The New York Times reports:
The daily average for hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the United States is now more than 100,000. That average, calculated over the last seven days, is higher than in any previous surge except last winter’s, before most Americans were eligible to get vaccinated.
The influx of patients is straining hospitals and pushing health care workers to the brink as deaths have risen to an average of more than 1,000 a day for the first time since March.
Hospitalizations nationwide have increased by nearly 500 percent in the past two months, particularly across Southern states, where I.C.U. beds are filling up, a crisis fueled by some of the country’s lowest vaccination rates and widespread political opposition to public health measures like mask requirements.
Read the full article. The two states with the highest numbers of hospitalized COVID patients are Florida and Texas.
Average daily Covid hospitalizations in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 patients over the past week, a level not seen since the peak last winter. https://t.co/FBYVLPwHKw
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