These States Have Hospitals Overrun by COVID
As Americans voted for the next President of the United States, a different kind of counting was happening simultaneously: the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Thirteen states broke hospitalization records on Tuesday. Read on to see which states are struggling, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, Hoosiers are hearing more about other countries and states imposing tighter restrictions to curb the spread of the virus," reports Fox 59. "We believe a lot of this has to do with people letting their guard down," Thomas Duszynski, Director of Epidemiology Education at IUPUI, told the network. "That they're gathering in these small clusters, whether it be in bars or restaurants or weddings…We're all kind of tired of this pandemic and tired of being socially isolated, but now is definitely not the time to let our guard down."
"On a day when Iowa reported its eighth straight record high of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the top executive of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics urged Iowans to accept this as the year they forgo the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings," reports the Gazette. "This may be the year that, on top of everything else, 2020 took away our ability for families to get together in the manner that they did before for Thanksgiving and Christmas," Chief Executive Officer Suresh Gunasekaran said. "I think that these are the kinds of choices that Iowans are going to have to make."
"When you wake up tomorrow, I hope you realize that no matter who wins or who loses, we are still at war with this virus, and we're going to need your effort no matter the outcome," said Gov. Andy Beshear, who called 11 new deaths, bringing its total to more than 1,500, a "grim milestone." "It appears that we are going to lose a significant number of additional Kentuckians … unless we do better," Beshear said.
With 909 cases and 13 deaths yesterday, Montana's numbers are rising, changing at least one mind. "A Montana resident who called the COVID-19 pandemic a 'sham-demic' and mocked mask wearers said he is now taking the pandemic seriously after contracting the virus," reports USA Today. "Now, Herrera said he is 'a firm believer' in the risks of the pandemic. 'I would just rather play it safe,' he said.
"Local hospitals are running out of space for patients; Monday announcing drastic measures to avoid reaching capacity and calling on Nebraskans to step up and help," reports WOWT. "We can make capacity, we can care for people, but everyone, every citizen has to do their part," said Dr. Bill Lydiatt, Methodist Health. "The call comes as Nebraska Medicine, Methodist Health, and CHI stare down their biggest COVID-19 hospitalization numbers to date; doubling over the past few weeks."
"COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen to another New Mexico record as 382 people infected with the disease were occupying hospital beds Monday," reports the Albuquerque Journal. "The state also reported 10 more deaths related to the disease, bringing the toll to 1,036. According to the Governor's Office, 74% of the state's general hospital beds and 69% of intensive care beds are occupied."
"North Dakota has been the nation's COVID-19 hotspot for more than a month as more North Dakotans continue to succumb to the illness," reports the Grand Forks Herald. "Local officials are grappling with their growing case counts as state government looks on, encouraging them to do what is best in their communities to slow the pandemic's rapid spread."
"The pandemic is getting worse in Oklahoma, and science says mask wearing is one of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. But with spotty mandates, mitigating the virus comes down to whether Oklahomans are willing to wear a mask voluntarily," reports KGOU. "Since the beginning of the pandemic, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has been unwilling to issue a state-wide mask mandate, instead emphasizing personal responsibility and local control. His hesitance is understandable, at least politically."
"In his last rallies of the 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump predicted the new coronavirus would disappear from the national agenda the day after the general election. But Dr. Dustin Calhoun of UC Health has been watching the numbers, and he doesn't see the pathogen disappearing Nov. 4, or any time soon," reports Cincinnati.com. "In fact, with case counts, hospitalizations and infection rates rising to all-time highs, 'the overall picture still is very concerning and worsening, and it's foolhardy to take too much stock in any one number,' said Calhoun, who is leading the region's emergency response to the pandemic and also an emergency department doctor at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center."
"The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 hit a new high Tuesday, while the state reported eight additional deaths," reports the Argus Leader. "Another 1,004 South Dakotans tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 48,854. The new cases were detected from 3,303 new tests. Hospitalizations increased to 480, which was 78 more than reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Monday, the largest one-day jump in hospitalizations. Statewide, 40 percent of the state's staffed hospital beds were available and 48 percent of intensive care unit beds."
"The outbreak is much larger and more volatile than it was in March, when the state shut down to slow the virus, and it has exceeded all the peaks of July, when the virus ran rampant in Nashville and Memphis," reports the Tennessean. "Coronavirus now spreads in every corner of Tennessee, and the state is regularly setting new records for infections, hospitalizations and deaths. As of Thursday afternoon, the state was recording an average of 2,700 infections and 36 deaths per day. Nearly 1,400 Tennesseans were hospitalized with the virus."
"Coronavirus hospitalizations blew past previous record highs on Tuesday, with 366 Utahns currently hospitalized and 1,669 new diagnoses statewide," reports the Salt Lake Tribune. "Nearly 500 Utahns have been admitted to hospitals in the past week alone — a record high. In total, 5,665 patients have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, up a record 89 from the day before."
"Hundreds of more people in Wisconsin have been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the latest numbers from the state Department of Health Services," reports Channel 3000. "DHS officials said 247 people have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours, which more than doubles the hospitalizations confirmed Monday. Out of the state's 11,089 hospital beds, 15% remain available for new patients." As for yourself, protect yourself: Wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.