Sep 1, 2021 - Health

CDC urges unvaccinated people to not travel Labor Day weekend

A nurse puts on protective equipment in a hospital

Nurse Katie Kelley puts on PPE before treating a COVID-19 patient. Photo: Nic Coury/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC is asking unvaccinated people to not travel this Labor Day weekend, citing the surge in COVID-19 cases largely driven by the Delta variant.

What they're saying: "First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 press briefing Tuesday.

  • Walensky added that while people who are fully vaccinated and wear masks can travel, "with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take ... these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling."
  • Walensky noted the CDC recommends masks for everyone in public indoor spaces.

By the numbers: The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases was 129,418 as of Aug. 29, per the CDC.

  • The seven-day average for new hospitalizations was 11,533.
  • About 61.4% of the U.S. population 12 years and older has been fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

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