While federal officials remain optimistic about the pace of vaccinations in the United States, members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team continue to urge people to follow mitigation measures aimed at preventing another surge in coronavirus cases. During the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing on Monday, the CDC chief, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, voiced her concerns about rising coronavirus cases in the United States. Walensky said that the seven-day average of new cases is around 60,000 cases per day, which is a 10 percent increase over the past week. Moreover, according to Walensky, hospitalizations and deaths have also increased over the past week.
“We are not powerless; we can change this trajectory of the pandemic. But it will take all of us, recommitting to following the public health prevention strategies consistently, while we work to get the American public vaccinated,” Walensky said. According to CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to avoid large crowds, wear masks, and socially distance themselves from others when out in public.
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