More Than 100,000 People Are Hospitalized With COVID-19, The Most Since January
More than 100,000 people in the country are hospitalized for the coronavirus, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s the highest number of hospitalizations seen since January, before the vaccine was widely available to the public.
The data also shows that 30% of intensive care unit beds in hospitals in the country are holding COVID-19 patients.
The rapid rise of the virus and its variants comes as only 51.7% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated and 61% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
States in the South and Northwest are worse
States in the South and Northwest are seeing worse rates than ever before. In Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oregon and Washington, new admissions of COVID-19 patients are at the highest levels since the start of the pandemic.
And in both Florida and Georgia, more than 25% of the inpatient hospital beds are being used for COVID-19 patients. In Mississippi, more than 61% of ICU beds have COVID-19 patients.
The rapid rise in hospitalizations is causing concern for others who may need emergency services, as wait times in emergency rooms now stretch for several hours in some hospitals.
Officials in one Florida county are even urging residents to “consider other options” before calling 911.