Coronavirus cases have been skyrocketing across the United States in recent weeks and the number of new infections surpassed 140,000 on Wednesday, an all-time high. The spread of the virus is putting increasing pressure on the U.S. healthcare system and the number of people hospitalized with the disease topped 60,000 for the first time earlier this week. That’s according to data from The COVID Tracking Project who stated that the number of people in hospital is 40% more than it was two weeks ago. Hospitals in some parts of the country are coming dangerously close to breaking point as they struggle to deal with a surge of patients.
The bulk of the recent hospitalizations have occurred in the Midwest where cases started to rise dramatically two weeks ago. Seventeen states are now at their current peaks for hospitalizations and local news reports list the ones on the brink of being overwhelmed as Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. Health officials said that other states are likely to join their ranks if current trends continue. In both North and South Dakota, 1 in 2,000 state residents are in hospital due to the coronavirus right now with only New York and New Jersey experiencing higher hospitalization rates per capita. The latest data from the Johns Hopkins University shows that 10.4 million Americans had contracted Covid-19 up to November 12 while nearly 242,000 had died from the illness.
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