US COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high

Dec. 10, 2020

The number of Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 reached a record daily high yesterday, as the nation approached the time when a new surge related to Thanksgiving gatherings could start to show, reported the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

There were 104,600 people in the hospital for their COVID-19 infections, according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project.

An analysis of federal data by the New York Times shows that more than a third of Americans live in areas that are running short of intensive care unit (ICU) beds. The analysis revealed that hospitals serving more than 100 million Americans reported having fewer than 15 percent of ICU beds still available.

Meanwhile, the federal government has fallen well short of its goal to shore up the country's emergency stockpile of respirator masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), the Wall Street Journal reported.

CIDRAP has the report.

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