THE DELTA VARIANT OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS IS CAUSING CASE NUMBERS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS TO SPIKE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.... AND THE VACCINATION RATE IS STALLING OUT. NOW THERE ARE GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT RETURNS TO MASK GUIDELINES AND RESTRICTIONS.
WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SITUATION WITH CENTURA HEALTH'S VICE PRESIDENT FOR QUALITY... SAFETY... AND CLINICAL OPERATIONS DR. ANDREW FRENCH.
-- The daily number of COVID cases has soared by nearly 20,000 over the last two weeks to about 32,000.
-- The vaccine campaign is slowing with the average number of daily inoculations sinking to the lowest levels since January.
-- Cases are on the rise in all 50 states.
-- Health experts are pushing back on federal guidance that vaccinated Americans can go without masks.