Alarming new red wave maps show how surging COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have engulfed the United States in the last four months – as the number of patients being treated across the country hit a record high for the seventh straight week and the seven-day average death toll reached 2,237.
The data, which was included in the most recent
The report, leaked by the Center for Public Integrity on Tuesday, shows that 32 states were in varying ‘red zones’ for hospital admissions last week.
The red wave was considerably less three months earlier when the majority of counties in each state were seeing about two patients per 100 beds being admitted.
The hospitalization data, which was included in the most recent White House task force situation report sent weekly to states, tracks the number of new COVID-19 admissions per 100 inpatient beds across the country. The report shows that 32 states were in varying ‘red zones’ for hospital admissions last week
The red wave was considerably less three months earlier when the majority of counties in each state were seeing about two patients per 100 beds being admitted
According to the report, Maryland’s counties had the most patients per 100 beds in the country last week. The state was followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
It is the first time hospital metrics have been included in the government report.
In the report’s recommendations for states, the task force noted it was including the new hospital bed metrics so ‘every state can see in pictures the significant increase in new hospitalizations for COVID-19’.
The number of people hospitalized across the country for COVID-19 yesterday reached a record 102,148.
Hospitalizations have been setting single day highs every day since October 19. The number of patients are currently rising in 31 states compared to 14 days ago, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
In Reno, Nevada, the overwhelmed Renown Regional Medical Center started treating coronavirus patients in its underground car park this week after hospitalizations surged 230 percent over the past month.
The White House report also includes map data on deaths and cases last week per 100,000 people.
For cases, the entire country is blanketed in red, which indicates that at least some counties in every state are reporting more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents.
In terms of deaths, the majority of counties across the country are seeing between 2.1 to 9.9 fatalities per 100,000. The hardest hit states for deaths last week were in the Midwest with South Dakota and North Dakota topping the list.
The hardest hit states for deaths last week were in the Midwest with South Dakota and North Dakota topping the list. The majority of counties across the country are seeing between 2.1 to 9.9 fatalities per 100,000
Deaths across the country have been rising rapidly since last month. While fatalities surged back in April during the initial peak, they did not rise at the same rates when infections started surging across the Sun Belt states in summer
The task force warned in its report that the current fall to winter surge continued to spread rapidly across the country.
‘This surge is the most rapid increase in cases; the widest spread of transmission, with more than 2,000 counties in COVID red zones; and the longest duration of rapid increased, now entering its 8th week, that we have experienced,’ the report said.
It comes as the US recorded 1,404 deaths and 192,299 new
Deaths across the country, which have been rising rapidly since last month, are now currently averaging 2,200 per day. During the initial peak of the virus in April, the highest seven-day rolling average was just over 2,000.
In the last week, 15,658 Americans have died from COVID-19 – making it the deadliest week in the pandemic since April.
The number of new cases has surpassed 200,000 every day in the last seven days with more than 1 million cases reported in the first week of December alone.
Infections surpassed the 15 million mark on Tuesday. More than 284,000 Americans have now died of the virus.
While fatalities surged back in April during the initial peak, they did not rise at the same rates when infections started surging across the Sun Belt states in summer.
For cases, the entire country is blanketed in red, which indicates that at least some counties in every state are reporting more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents
The maps show how the virus has spread across the country since the Northeast was the hardest hit in the spring. The summer surge targeted mostly Sunbelt states before spreading to the Midwest in the fall
Fatalities, which are a lagging indicator and can rise weeks after cases are diagnosed, remained below an average of 1,000 per day until a month ago when hospitals – mostly in the Midwest – warned they were reaching capacity.
In the last week, every state apart from Utah and Montana have reported an increase in deaths compared to the previous seven days, according to a Reuters tally of state and county reports.
South Carolina saw a 204 percent increase in deaths with 213 new fatalities. Vermont’s death toll spiked by 200 percent with 12 new deaths in the last week.
The Dakotas, however, continue to record the most deaths per 100,000 across the country.
In the last week, South Dakota recorded an average of 2.7 deaths per 100,000 and North Dakota followed with 1.8 deaths, according to CDC data.
Rhode Island is currently the worst affected state across the country with an average of 110 cases per 100,000 people in the last week, the CDC data shows.
It is the first time in several weeks that a non-Midwestern state has not topped the list.
Indiana follows with 103 cases, Nebraska with 99 cases and South Dakota with 98 cases.
Government and health officials have warned that cases and deaths will rise further in the coming weeks and months due to people traveling and gathering with family – against the advice of health experts.
