The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the U.S. topped 48,000 on Monday, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project, continuing a monthslong increase and hitting the highest point since mid-August as people headed to the polls to vote in the presidential contest.
The rise comes as new confirmed infections are rising across the nation, and public-health officials and epidemiologists worry that the coming holiday season will accelerate the new surge in cases.
In Ohio, hospitalizations once again hit a new high, topping 1,800 for Monday, rising by more than 100 from the previous day, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. Similar to the U.S. as a whole, the state has seen hospitalizations climb since early October.
Mike Abrams, chief executive and president of the Ohio Hospital Association, said he expected the state’s increase in hospitalizations to continue and is worried about the Thanksgiving holiday, when families will gather around tables across the nation.
“I do think that we aren’t finished setting records on hospitalizations or positives in Ohio,” Mr. Abrams said. He said Tuesday that 68% of the state’s hospital beds are full and 6.8% of those beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients. Of the state’s 4,580 intensive-care unit beds, 10.3% are being used by Covid-19 patients, Mr. Abrams said.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 4,229 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear cautioned that hospitalizations in the state are climbing more quickly.
“We are seeing in certain areas hospital systems becoming taxed,” the Democrat said Tuesday. “If we cannot control the increase, then it is a real possibility that we could face some real concerns with capacity.” Kentucky had 988 hospitalizations for Nov. 2, according to the Covid Tracking Project, the most the project had on record for the state.
For the U.S. overall, Monday’s hospitalization count is the highest since Aug. 11, according to Covid Tracking Project data. The U.S. hit a pandemic high of 59,940 hospitalizations on April 15, that data showed, when New York was bearing the brunt of a surge in coronavirus cases. After hitting a recent low of 28,608 hospitalizations Sept. 20, hospitalizations started to steadily increase around the beginning of October.
The latest increases are more widespread geographically and reaching more remote regions of the nation, which is expected to further strain resources needed for disaster response, said experts in health-care emergency planning. At least a dozen states, including Ohio, saw the numbers of Covid-19 patients in hospitals set a new high Monday, Covid Tracking Project data show.
Hospital stays from the virus have gotten shorter in the midst of advances in Covid-19 treatment, helping to ease the pressure on hospital capacity, but doctors and health-care disaster experts said those improvements aren’t enough to be able to combat the increase in hospitalizations.
Texas reported the most hospitalizations in the country Monday, with more than 5,000, followed by Illinois and California, which both had more than 3,000, and Florida, which had more than 2,000, according to
The weekly number of new coronavirus infections is at the highest level in two months in both Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Each county had 386 new infections last week, the most since mid-August.
Manatee County had 105 new infections on Oct. 10 and 120 on Oct. 16. Before that, the last time the county had 100 new infections in a single day was in August.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 also is up in both counties.
Sarasota County had 42 COVID-19 patients in the hospital Sunday, the most since early September. Manatee had 27 COVID-19 patients Sunday, up from just 10 on September 10.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is treating the bulk of the COVID-19 patients in the region. The hospital had 32 patients hospitalized with the disease Friday, compared with just 18 on September 29.
It is unclear if the increases are just blips, or part of a new upward trend. Each county is still well below the new infection and hospitalization numbers seen during the pandemic’s peak locally in July. And the number of tests coming back positive in each county continues to be below 5% on most days, although the positivity rate inched above that level twice last week in Manatee and once in Sarasota.
During the week of July 19 to 25 there were 872 new virus cases in Sarasota and 1,265 in Manatee. Sarasota had 145 COVID-19 patients in the hospital on July 28 and Manatee had 123.
Last week’s new case total was the most in Sarasota County since the week of August 9 to 15, when there were 478. In Manatee County, last week’s total was the most since August 16 to 22, when there were 388 cases.
The weekly number of new cases has risen for three weeks in a row in Manatee, and for two weeks in Sarasota.
According to figures released Monday by the state Department of Health, more than 16,000 Florida residents have died of COVID-19. Florida reported 54 resident deaths Monday, bringing the total to 16,021. The state also reported 1,707 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 756,727. The most resident deaths have occurred in Southeast Florida, where Miami-Dade County has had 3,547, Broward County has had 1,515, and Palm Beach County has had 1,497, the Department of Health numbers show. The next-highest numbers are in Pinellas County, with 801 resident deaths, and Hillsborough County, with 751. Also hard-hit have been nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As of Monday, the state reported 6,496 deaths involving long-term care residents and staff members.
The report includes material from the News Service of Florida.
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