US now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day
The U.S. is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, returning to a milestone final seen throughout the winter surge in yet one more bleak reminder of how rapidly the delta variant has unfold by way of the nation.
The U.S. was averaging about 11,000 circumstances a day in late June. Now the quantity is 107,143.
It took the U.S. about 9 months to cross the 100,000 common case quantity in November earlier than peaking at about 250,000 in early January. Instances bottomed out in June however took about six weeks to return above 100,000, regardless of a vaccine that has been given to greater than 70% of the grownup inhabitants.
The seven-day common for day by day new deaths additionally elevated, in keeping with information from Johns Hopkins College. It rose over the previous two weeks from about 270 deaths per day to just about 500 a day as of Friday.
The virus is spreading rapidly by way of unvaccinated populations, particularly within the South the place hospitals have been overrun with sufferers.
Well being officers are fearful that circumstances will proceed to soar if extra Individuals don’t embrace the vaccine.
“Our fashions present that if we don’t (vaccinate folks), we may very well be as much as a number of hundred thousand circumstances a day, just like our surge in early January,” Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky stated on CNN this week.
The variety of Individuals hospitalized with the virus has additionally skyrocketed and it has gotten so dangerous that many hospitals are scrambling to seek out beds for sufferers in far-off areas.
Houston officers say the most recent wave of COVID-19 circumstances is pushing the native well being care system to just about “a breaking level,” leading to some sufferers having to be transferred out of town to get medical care, together with one who needed to be taken to North Dakota.
Dr. David Persse, who’s well being authority for the Houston Well being Division and EMS medical director, stated some ambulances had been ready hours to dump sufferers at Houston space hospitals as a result of no beds had been accessible. Persse stated he feared this may result in extended reply occasions to 911 medical calls.
“The well being care system proper now could be almost at a breaking level … For the following three weeks or so, I see no reduction on what’s occurring in emergency departments,” Persse stated Thursday.
Final weekend, a affected person in Houston needed to be transferred to North Dakota to get medical care. An 11-month-old lady with COVID-19 and who was having seizures needed to be transported on Thursday from Houston to a hospital 170 miles (274 kilometers) away in Temple.
In Missouri, 30 ambulances and greater than 60 medical personnel might be stationed throughout the state to assist transport COVID-19 sufferers to different areas if close by hospitals are too full to confess them, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson introduced Friday.