The number of COVID-19 deaths in America has risen above 4,000 per day for the third time this month as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen.
As many as 4,022 people across the country died from the virus in the 24 hours to Wednesday evening, according to data obtained by The COVID tracking project.
That number is just below the 4,197 fatalities recorded in the US on Tuesday – the deadliest day of the pandemic to date.
The only other day that COVID-19 reached more than 4,000 deaths was January 6, when 4,194 Americans succumbed to the disease.
However, it’s possible that the daily death toll could get even higher in the coming weeks as a disturbing new map shows that the number of fatalities is on the rise in 33 states.
The map, created by The COVID Tracking Project, shows that the number of deaths has increased by 10 percent or more in the past week in 25 states.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in America has risen above 4,000 in a day for the third time this month as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen
As many as 4,022 people across the country died from the virus in the 24 hours to Wednesday evening, according to data obtained by The COVID Tracking Project
In Georgia, the number of fatalities has increased by a whopping 116 percent in the past week, while the number of deaths in Alabama has increased by 203 percent.
Worryingly, separate data reveals that Alabama is the state with the lowest percentage of people to have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Yellowhammer state has only administered 1,714 doses of the vaccine per 100,000 residents.
The state is also not short on the vaccine. It has administered less than a quarter of the doses it currently has on hand.
West Virginia, on the other hand, is at the forefront of vaccinations, with 6,177 people per 100,000 residents who received their first injection.
This map shows how slow the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination is progressing. Most states have administered doses to less than 4 percent of people
In terms of raw numbers, Texas delivered the most doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 978,042 shots given.
However, given that they have a larger population than many other states, the Lone Star state is still lagging behind when it comes to the overall percentage of residents who received the shot.
As of Wednesday, more than 10 million Americans have received their first dose of the vaccine.
Major states such as California and New York are trying to accelerate their rollout by opening giant vaccination centers.
In the Golden State, a huge makeshift center has opened in Disneyland’s parking lot in Orange County, while New York City has turned Javits Center Field Hospital into a large-scale location for administering the shots.
For Americans, the vaccine cannot come quickly enough.
Not only does the death rate remain stubbornly high, but the number of cases and hospital admissions is also increasing.
On Wednesday, an additional 219,090 cases of COVID-19 were reported nationwide. In total, nearly 23 million Americans have now contracted the contagious virus.
Hospital admissions are comparably still high, with more than 130,000 people currently receiving inpatient care.
Major states such as California and New York are trying to accelerate their rollout by opening giant vaccination centers. Pictured: The Javits Center in NYC, which has been transformed into a large-scale vaccination site
The Javits Center Field Hospital has been transformed into a large-scale site to administer the vaccine
Residents line up for their COVID-19 vaccine at a makeshift vaccination center in the Disneyland parking lot in Anaheim, California