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In states across the country, officials remain concerned about the number of Covid-19 patients in the hospital and the ability of hospitals to find enough rooms.
California set records in cases, hospitalizations and intensive care units on Wednesday. The most populous state only has about 1,500 beds in the intensive care unit.
Dr. Fresno County interim public health officer Rais Vohra reported no ICU capacity on Tuesday.
“Whenever the intensive care units are full, it is very difficult to get patients through the emergency room. It is very difficult for us to provide efficient services,” said Vohra, an emergency medicine specialist.
The state has imposed restrictions on five regions if ICU capacity falls below 15%. Greater Sacramento hit the threshold on Wednesday and an order for 3 million residents will begin late Thursday.
“I know those who are not in the medical field may not understand or understand how bad the situation is, but all the things you hear about – how it affects our hospitals, how bad our situation is Intensive care units are – it’s absolutely true. And that’s really why we want everyone to stay at home as much as possible, “said Vohra.
The Oklahoma facilities had only 34 intensive care beds available late Tuesday.
Other states that reported record hospitals on Wednesday include North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
In the United States, Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased sharply.
The U.S. has recorded an average of 206,152 new cases per day for the past seven days – the country’s highest average in the pandemic to date.
And 106,688 Covid-19 patients were reported in US hospitals on Wednesday, which is also a high for the pandemic, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
The average number of daily coronavirus deaths per week per country – 2,230 – is close to the highest ever average of 2,241, recorded on April 24, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In total, more than 288,000 people have died from the virus in the United States.
According to the JHU, more than 15.3 million official Covid-19 cases have been reported, although researchers believe the actual number of infections is much higher.
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