COVID Hospitalizations Soar To Record 59,000 By Reuters’ Tally

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 28: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Members of the medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas. COVID-19 cases a... HOUSTON, TX - JULY 28: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Members of the medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care units to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 10, 2020 8:56 a.m.
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Hospitals beds on Monday were filled with roughly 59,000 COVID-19 patients across the United States — a new record according to a count by Reuters.

The record high tally comes as new COVID-19 infections have jumped to their highest levels yet for the sixth day in a row — passing the 100,000 mark — as the nation’s ability to combat the virus spirals further out of control. 

The data shows that the United States is facing what may be the worst phase of the COVID-19 crisis to date.

Meanwhile, even as pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced late stage testing of a vaccine that it said was at least 90% effective in protecting against COVID-19, President-elect Joe Biden urged Americans to wear masks noting that if approved, distribution of the vaccine to a majority of the population would likely take many months.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States, has surged around 73% over the past month to at least 59,008 by Reuters’ count — a spike that surpasses a high last set in late July when 58,370 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized for the virus on July 22.

Texas led with the highest number of hospitalized patients — more than 6,000 — followed by Illinois and California who reported roughly 4,400 and 4,700 patients respectively, according to the Reuters tally.

President-elect Joe Biden vowed over the weekend to “marshal the forces of science” to combat the coronavirus crisis in the United States, and on Monday announced a coalition of scientists and experts who would head up a coronavirus task force in his incoming administration as the country has reported more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

COVID-19-related deaths over the past week also increased  by more than 6,600 people,  or 15 percent over the previous week’s toll –the highest one-week total since mid-August.

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