US COVID-19 hospital cases surge
Hospitalizations are now catching up with surging COVID-19 case counts in parts of the country where COVID-19 vaccinations are low, and according to the New York Times, some Florida hospitals are seeing their highest COVID-19 patient admission numbers since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
After an early summer drop, cases are rising across the country as the Delta variant (B1617.2) spreads and under-vaccinated communities remain susceptible to the virus. Similarly, almost every state is seeing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, especially Nevada, Arkansas, and Missouri. The only states not seeing hospitalizations grow are Maryland, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Earlier this week, the American College of Emergency Physicians warned that hospitalizations were likely to rise in the country.
“The new wave of cases is largely from unvaccinated people who get the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19,” said Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, in a statement. “Tragedy can be averted if we take steps to protect ourselves and each other. The vaccines offer strong protection against severe illness or death and are the best tools we have to get us closer to the end of this pandemic.”
The United States reported 55,058 cases and 315 deaths yesterday, per the Johns Hopkins University tracker. In total, the United States has confirmed 34,293,127 cases, including 610,233 deaths.