82.5 million Americans. About 7.5 million Americans are in a "moderate" county, and about 560,000 are in a "low" county.
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Some 244 million Americans remain in a high-transmission county. Put another way, Americans are more than 1,000 times as likely to live in a "high" county than a "low" one.
Every person in 13 states and the District of Columbia lived in a place with high community transmission. The lowest rates were found in Hawaii, Florida, California, and Maryland, where fewer than one-third of residents lived in places with high levels of coronavirus.
The best place on record, however, isn't a state. In Puerto Rico, about 71,000 people — some 2.1% of the population — are living in an area of high community transmission.
Puerto Ricans are five times as likely to live in an area of low transmission than a high one, and 37 times as likely to live in a community with a moderate level than a high one.
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Puerto Rico alone accounted for far more of the people living in areas of low transmission than the rest of the country combined. It also accounts for about a third of the nation's people living in areas of moderate transmission.
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Washington sees fallout from state worker vaccine mandate
More than 1,800 Washington state workers have been fired, resigned or retired due to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to data released Tuesday.
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The latest numbers released by the governor’s Office of Financial Management show that about 3% of the state’s approximately 63,000-person workforce that was covered by the mandate have left their jobs, and the cases of another 4.6% — or 2,887 — are pending because they are either in the process of receiving a job accommodation, are planning to retire, are getting vaccinated or are awaiting separation from their agency.
Of the 1,887 who are no longer employed, 1,696 were fired, 112 resigned and 79 retired.
-The Associated Press
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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is fully vaccinated,, the department said.
DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said in a statement that Mayorkas tested positive after “taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols.” Mayorkas was expected to travel to Colombia this week with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“He is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice,” Espinosa said.
The department is currently conducting contact tracing.
-Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY
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