Dr. Fauci Says These States in Danger of Outbreak

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The coronavirus cases have gone up, as the new Delta variant is threatening to upend the progress made so far. Not only it more transmissible, but it can spawn further mutations—possibly ones our vaccine cannot stop. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with PBS's Judy Woodruff and offered this warning that all Americans should really hear. Read on to see if your state is on the list, and for what you can do about it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

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Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline over the Capitol Building.
Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline over the Capitol Building.

Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 29.76

"The concern we have is that we have pockets in this country, particularly, but not exclusively, among certain Southern states, where the level of vaccination is really dangerously low, around 35 percent or so," said Fauci. He said we have 50% of the US population vaccinated but…Mississippi is at the top of the bottom, with only 35% vaccinated so far. "It's the concern about unvaccinated people. So, if ever there was what I would say a clarion call to people to please get vaccinated, you can protect yourself against a virus that has a better capability of spreading from person to person and that could make you more seriously ill."

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Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama, USA downtown skyline.
Birmingham, Alabama, USA downtown skyline.

Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 32.52

Says News 19: "A majority of North Alabama counties have been labeled 'high risk' or 'very high risk' for the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health's (ADPH) dashboard, which updates on Thursdays, DeKalb, Lauderdale, Limestone, and Madison counties are now labeled in the 'very high risk' category, while Jackson and Marshall counties are under a 'high risk.'"

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Arkansas

Arkansas flag flying high beside the State Capitol Building
Arkansas flag flying high beside the State Capitol Building

Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 34.12

"As COVID-19 vaccination rollouts continue and the U.S. returns to a semblance of normality, Arkansas officials are warning of a third surge following a spike in cases," reports ABC News. "Arkansas, which never issued an official stay-at-home order during the pandemic, reported 686 new probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday — the largest one-day increase in more than four months."

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Wyoming

Casper, Wyoming
Casper, Wyoming

Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 34.38

"The Wyoming Department of Health reported 44 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 during their 3 p.m. Thursday, July 1 update," reports Oil City News. "There have now been 52,360 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. 19 new probable cases were reported Thursday, bringing the total to 9,993. There are 364 confirmed active cases in Wyoming. Laramie County, which health officials say has been dealing with an outbreak and rising numbers of Delta variant cases, accounts for 158 of those active cases. There are 31 active confirmed cases in Natrona County."

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Louisiana

Colorful homes and historic architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana
Colorful homes and historic architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana

Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 34.59

"The Delta variant of COVID-19 has spawned a new, troubling variant known as Delta-plus that has been identified for the first time in Louisiana, according to officials at Ochsner Health," reports NOLA. "Delta-plus is thought to have the same higher rate of transmission as the Delta variant, which was originally identified in India and is about two times as infectious as the original coronavirus strain. But it also has a characteristic of variants from South Africa and Brazil that makes it harder for antibodies to block it from entering cells."

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Tennessee

Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway
Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway

Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 35.37

"If we do not achieve herd immunity through vaccinations, we will reap – and share — the consequences. Delta, deemed a 'variant of concern,' is spreading faster than the virus's original strain, and in some people may cause more severe symptoms," reports the Tennessean. "Sadly, more variants are likely to come, and a so-called 'variant of high consequence' that could bypass antibodies from current vaccines could loom on the horizon if we do not increase vaccination rates, and quickly." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.