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.”