And as coronavirus hospitalizations continue to grow, the death toll is projected to get even worse.
This will exceed 336 thousand by the end of the year.
Two companies are preparing to deliver antiviral vaccines, but doses will be limited and the wider population will not have access until 2021.
November was marked by these formidable records, with hospital care being highest at least 20 days a month. With the holidays still to come, health experts warn that things are likely to get worse in the coming weeks.
Hospitals in Maryland, where coronavirus hospital care has already increased by 51%, are preparing for this impact and must submit a detailed strategy to expand bed and staff capacity by December 8, including encouraging universities to train qualified health students. to graduate early and later. join the workforce, Governor Larry Hogan said Tuesday.
States are pushing back climbing records
Tuesday was a record day for the destruction of the coronavirus in many states, and local leaders are curbing growth with new measures to combat the virus.
Oregon reported the highest number of one-day deaths, Texas set a record for one-day elevations in cases where there were more than 15,000, and Mississippi had the highest level of hospitalization to date, state officials said.
65% of Mississippi counties are subject to additional restrictions, including anti-growth mask assignments.
“This is the time when the virus is extremely present,” Governor Tate Reeves told reporters. “The risk of capture is higher because there are more viruses in communities due to the number of reported cases.”
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday called the state “the worst day ever” for the coronavirus “with virtually every action”.
“It’s the deadliest day that has been,” Beshear said. “If we don’t all do our part, if we try to be an exception, then slowing down this thing won’t work and we’ll lose a lot more dangerous Kentucky.”
Los Angeles County, California, also had its worst day when it came to cases and hospital care, according to a statement by Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health.
“However, this is probably not going to be the worst day of the Los Angeles County pandemic. It will be tomorrow, the next day and the next day, as cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase,” he said.
The county issued an amended home residence policy that went into effect on Monday, banning outdoor dining and gathering with people outside a household.
Nursing home cases reach their highest peak since spring
Nursing homes that were severely affected early in the pandemic have reported the highest weekly new cases of coronavirus since the spring, the U.S. Health Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA / NCAL) said in a report released Tuesday.
“Our worst fears have come true as COVID is rampant among the general population and they are powerless to completely prevent entry due to the asymptomatic and asymptomatic proliferation of long-term care facilities,” AHCA President and CEO / NCAL said in a statement.
Between mid-September and November 15, there was a 177% increase in new weekly nursing home cases nationwide. The increase in cases was accompanied by an increase in coronavirus deaths in the nursing home.
Homes in the Midwest, in particular, have suffered severely, with more than 400% of weekly cases since mid-September.
The increase is associated with a nationwide increase in cases, and health experts say the increased prevalence in the community is a good indicator that cases will increase in nursing homes.
“Given the fact that our elderly population is the most vulnerable and that the rise in COVID levels in the United States shows no signs of stopping, it is of paramount importance that the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) is a priority long-term care recipient and staff for vaccine distribution.” Parkinson said.
Healthcare workers and long-term care patients are vaccinated first
Vaccines may not be widely available for months to come, but the U.S. is preparing to release the first wave of vaccines – with healthcare workers and patients in long-term care at the top of the list to receive them.
Federal officials expect 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to be available by the end of December, but those doses will not be available at once, CDC vaccination advisers said on Tuesday.
CDC Dr. Sara Oliver told the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that the agency expects 5 to 10 million doses a week to become available in the first few months as vaccine manufacturers speed up production.
CNN’s Raja Razek, Jennifer Henderson, Devon M. Sayers, Rebekah Riess, Lauren Mascarenhas, Sarah Moon, Maggie Fox and Eric Levenson contributed to the report.