The Weekly Digest collects the most engaging data points and visuals from recent USAFacts stories. Dive into each report for more metrics, or skim here for a quick understanding of the numbers behind the news.
In mid-April, the Delta variant was less than 1% of all new US COVID-19 cases. By early July, it was the nation's dominant coronavirus strain. An estimated 83% of new cases during the two weeks ending July 17 were due to this more transmissible variant.
Last week, news broke that pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson and three major drug distributors would pay a $26 billion settlement with states to resolve thousands of lawsuits regarding the country's opioid crisis.
So, what are the numbers behind the opioid crisis? USAFacts combed through PDF reports spread across law enforcement, public health, and substance abuse agencies for a fuller picture of who is seeking treatment and much more.
The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, but gun owners must abide by laws regulating that right. State laws cover if/how a person may carry their firearms in public, whether they can bring their guns across state lines, and more. It all makes for a patchwork of laws across the nation, but this explanation at USAFacts can help shed some light on them.
USAFacts has more on this topic, including information of ghost guns and attempts to enforce laws on them. Click here for more.
The US Census categorizes states in four regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. Last year, the Midwest, a swath of states from Ohio to North Dakota, lost citizens for the first time. See more about the US population in the State of the Union in Numbers.
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