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- The U.S. saw more than 216,000 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 3.
- This spike in infections and hospitalizations comes after a travel-heavy Thanksgiving.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S posted another record high of new daily cases.
The New York Times data aggregator counts 216,548 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 3, surpassing the previous record of 180,536 new cases recorded on Nov. 25.
Deaths also continue to climb, with 2,857 new fatalities recorded on Thursday, a 37 percent increase in nationwide fatalities from two weeks ago.
States are beginning to plan how officials will delegate the first round of available COVID-19 vaccines, slated to arrive by mid-December.
New guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advocate giving initial dosages to health care workers and long-term care residents to help reduce transmission and prevent severe infections that could lead to hospitalizations or death.
Until then, some states dealing with crippling surges are reinstating harsh lockdown measures. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a statewide stay-at-home order for anyone outside of essential workers.
This is a bid to prevent overwhelming a fragile health care system.
“If we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed. If we don’t act now, we will continue to see the death rate climb,” Newsom said in a news briefing.