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US breaks records on COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases

FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, medical personnel don PPE while attending to a patient who is not infected with COVID-19, in a section of New York’s Bellevue Hospital outfitted to care for COVID-19 patients. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, there were 1,277 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York, the highest level since mid-June. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Seth Wenig/AP

US breaks records on COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases

Ryan King January 11, 10:58 AMJanuary 11, 11:02 AM

The United States shattered its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, reporting 145,982 patients in the hospital with COVID-19.

The number is up from the previous record of 142,273 on Jan. 14, 2021, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. also reached a new record of daily COVID-19 cases Monday, with 1,483,656 cases reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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US SMASHES COVID-19 RECORD, REPORTS OVER 1 MILLION DAILY CASES

While hospitalizations and daily cases in the U.S. are topping records, recorded daily deaths from COVID-19 are at 1,906, which is below the record 4,442 set on Jan. 20, 2021, according to JHU.

Of all hospitalizations in the U.S., roughly 21% of patients have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, according to the HHS. There are also 23,956 patients in intensive care units with COVID-19 — about 31% of all ICU patients. About 78% of all hospital beds in the U.S. and about 81% of all ICU beds are in use. The department’s data did not clarify whether the patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 or for unrelated reasons and tested positive for the virus upon entering hospitals.

But some health experts have seized on the distinction to suggest that the data could be misleading, with Dr. Anthony Fauci arguing that data demonstrating increased COVID-19 hospitalizations include children who were hospitalized for reasons unrelated to their COVID-19 infections.

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The country’s new record of 1,483,656 million daily cases Monday is the highest reported of any country in the world. Some weekend totals from some states and territories are included in Monday updates because they do not report over the weekends.

The highly transmissible omicron variant is likely motivating the increasing number of cases as the new strain spreads throughout the globe. The World Health Organization estimated that there were 7 million new cases of the omicron variant in Europe last week, WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge said Tuesday, adding he believes over half of the population of Western Europe will get COVID-19 over the next two months if transmission continues at its current pace.

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