The number of COVID-19 patients in the United States recently crossed 100,000 for the first time since January, as per the Department of Health and Human Services. This is due to the resurgence of the Coronavirus outbreak stimulated by the highly contagious Delta variant that is burdening the country’s health care system.
U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations almost doubled in the last month. During the last week, on average, over 500 people with coronavirus were admitted to hospitals each hour, as per the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The U.S. reached its all-time high for hospitalizations on January 6th when there were around 132,051 COVID-infected patients in hospital beds, as per credible sources. Hospitalizations then dropped and hit a low of 13,843 for the year 2021 as the vaccination campaign rapidly expanded.
However, coronavirus cases augmented suddenly in July owing to the dominance of the Delta variant. The U.S. South is the epicenter of the latest outbreak, but hospitalizations are increasing across the country.
Florida has the largest number of patients hospitalized for coronavirus, followed by Texas and California, as per the data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over 95% of intensive care units beds are presently occupied in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.
The Delta Variant, which is spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated U.S. population, has also affected a substantial number of children. There are around 2,000 confirmed and suspected pediatric Coronavirus hospitalizations currently, as per HHS.
Florida, California, and Texas together amount to around 32% of the total confirmed and suspected children hospitalizations in the U.S. Children presently constitute around 2.3% of the country’s COVID-19 hospitalizations.
The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, mentioned that the COVID-19 spread in the country can be brought under control by early next year if the vaccination speeds up.
According to CDC, 61% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated with at least one dose.
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