The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US is more than 13 million, as experts warn that this number will rise even further during holiday meetings.
The number of COVID-19 patients treated in hospitals in the United States reached 90,000 on Friday after nearly doubling in the past month.
The number of hospital admissions – now the highest since the start of the pandemic – has meant that some medical centers are exceeding their capacity.
The rapid increase comes after weeks of rising rates of infection across the country and puts the total number of infections in excess of 13 million since the start of the pandemic, with 264,000 dead.
More than 90,000 people are currently being treated in hospitals in the US. Pictured, doctors prepare to perform a tracheostomy procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston, Texas
Currently, Americans are dying of the disease at a rate of about 65 an hour, but the rate of infections is likely to worsen as people who mingled with friends and family members over Thanksgiving gradually get sick, health experts say.
“This is the reality we face when COVID-19 is allowed to spread uncontrollably – ICs at capacity, not enough health workers available,” New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote in a tweet Friday.
880 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico on Friday. The state has been closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, with all non-essential businesses closed and residents told to stay at home.
According to the county Facebook page, a hospital in rural Curry County was the last to reach capacity in the intensive care unit earlier this week.
Many health experts and politicians have been begging Americans not to get together this year for their traditional communal Thanksgiving celebrations, warning that socializing between households would speed up the community’s transfer rate and push an already strained healthcare system to the brink.
Nearly 6 million Americans traveled by air between Friday and Wednesday. However, a number that is less than half of the same period last year. In the photo, airline passengers wearing Hazmat Suits at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport to Thanksgiving
Some adhered to public health guidelines and spent their Thanksgiving Thursday watching their families via video calls. But others chose to travel anyway.
On the day before Thanksgiving, typically one of the busiest travel days of the year in the United States, more than 1.07 million people passed through U.S. airports – most of a single day since the start of the pandemic, according to Transportation Security Administration.
Nearly 6 million Americans traveled by air Friday to Wednesday, it said, a number that’s less than half of the same period last year, however.
State governors have also urged Americans to stay at home on Black Friday, a traditionally busy holiday shopping day, and instead encourage them to take advantage of online deals or roadside pick-ups .
Remember, skip the crowds and shop from home this Black Friday. Our local stores have sidewalk pickups and need our support, ” wrote Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in a tweet Friday.
Matthew Shay, CEO of the National Retail Federation, said Friday his lobby group predicted a record high in holiday spending this year, even with many Americans struggling financially as the pandemic hit the economy and jobs.
“Consumers are there,” he told Fox Business Network in an interview. He said people had shifted their spending from travel, entertainment, and other experience-based consumption to domestic and other material goods.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 114 Americans tested positive for COVID-19 every minute. with 65 deaths per hour. Pictured, El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office staff lock up the mobile morgues before moving bodies in bags labeled ‘Covid’ from refrigeration trailers to the morgue
In an effort to mitigate the COVID-19 winter wave, more than 20 states have enacted new restrictions, including mask mandates and limiting the capacity of bars, restaurants and places of worship.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on religious gatherings, voting 5-4 late to requests from a Roman Catholic diocese and two Orthodox Jewish congregations for an injunction to prevent the capacity restrictions are enforced.
Cuomo dismissed the statement as ‘irrelevant’, saying it related to places of worship in specific areas that were no longer considered high risk. However, the ruling could have broader implications for places of worship that rely on capacity constraints elsewhere.
Earlier this week, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said the latest COVID-19 restrictions on meetings in the capital also apply to in-house religious services, reducing capacity from 100 to 50 people, up to a maximum of 50%.
It was not immediately clear whether the curbs would be challenged after the Supreme Court ruling.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that the death toll in the US will exceed 300,000 from COVID-19 in mid-December. In the photo, bodies wrapped in plastic are loaded into a refrigerated temporary mortuary trailer in a parking lot of the medical examiner’s office in El Paso County