The United States has passed a threatening new threshold of 3,000 deaths lost in a single day to COVID-19 as hospital stays continued to surge to record highs.
At least 3,124 Americans died yesterday, the highest number of deaths in a single day during the pandemic. The previous daily record was last Thursday when 2,879 deaths were recorded.
The number of COVID patients being hospitalized across the country continues to climb to an all-time high. 106,688 patients are currently being treated, an increase of 18 percent over the last two weeks.
Yesterday, 221,267 new infections were registered.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the US has risen to an average of more than 2,200 per day, which is the peak it reached at the height of the pandemic last April after Thanksgiving. For the first time, the number of cases per day averages 200,000.
The virus has now killed more than 288,000 Americans, and around 15.3 million have been infected as of January.
The CDC's most recent forecast now predicts an additional 24,000 deaths within the next four weeks. The forecast assumes the death toll will rise to 332,000 to 362,000 by January 2. The health department is making its forecast based on predictions from 36 modeling groups across the country.
The dismal tolls will come on the same day a group of FDA advisors will meet to weigh up whether the agency should recommend approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.
The United States on Wednesday crossed a threatening new threshold of 3,000 deaths lost in a single day to COVID-19 as hospital stays also hit record levels
According to the COVID Tracking Project, the US recorded record daily deaths, hospitalizations and a record seven day average in daily cases, deaths and hospitalizations on Wednesday. At least 3,054 US patients were killed on Wednesday alone. This marked the first time the virus claimed 3,000 American lives or more in a single day
The rising deaths came when Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus task force coordinator, appeared to berate Trump in the way President Donald Trump and other members of the administration downplayed the disease and undercut scientists.
"Messages have to be critically consistent," Birx said at a CEO conference in the Wall Street Journal.
"I think we need to be much more resolute about the myths that are out there – that COVID doesn't really exist, or that the deaths are kind of fictional, or that the hospital stays are for other diseases, not COVID that actually mask you and hurt you. 39;
While not mentioning Trump by name, the president rarely wore a mask during the pandemic and occasionally mocked people who wore it.
US health officials warn that the rise in cases will accelerate even further in the coming months before a vaccine becomes generally available to the public.
The three worst-hit states for deaths per capita are in the Midwest, with South Dakota recording an average of 2.6 deaths per 100,000 people over the past seven days, CDC data shows.
Iowa follows with 2.2 deaths per capita and North Dakota with 2.1 deaths.
In terms of infections per capita, Midwestern states were hardest hit in the fall. Rhode Island is currently the worst-hit state in the country, with an average of 124 cases per 100,000 people in the past week.
North Dakota follows with 113 cases per 100,000, Indiana with 103 cases and South Dakota with 99 cases.
The number of COVID patients hospitalized nationwide rose to a new all-time high of 106,688, an 18 percent increase over the past two weeks
The CDC's most recent forecast now predicts an additional 24,000 deaths within the next four weeks. The forecast assumes the death toll will rise to 332,000 to 362,000 by January 2. The health department is making its forecast based on predictions from 36 modeling groups across the country
According to the COVID Tracking Project, the northeast and west are currently seeing a rapid surge in cases. The seven-day moving average for cases per million people is 628 in the northeast and 644 in the west, both higher than at any point prior to the pandemic.
The increasing spread of the virus in the first few days of December put the health systems at some pandemic hot spots to the point of rupture.
Ten mostly rural counties across California said they had no ICU beds available on Wednesday. This is evident from the health data analyzed by Reuters.
The state had reported a new daily record of 30,851 cases as well as 196 new deaths.
In the agricultural heartland of California's Central Valley, the COVID-19 recordings have overwhelmed some individual hospitals overall. In Fresno County, home to 1 million people, only seven intensive care beds were unoccupied Wednesday.
Governor Gavin Newsom is now bringing hundreds of hospital workers from out of state and preparing to reopen emergency hospitals that were created but barely used when the coronavirus spiked last spring to cope with the new surge.
