States across the United States are setting new records for new Coronavirus cases at the end of the year. For example, as the Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19 continue to spread, the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services reported its maximum one-day average of new cases. Furthermore, the state reported around eighteen thousand five hundred and seventy-one positive cases for the virus – a figure sixty percent higher than the previously reported record of about eleven thousand five hundred and eighty-one set in January 2021.
Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Ohio soared to their record highest level in the United States because of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. pic.twitter.com/EDjdKmbbOy
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The number of people in the southeastern state visiting the emergency room for Coronavirus-like illness also set a record at around four thousand one hundred and seventy-one. The number of residents currently hospitalized with Coronavirus has approximately doubled since the start of the month. In a press release, incoming NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley stated that they are concerned that a small part of these virus infections that ends up in the hospital could overwhelm the hospital system and intensify the loss of lives of those who are vulnerable to the virus.
States are Facing Staffing Shortages
Moreover, in neighboring South Carolina, the Department of Health & Environment Control reported a record-high number of new per day cases of around nine thousand on the year’s last day. Dr. Edward Simmer, the Director of the Department, told the press that January would be a difficult month for the state. On Thursday, a third of the hospitals of the state reported critical staffing shortages to the United States Department of Health & Human Services.
In the Midwest, the number of hospitals in Ohio with Coronavirus also hit a record high on 30th December, for the second day running. In addition, the Ohio Department of Health reported around twenty thousand new cases on Thursday – a number just less than the record that set 29th December. Additionally, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards stated that his state is setting records for new Coronavirus diagnosis in the South. Thursday’s twenty-four total of twelve thousand four hundred and sixty-seven new COVID-19 cases was over a third above the Wednesday statistics.
The governor said that the number of hospitalized Coronavirus patients rose to 268 percent since 17th December. In addition, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Resource Center statistics, new Coronavirus cases mounted to their peak level on record in the United States, reaching over two hundred, sixty-five thousand per day average on average.
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