CDC epicurve as of today
Kinsa Model forecast for one week from now:
This is why – now – the media is focusing on body counts and the last few states experiencing the Delta wave (Idaho, Alaska have grabbed the media attention now).
In late August, an OHSU study projected that by the end of 2021, 90% of Oregon state residents will be vaccinated or have acquired immunity, or both. At which point, the pandemic is over with. This trend is likely in most states – in a few months, there will be fewer and fewer people without some form of immunity for the virus to cause serious infections.
There may yet be minor waves in the months to come, but the virus is running out of targets where it will thrive.