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Aug. 2, 2021, 4:37 p.m. EDT

White House: 1 out of 3 cases of COVID-19 are in Florida and Texas

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By Jaimy Lee

One out of three COVID-19 cases occurred in Florida and Texas over the past week, and 17% of cases came from seven states with the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S., the White House said Monday. "We remain concerned about the continued rise in cases, driven by the delta variant," Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told reporters during a news briefing. "These cases are concentrated in communities with lower vaccination rates." That said, the overall vaccination rate is increasing; more than 3 million Americans have received a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine in the past seven days. At least 49.7% of people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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