According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of coronavirus patients in U.S. hospitals has surpassed 100,000, the highest level in eight months, as a comeback of COVID-19 fueled by highly infectious Delta variant strains wreaks havoc on the country’s health-care system.
According to data released on Friday morning, 101,433 COVID patients were admitted to hospitals.
U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than doubled in the past month. Over the past week, more than 500 people with COVID were admitted to hospitals each hour on average, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to HHS, the United States set an all-time high for hospitalizations on Jan. 14, with over 142,000 coronavirus-infected individuals in hospital beds.
According to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Florida has the most COVID-19 hospitalized patients, followed by Texas and California. In Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, more than 95% of intensive care beds are now filled.
The Delta strain, which is mostly affecting the unvaccinated in the United States, has also resulted in a record number of youngsters being admitted to hospitals. According to HHS, there have been over 2,000 confirmed and suspected pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Three states – California, Florida and Texas – amount to about 32% of the total confirmed and suspected pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States.
Children currently make up about 2.3% of the nation’s COVID-19 hospitalizations. Kids under 12 are not eligible to receive the vaccine.
The country is hoping for vaccine authorization for younger children by autumn with the Pfizer Inc vaccine.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, warned last week that if vaccines are ramped up, COVID-19 may be under control by early next year.
According to the CDC, roughly 61 percent of the population in the United States has received at least one dose of vaccination.
According to a Reuters count, the United States, which leads the globe in fatalities and cases, has reported 38.5 million infections and nearly 634,000 deaths since the epidemic began last year.