The number of people currently hospitalized reached a record 102,148. Hospitalizations have consistently set single-day highs since late October and are currently rising in 31 states compared to 14 days ago
Deaths across the country, which have been rising rapidly since last month, are now currently averaging 2,200 per day. During the initial peak of the virus in April, the highest seven-day rolling average was just over 2,000. The US recorded 1,404 deaths yesterday
The number of new cases has surpassed 200,000 every day in the last seven days. The US recorded 192,299 new coronavirus cases yesterday
World famous Nevada hospital is forced to treat COVID patients in its underground parking lot as admissions surge 230%
Renown Regional Medical Center opened an alternative care site with two floors of supplemental hospital beds inside a parking structure on November 12 to accommodate an overflow in COVID-19 cases.
Since then they have treated 265 people in the garage,
The number of people hospitalized in Nevada with COVID-19 has increased from 692 on November 6 to 1,617 on December 6, the Nevada Hospital Association reported Monday. That’s a jump of more than 230 percent.
Hospital officials also reported that the number of patients needing ventilators grew 250% from early November.
Nevada reported 2,448 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths Monday as the state continued to hit new highs for the number of reported positive cases over a two-week period.
The state’s 14-day test positivity rate was 21.2% on Monday — the highest since the start of the pandemic. Nevada has been hitting new highs in that rolling trend since it began experiencing a spike in reported coronavirus cases in mid-November.
Renown Regional Medical Center is now treating patients in a converted parking garage as figures show COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state have surged 230 percent over the past month
Renown Regional Medical Center opened an alternative care site with two floors of supplemental hospital beds inside a parking structure on November 12 to accommodate an overflow in COVID-19 cases
Nevada has reported 170,587 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and 2,319 deaths.
Intensive care unit doctor Jacob Keeperman is managing the $11 million field hospital. He said: ‘Nobody who has gone into medicine ever thought they would be providing care in a parking garage.’
The field hospital’s nursing manager Janet Baum said: ‘Never in my wildest nightmares would I ever have thought that we would ever see something that would be killing this many people.’
A photo of the hospital’s alternative care site last week went viral to fuel the false narrative that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, even as cases surge in the state.
President Donald Trump propelled the misinformation Tuesday, retweeting the photo of the doctor amid empty beds to his more than 80 million followers.
The picture was taken on the day the site opened and had yet to admit patients. The site, which was set up for patients who do not require long-term care, can house more than 1,400 patients.
Since the field hospital opened it has treated 265 people. Tony Slonim, the president and CEO of Renown Health, told CBS: ‘Our frontline caregivers are seeing things that they never would have imagined’
Intensive care unit doctor Jacob Keeperman is managing the $11 million field hospital. He added: ‘Nobody who has gone into medicine ever thought they would be providing care in a parking garage.’ A patient is pictured in the garage
An announcement on Renown Health’s website said the medical center was ‘preparing for surges and standing up an alternate care site in the Mill St. Parking Garage. Due to this plan, no new incoming vehicles can enter this parking garage. It will be closed until further notice.’
It was Keeperman, medical director for Renown’s Transfer and Operations Center, who shared the image.
He tweeted: ‘With 5 deaths in the last 32 hours, everyone is struggling to keep their head-up. Stay strong.’
‘It is really demoralizing to everybody who is out working so hard to have this politicized and polarized so much,’ he said. ‘I am holding patients’ hands when they take their very last breath because their loved ones can’t be with them.’
Nevada COVID-19 response director Caleb Cage said Monday that officials expect the number of reported cases to continue rising because of gatherings people held over Thanksgiving. That will likely increase hospitalizations, Cage said.
Statewide, 80 percent of staffed hospital beds were occupied Monday and 40 percent of the ventilators in Nevada were being used.
Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health Deputy Administrator Julia Peek said state officials hope that the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines will begin arriving within a week or so, but that depends on a federal panel of vaccine experts giving the go-ahead.
The advisory group is meeting this week to consider Pfizer’s vaccine and next week to consider Moderna’s.
Soon after that, Nevada expects to receive its initial round of doses, which plans to distribute to frontline workers such as hospital staff, paramedics, laboratory technicians, prison workers and nursing home residents and workers.
COVID-19 patients are now being treated in a parking garage at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, as conditions inside the nation’s hospitals are deteriorating by the day. The site is pictured before patients arrived in November
A hospital bed sits inside Renown Regional Medical Center’s parking garage, which has been transformed into an alternative care site for COVID-19 patients in Reno, Nevada. The site is pictured before patients arrived in November