From Rhode Island to California, all regions of the United States are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in what is likely the post-holiday surge of the virus that experts feared. California, Arizona, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Rhode Island are reporting the highest rates of new daily cases per person.
The New York Times said this is a change to the previous patchwork pattern of the virus, which saw regional hot spots develop over the last year. Now, virus hot spots are widespread across the entire country.
According to CNBC, the US is recording at least 244,300 new COVID-19 cases and 3,230 virus-related deaths each day, based on a 7-day average calculated using Johns Hopkins University data. In total, the John Hopkins dashboard shows 22,529,399 cases in the US, including 375,350 deaths.
“We are absolutely getting numb to the numbers. 23,000 dead in the past 8 days. 100,000 per month. 500,000 by March 1 or before,” Tom Frieden, MD, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted.
In Texas, 20% of all hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. In California, the state tracked its deadliest weekend on record, when a 2-day record of 1,163 deaths raised the state’s death toll to more than 30,000. California has suffered the third-most deaths due to the virus, after New York and Texas.
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