like the nation COVID-19[feminine] resurgence has peaked since mid-February, daily hospital admission levels and new COVID-19 deaths in the United States are expected to continue to rise over the next four weeks, according to reports recently updated forecasting models used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Forecasts now call for nearly every US state and territory to see an increase in new hospitalizations over the next two weeks.
The models also show that around 5,300 deaths will occur over the next two weeks. California, New York, Georgia and Florida are expected to see the highest death tolls in the coming weeks.
In the weeks following the overtaking of the United States 1 million confirmed Deaths related to COVID-19, models estimate that a total of 1,010,800 deaths will be recorded by June 11.
The projected increases come as infection rates continue to rise across the country, with growing numbers of COVID-19 positive patients, once again, entering hospitals and requiring care, federal data shows. .
There are now more than 24,300 virus-positive Americans currently receiving care in the United States — the highest total since mid-March, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Although the totals remain significantly lower than other parts of the pandemic, while there were more than 160,000 patients hospitalized with the virus, more than 3,000 virus-positive Americans enter hospitals each day – a average which has increased by 18.7% in the last week, and has approximately doubled in the last month.
Admission levels are now up in all parts of the country, and the number of virus-related emergency room visits is now at its highest level since February.
Pediatric hospital admissions have also increased by around 70% over the past month.
Nationally, new infection rates have reached their highest level in nearly three months. A average of 94,000 new cases are officially reported every day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the past six weeks, new cases nationwide have almost quadrupled.
In the past week alone, the United States reported nearly 660,000 new cases.
President Joe Biden’s new coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, acknowledged during a White House press briefing on Wednesday that the United States is currently experiencing “a lot of infections,” which, according to him, is largely the result of highly infectious omicron subvariants spreading across the world. country.
“Right now, [there are] some areas of increased infection and hospitalization in the Northeast and East Corridor as well as the Upper Midwest,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. “But we’ve seen with previous increases, different waves of infection have demonstrated that this is spreading across the country and has the potential to travel across the country.”
The Northeast remains the country’s most notable COVID-19 hotspot. Many of the states with the highest per capita case rate over the past week – Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, New Jersey and New York – are located in the northeast. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hawaii have also all had high case rates.
According to the CDC’s community levels, 32% of Americans live in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 community level. Since the previous week, an additional 8% of the U.S. population lives in a county with a medium or high COVID-19 community level, Walensky reported.
The high community level suggests that there is a “high potential for strain on the health care system” and a “high level of serious illness”, and therefore the CDC recommends that people wear a mask in indoor public places, including schools.
Officials noted that with more home COVID-19 tests now available, most Americans are not reporting their results to authorities and therefore infection totals are likely significantly understated.
“We know the number of infections is actually significantly higher than that. It’s hard to know exactly how many, but we know that many people are diagnosed using home tests,” Jha explained.
However, even with the rise in infections and hospitalizations, Jha stressed that the United States is “in a much better place than where we were two years ago,” thanks to key tools such as vaccines, therapies and access to tests.
“We must continue to use [those tools] as the virus evolves and the virus continues to do what it does,” Jha said, noting that he remains concerned about the U.S. outlook for the fall and winter, as he reiterated his call on Congress to approve $22.5 billion in COVID-19 funding.
“There’s a pattern range of what we might see in fall and winter,” Jha said. “We have a plan for a range of scenarios…we have to plan for a scenario where we don’t get more resources from Congress. I think that would be terrible. I think we would see a lot of unnecessary loss of life, if it was meant to happen, but we’re looking at all the scenarios and planning for each one.
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