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Black and Hispanic Americans are once again seeing higher coronavirus case rates than white Americans — as their vaccination rates continue to lag, per CDC data.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to infect and kill people who aren't protected from it. If fewer people of color are vaccinated, that means more are at risk of getting sick — which is exactly what's happening among some groups.

Yes, but: American Indians and Alaskan Natives saw the highest case rate among all races and ethnicities as of early May. But they've had the highest vaccination rate all year.

  • Asian Americans are experiencing lower case rates and roughly the same vaccination rates as white Americans.

By the numbers: As of May 1 — the most recent date for which the CDC has complete data — there were 50 weekly coronavirus cases per every 100,000 white Americans, 69 cases among every 100,000 Hispanic Americans, and 74 cases among every 100,000 Black Americans.

  • At that time, 28% of white Americans had received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to only 19% of Hispanic and Black Americans. The gap has remained over the last month.
  • The CDC only has race and ethnicity data for 61% of Americans who have received at least one shot.

Between the lines: "In some places, the virus continues to rage among those who haven't received a shot," the Washington Post recently reported, adjusting case rates to account for vaccinated people.

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Sep 1, 2021 - Health

CDC urges unvaccinated people to not travel Labor Day weekend

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.

Updated Sep 1, 2021 - Health

COVID-19 hospitalizations among 30- to 39-year-olds hit record high

Emergency Room nurses tend to patients in a hallway at the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 for people in their 30s hit a record high this week, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Adults from ages 30 to 39 largely avoided hospitalizations from coronavirus during the early phases of the pandemic, but lagging vaccination numbers and highly active lives are driving hospitalizations in the age group, per the Journal.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: The end of the Omicron wave is in sight — Transplants rebound from COVID lull — Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard
  2. Vaccines: WHO: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies— Government website for free COVID tests launches early
  4. World: WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older
  5. Variant tracker