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Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced during a press conference on Thursday.

Why it matters: Washington — like other states such as Michigan — is experiencing a surge in COVID cases driven largely by variants of the virus, predominantly the one first discovered in the U.K.

What they're saying: "The virus is not done with us," warned Inslee.

  • “Unfortunately, we now are seeing the beginnings of a fourth surge in the state of Washington."
  • "And we are starting unfortunately at a higher level than where the other waves started from," Inslee said about the number of current cases.

What's more: Inslee noted that hospitalizations are also rising at a "significant pace" and more young people are getting inflected.

  • He added that by the end of the week the state will have administered its 5 millionth dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
  • Inslee urged citizens to get vaccinated, noting that Washington has the capacity to increase the number of vaccines it administers daily if it receives more doses from the federal government.

Flashback: Washington was an early coronavirus hotspot in the spring of 2020.

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Updated Jul 31, 2021 - Health

Chart: Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19

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Data: CDC and state Covid dashboards via NBC. Dani Alberti/Axios

Of the 164 million vaccinated Americans, around 125,000 people have tested positive for breakthrough infections and 0.001% have died, according to state data compiled from state dashboards by NBC and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: While "breakthrough cases" have been getting media attention, the low numbers show that the pandemic is mostly a threat for the unvaccinated population.

Updated Aug 2, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Florida sets new COVID hospitalization record as cases spike

Nurses bring a portable x-ray machine to a treatment tent outside the emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, set up to serve as an overflow area as the number of COVID-19 infections surges throughout Brevard County. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida reported Sunday that 10,207 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized — the most in the state since the pandemic began, per AP.

Why it matters: The report comes a day after the CDC released data showing Florida confirmed a state record 21,683 new coronavirus cases in one day.

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From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.