As COVID-19 cases were reported to be on the rise in nine states, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized Thursday in a visit to Princeton University that the pandemic is not yet over.

“We’re not at a steady state of disease that I can be happy with,” Rochelle Walensky said. “We still have 900 deaths a day in this country. I still think we have a lot of work to do to make sure that we’re in a place that is safe for this country and for the American people.”

Just over 65% of Americans are fully immunized, and more vaccination is needed, she said, without specifying a target. She also wants more people who received their initial series of shots to get booster doses, as the newer omicron variant has had a harder time infecting those who’ve been boosted. Read More from Press of Atlantic City.