FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida
The Covid-19 outbreak in the United States crossed 100,000 new confirmed daily cases yesterday, a mark last exceeded during the surge in infections before winter and driven by the much more contagious Delta variant of the virus and low vaccination rates. In the south. At the end of June, the United States averaged about 11,000 cases a day. Now the number is 107,143.
Health authorities fear that cases of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise if more Americans do not get vaccinated. Nationally, only 50 percent of people are fully vaccinated and more than 70 percent of adults have received at least one dose.
“Our model shows that if we don’t vaccinate people, we could go up to several hundred thousand cases a day, similar to the increase in early January,” said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle. Walensky, speaking to CNN.
It took the United States about nine months to cross the average number of 100,000 cases in November before reaching a high of 250,000 in early January.
Cases bottomed out in June but took about six weeks to top 100,000 again, despite the fact that more than 70 percent of the adult population has received a vaccine.
The seven-day average daily deaths from the virus also increased, data from Johns Hopkins University reveals. The fatality toll rose in the past two weeks from around 270 deaths a day to nearly 500 a day on Friday.
The virus is spreading rapidly through unvaccinated people, especially in the south of the country, where patients are invading hospitals.
The number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has also skyrocketed, and the crisis has gotten so bad that many hospitals are once again having trouble finding beds for patients in distant locations.
Houston officials say the latest wave of COVID-19 cases is pushing the local healthcare system to near “a breaking point,” causing some patients to be moved out of town for medical care, including one that had to be treated in North Dakota.
Dr. David Persse, who heads the Houston Department of Health and is the medical director for emergency medical services (EMS), said some ambulances were waiting for hours to deliver patients to Houston-area hospitals because there were no beds. available. Persse said he feared this would lead to long response times for medical calls to the 911 emergency number.
“The health care system right now is almost at a breaking point … For the next three weeks or so, I don’t see any relief from what is happening in the emergency departments,” Persse said.
Last weekend, a patient in Houston had to be transferred to North Dakota for medical attention. An 11-month-old girl with Covid-19 who was having seizures had to be transported Thursday from Houston to a hospital 170 miles (274 kilometers) away in Temple.
Problems in hospitals
In some parts of the United States, hospitals are struggling to find beds for patients.
Dr. Leonardo Alonso, who works in various emergency units in Jacksonville, one of the hardest hit areas in Florida, said some hospitals are sending some patients home with oxygen tanks and a monitor to clear beds for sicker people.
“The intensive care units, the hospitals, are close to what we call a mass casualty incident. They are almost in protocols in which they are overwhelmed, ”said Alonso.