As hospitalizations due to the Coronavirus continue to rise, the number of deaths is expected to worsen.
That would bring the death toll to more than 336,000 by the end of this year.
Two companies are preparing to ship vaccines against the virus, but doses will be limited, and the wider population will not be able to reach them until 2021.
November marked these dreadful records, with hospitalization rates reaching a peak of at least 20 days a month. As the holiday fallout continues, health experts warn that things will likely get worse in the coming weeks.
Maryland hospitals, which have already seen a 51% increase in hospital admissions for the coronavirus, are preparing for this impact and have through December 8 to present their detailed strategies to expand family and staff capacities, including encouraging universities to allow qualified healthcare students to graduate early, Governor Larry Hogan said. On Tuesday they joined the workforce.
Countries are resisting standard climbing
Tuesday was a record day for the devastation of the Coronavirus in many states, and local leaders are fending off the increases with new measures to combat the virus.
Oregon has reported the most deaths in a single day, Texas has set the record for one-day increases in cases with more than 15,000, and Mississippi has recorded its highest level of hospitalizations to date, according to state officials.
Now, 65% of Mississippi counties are under additional restrictions, including mask authorizations to combat the surge.
“This is a time when the virus is very present,” Gov. Tate Reeves told reporters. “The risk is higher because of the number of cases we report, there are more viruses in the communities.”
Kentucky Governor Andy Becher described Tuesday as the “worst day on record” in the state for the Coronavirus “by almost any measure.”
“It is the bloodiest day we have witnessed,” Bashir said. “If we all don’t do our part, and if we try to be the exception, slowing down this thing won’t work, and we will lose so many Kentucky residents that we love and care about.
Los Angeles County, California, has also had its “worst day” so far when it comes to cases and hospitalizations, according to a statement from the District Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
“However, it is likely that the worst day for the epidemic will not remain in Los Angeles County. That will be tomorrow, and the next and next day with an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” she said.
The province issued a modified stay-at-home order that went into effect Monday, banning outdoor dining and gathering with people outside a single home.
Hospice care cases are at their highest since spring
The American Healthcare Association and the National Center for Living Aid (AHCA / NCAL) said in a report published Tuesday that nursing homes, which were hit hard early in the pandemic, had the highest rate of novel coronavirus infection in the week since spring.
“Our worst fears have been realized with the outbreak of Covid disease in the general population, and long-term care facilities are unable to completely prevent it from entering due to its asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. / NCAL, in a statement.
Between mid-September and the week of November 15, there was a 177% rise in new weekly nursing cases across the country. The increase in cases was accompanied by a spike in Corona virus deaths in nursing homes.
Nursing homes in the Midwest have been hit hard, with weekly cases increasing by more than 400% since mid-September.
The increase is linked to the rise in the number of cases nationwide, and health experts say the increase in prevalence in the community is a good indicator of an increase in cases in nursing homes.
“Given the fact that our elderly population is the most vulnerable and the increasing level of COVID across the United States is showing no signs of stopping, it is critical that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide the highest priority for vaccine distribution,” Parkinson said:
Health care workers and long-term care patients will be vaccinated first
The widespread distribution of vaccines may still be months away, but the United States is preparing to ship the first wave of vaccinations – health care workers and long-term care patients top the list to receive them.
Federal officials expect 40 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to be available by the end of December, but those doses will not be available all at once, CDC vaccine consultants were told Tuesday.
Dr Sarah Oliver of the CDC told the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee that the agency expects between 5 million and 10 million doses to be available each week for the first few months as vaccine makers ramp up manufacturing.
Raja Razek, Jennifer Henderson, Devon M. Sayers, Rebecca Reese, Lauren Mascarenhas, Sarah Moon, Maggie Fox, and Eric Levinson contributed to this report.