United States surpasses 850,000 total COVID-19 deaths, 800,000 daily cases

The United States has surpassed 850,000 total COVID-19 deaths just one month after reporting 800,000 fatalities related to the virus, according to data released Sunday.

Data collected by Johns Hopkins University shows that the United States has reported 850,247 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic along with 65,404,580 infections with a seven-day average of more than 800,000 new daily cases nationwide amid the presence of the Omicron variant.

A total of a record 156,874 inpatient beds at more than 6,000 hospitals nationwide are in use for COVID-19 patients, accounting for 20.44%, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced he was sending more than 100 military medical personnel to overcrowded hospitals in six states — Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island — to assist with the surge.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Sunday told CNN’s State of the Union that while New York, which reported a 47% drop in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and other parts of the Northeast are beginning to see plateaus and declines in COVID-19 cases “the entire country is not moving at the same pace” creating a challenge for health officials.

“The Omicron wave started later in other parts of the country. So we shouldn’t expect a national peak in the next coming days,” said Murthy. “The next few weeks will be tough.”

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