The United States now averages 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge in another sad reminder of how quickly the delta variant has spread across the country.
The United States averaged about 11,000 cases a day at the end of June. Now the number is 107,143.
It took the United States about nine months to cross the average number of 100,000 cases in November before reaching a high of 250,000 in early January. Cases bottomed out in June, but it took about six weeks to top 100,000 again, despite the fact that a vaccine has been administered to more than 70% of the adult population.
The seven-day average of daily new deaths also increased, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It rose in the past two weeks from around 270 deaths per day to nearly 500 per day as of Friday.
The virus is spreading rapidly through unvaccinated populations, especially in the south where hospitals have been invaded by patients.
Health officials fear that cases will continue to rise if more Americans do not adopt the vaccine.
“Our models show that if we don’t (vaccinate people), we could reach several hundred thousand cases per day, similar to our increase in early January,” said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. , Rochelle Walensky, on CNN this week. .
The number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has also skyrocketed and gotten so bad that many hospitals are struggling to find patient beds in far-flung locations.
Houston officials say the latest wave of COVID-19 cases is pushing the local healthcare system to nearly “A breaking point”, resulting in some patients having to be transferred out of town for medical care, including one who had to be transferred to North Dakota.
Dr. David Persse, who is the health authority for the Houston Department of Health and the medical director for EMS, said some ambulances were waiting for hours to unload patients at Houston-area hospitals because there were no beds available. Persse said he feared this would lead to long response times to medical calls to 911.
“The health care system right now is almost at a breaking point … For the next three weeks or so, I don’t see any relief from what is happening in the emergency departments,” Persse said Thursday.
Last weekend, a patient in Houston had to be transferred to North Dakota for medical attention. An 11-month-old girl with COVID-19 who was having seizures had to be transported Thursday from Houston to a hospital 170 miles (274 kilometers) away in Temple.
In Missouri, 30 ambulances and more than 60 medical personnel will be parked across the state to help transport COVID-19 patients to other regions if nearby hospitals are too full to admit them, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Friday.
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