Walensky has repeatedly warned that the country would face another, avoidable surge in COVID-19 cases if Americans didn't keep wearing masks, avoid travel, and continue social distancing until more of the population is vaccinated.
The wave of new cases comes as the nation rapidly broadens eligibility for vaccines, the average number of daily shots continues to rise, and a new C.D.C. report released Monday confirmed the findings of last year's clinical trials that vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer are highly effective against Covid-19 disease.
Hospitalisations also increased and deaths started to rise.
"I'm going to lose the script and I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom", said Walensky, her eyes growing wider and starting to shine.
"We have come such a long way", she said, and added, "Please hold on a little while longer".
"I know what it's like when you're the physician, when you're the healthcare provider, and you're anxious that you don't have the resources to care for the patients in front of you", she said. "I so badly want to be done".
"I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will listen", she said. We are just nearly there, but not quite yet. "So I'm asking you to just hold on a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends". Governors and health officials have expressed concerns about the latest coronavirus data in their states. They pointed to a number of factors that could be driving infections: increased circulation of a more-contagious variant of the coronavirus; pandemic fatigue, and springtime optimism that have led the public to be less vigilant; and Governor Charlie Baker's continued loosening of public health guidelines.
Michigan's spike has not been traced to any one event, but epidemiologists have noted that cases started to jump after the state eased restrictions for indoor dining on February 1 and lifted other restrictions in January.
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So far roughly 15.1% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated - meaning not enough Americans are yet protected to suppress the spread of the virus through herd immunity.
"Since that time, those countries have experienced a consistent and worrying spike in cases", she said.
She urged elected officials, faith-based, community leaders and "other influencers" to "sound the alarm" noting that inaction isn't an option. About 51 million people in the USA have received both doses of the vaccine, and the CDC considers someone fully vaccinated about two weeks after they receive their final dose.
Rochelle Walensky has issued a confronting warning about where the United States may be headed if swift action isn't taken now. "But it will take all of us recommitting to following public health-prevention strategies".
Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor at The White House, said the new and unsafe mutations aren't the only cause for mounting case counts of coronavirus infections.
Biden touted the increased vaccine supply of 33 million doses available this week, and said his pandemic response team will expand vaccination sites to ensure that 90% of Americans can get a vaccine within 5 miles of their homes.
"Everyone really needs to appreciate that we really want to get back to normal as quickly as possible", he said.