Medical experts have said the crisis will only worsen in colder weather, especially if Americans continue to ignore warnings to avoid unnecessary travel and large gatherings over the holidays.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator pictured above, dealt a blow to Trump on Tuesday for downplaying the severity of the virus, questioning the death toll and rejecting the effectiveness of masks
The northeast and west are currently seeing the highest increases in coronavirus cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The 7-day average for cases per million people is 628 per million in the northeast of the country and 644 per million in the west, both higher than any other point before the pandemic
California reported a new daily record of 30,851 cases and 196 new deaths on Wednesday
On Wednesday, public health officials stepped up preparations for a historic-scale vaccination campaign before regulatory approval is imminent.
However, a significant percentage of the US population has expressed skepticism about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, which poses an additional challenge.
Some officials gave a new glimmer of hope, saying vaccinations could start as early as this weekend, and states have escalated plans for prospective sales efforts of unprecedented proportions.
"I cannot think of a government operation that is more difficult and complicated than what governments are being asked to undertake," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing on Wednesday.
A group of independent medical experts should meet on Thursday to decide whether to recommend a vaccine from Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE. should obtain emergency clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
In a sign that approval could come quickly, documents released by the FDA Tuesday in preparation for the advisory review have not set new red flags regarding the safety or effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine.
FDA approval could come as early as Friday or Saturday, followed by the first U.S. injections on Sunday or Monday, Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor to the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed vaccine development program, told Fox News on Tuesday.
During an Operation Warp Speed press conference on Wednesday, they announced that the first time Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine was launched in the US, nearly three million people would be vaccinated.
FDA approval for a COVID-19 vaccine could come as early as Friday or Saturday, followed by the first U.S. injections on Sunday or Monday, said Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed vaccine development program. Pictured: A Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vial on December 8th at Northern General Hospital in Bristol, UK
Officials said 636 sites, mostly large healthcare systems with adequate storage capacity, will receive the bumps.
According to Gen Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer, 21 days later for the second dose, the first shipment will contain 2.9 million doses of the same amount.
Except for a reserve of about 500,000 cans from the total of about 6.4 million cans currently available in the US.
He added that at least 36 states have told Operation Warp Speed that a portion of their first doses will go to long-term care facilities under the administration's partnership program with CVS / Walgreens.
Perna told reporters that immunization distribution would begin "within 24 hours" of approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
At the same meeting, the Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar said that any American who wants a vaccine will be able to get a vaccine by the second quarter of 2021.
Azar expects 20 million Americans by the end of this year, a total of 50 million by the end of January, and 100 million by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Despite the fact that vaccines are likely just around the corner, Azar encouraged Americans to continue taking harm-control measures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand washing.
"Even with such a bright future ahead of us, we are facing extremely worrying trends in the spread of the virus," he said.
“Hospitalization rates are now as high as they were during the pandemic. We're so close to using the vaccine to protect millions of Americans from this virus. Right now we need to double the steps that can protect us all. & # 39;
It comes just hours after the UK's medical and health products regulator warned people with a history of serious allergic reactions not to receive the vaccine after two Brits Health care workers were in anaphylactic shock on Tuesday.
The two employees are both wearing EpiPens, but no additional information was provided. You should both have a good rest now.
During the briefing, Moncef Slaoui, chief of Operation Warp Speed, said the FDA will consider this event when deciding whether or not to clear the vaccine for approval for emergency use.
"The expectation will be that people with known severe allergic reactions should not take the vaccine until we understand exactly what happened here," he said.
Britain became the first Western nation to begin mass vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. Canada on Wednesday approved the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine after an expedited review process.
The US desperately needs a new mechanism to fight the pandemic as so many Americans have refused to follow guidelines for wearing face coverings and keeping their distance from people outside their own households.
Experts and officials expect a further spike in infections and hospital stays after the year-end holiday gatherings.
The expected post-holiday spike would come into full effect at the time of President Joe Trump's successor on Jan. 20.
Biden's goal is to vaccinate 100 million people – nearly a third of the US population within the first 100 days of its administration or by April 29th.
The prospect of a vaccine gives Wall Street hope that the economy is moving on a more direct path to a full recovery.
However, there could be more economic damage over the next few months, and investors are still watching Washington closely to see if there is any more momentum for people, businesses, and state governments.
Congress is still divided over the size and scope of each new package, and the Trump administration has expanded the potential plans with a new $ 916 billion proposal.
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