The number of hospitalized with the virus has also skyrocketed. The crisis has worsened so much that many hospitals have trouble finding beds for patients in distant places. At the end of June, the country registered about 11,000 infections a day.
The COVID-19 epidemic in the United States crossed 100,000 newly confirmed daily cases on Saturday, exceeding the threshold during an increase in infections before winter and caused by a delta variety of the virus. , Much more contagious and lower vaccine rates south.
At the end of June, there were an average of 11,000 cases a day in the United States. Now the number is 107,143.
Health authorities fear that hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise if more Americans do not get vaccinated. Nationally, 50% of people are fully vaccinated, and more than 70% of adults have received at least one dose.
Our model suggests that if we don't vaccinate people, we could go up to several million cases a day, like an increase in early January, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director this week. Said Rochelle Walensky, speaking to CNN.
It took the United States about nine months to cross the average number of 100,000 cases in November before reaching 250,000 in early January. In June, cases ended but went 100,000 again after about six weeks, despite more than 70% of the adult population having been vaccinated.
Johns Hopkins University data also show that the average daily death from the virus has increased by seven days. In addition, the fatality toll rose in the past two weeks from around 270 deaths a day to nearly 500 a day on Friday.
The virus is spreading rapidly through unvaccinated people, especially in the country's south, where patients are collapsing hospitals.
The number of Americans hospitalized by the virus has also skyrocketed. The crisis has escalated to the point where many hospitals are finding it difficult to find beds for patients in remote locations.
Houston officials say a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases is bringing the local healthcare system closer to a "breaking point", with some patients being moved out of town for medical care. , One of whom was to be treated in North Dakota.
Dr. David Persse, head of the Houston Department of Health and medical director of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), said some ambulances waited for hours to transport patients to Houston area hospitals because there were beds. Were not
Available. Persse said he feared this would lead to long response times for the 911 emergency number medical calls.
The healthcare system is now at almost a breaking point, Purse said Thursday.
Last weekend, a patient in Houston had to be moved to North Dakota for medical treatment. On Thursday, an 11-month-old girl, Coved 19, who was having seizures, had to be taken to a hospital 170 miles (274 kilometers) from Houston.
In some parts of the United States, hospitals are struggling to find beds for patients.
Dr. Leonardo Alonso, who works in various emergency units in Jacksonville, one of the hardest-hit areas in Florida, said some hospitals are sending some patients home with oxygen tanks and a monitor to clear beds for sicker people. "The intensive care units, the hospitals, are close to what we call a mass casualty incident. They are almost in protocols in which they are overwhelmed," said Alonso.