The U.S. has reportedly recorded 101,487 COVID-19 hospitalizations last Sunday, as reported by the Covid Tracking Project. Apparently, these hospitalizations have exerted immense pressure on the country’s already burdened hospitals and health care workers.
Commenting on the matter, Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst and former health commissioner of Baltimore City has stated that the hospitals across the nation are already on the verge of becoming overwhelmed due to which there are possibilities that patients will not have access to an ideal care.
As per credible sources, the healthcare facilities in the country are stretched thin, which has led to a daunting situation for experts and health care workers as they fear the potential surge in infections stimulated by travel and gatherings pertaining to Thanksgiving in the country.
Wen has also stated that the US is likely to witness an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases over the next week and has urged residents to take necessary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus and reduce the strain on hospitals, otherwise the country will face a worse situation.
It has been reported that the US has recorded highest hospitalizations in the month of December since the beginning of the pandemic. Apparently, it took over 100 days for the country to reach the number of coronavirus infections to 1 million since the first confirmed cases were recorded on January 20. However, over the first five days of the month, 1,000,882 cases were confirmed in the US.
Reportedly, more than 14.7 million cases and over 282,200 death were recorded were reported in the US as of Sunday night. While, the country registered an average of 190,948 new confirmed cases during the last week, another record high.
Meanwhile, California, the most populous state of the country, is anticipated to observe new stay-at-home orders effective Sunday, as authorities attempt to prevent the hospitals from being overrunning. Reportedly, these new restrictions will be applicable across a majority of the state, including in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions following significant dip of 15% in the intensive care unit capacity last week.