Daily COVID-19 infections up more than 300 percent from Labor Day last year
Daily COVID infections are up more than 300 percent from Labor Day weekend of last year, USA Today reported, citing data from Johns Hopkins University.
According to the data, COVID-19 cases have risen 316 percent since Labor Day 2020 and daily COVID-19-related deaths are twice as high.
Hospitalizations are also up by 158 percent compared to Labor Day weekend a year ago, according to data from Health and Human Services.
The massive number of hospitalizations is causing numerous states across the nation to run short on the number of ICU beds available to patients, according to USA Today.
The Executive director at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Risa Moriarity told the newspaper that her hospital is experiencing a “logjam’ with patients being placed in beds in the hallways and also being treated in triage rooms.
The state of Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate in the country at 38 percent, USA Today reported.
“You leave work at the end of the day just exhausted by the effort it takes to [di]) that compassion up for people who are not taking care of themselves and the people around them,” Moriarity said.
In a recent interview with CNN, the nation’s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said that the nation is inching close to make those tough decisions about ICU bed priority, adding that vaccinations are still the best bet to be protected from the virus.
“We are perilously close,” Fauci told CNN. “You’re going to have to make some very tough choices.”
This comes as the nation is currently seeing another wave of COVID infections, due in large to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.