Newly diagnosed coronavirus cases and hospital stays continue to surge in almost every state in the country as the US reports new record peaks of one day in some cases.
According to a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the mean daily new cases for the past week have increased by at least 5% in at least 47 states and DC. Average daily new cases are stable or only falling in Louisiana, Montana, and Georgia, but that’s probably because Report bugs in Louisiana and Georgia.
Montana appears to be the only state really below that 5% threshold, with an average of 873 new cases per day, up 2.1% weekly.
Across the country, the US reported over 143,231 new cases on Wednesday, setting a new record of one day, according to CNBC’s analysis of the Hopkins data. The seven-day average is over 127,400, an increase of almost 35% compared to the previous week. In the past five days, the US reported a new record of new cases every day for three days, Hopkins data shows.
It’s not just cases that rise. The 7-day average of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has increased by at least 5% in 46 states, according to the US government COVID tracking projectrun by journalists in the Atlantic. Across the country, more than 65,300 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, more than at any other time in the pandemic.
“We are drilling through previous records, and the number of intensive care units is also growing rapidly with 12,000 people in the intensive care units,” said former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on Thursday “Squawk box“The number of hospitalizations is currently increasing by around 1,600 people per day, but that too will continue to increase.”
Gottlieb said the US outbreak is now different from earlier times in the pandemic, as the virus is spreading rapidly across all of the US, not just certain regions or so-called hot spots.
“This is really all over the country, so every hospital system is under a bit of pressure right now,” he said, adding, “there are only a handful that are really overwhelmed.”
Hospitals in Wisconsin, parts of Texas, Utah and the Dakotas are currently overwhelmed, Gottlieb said. He added that the rate at which hospital stays are increasing was “very worrying”.
State officials and hospital administrators in Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska, and Oklahoma have also warned they are Approach or capacity.
Gottlieb said the country is better prepared today when it comes to medical equipment like ventilators, but some hospitals will run out of personal protective equipment like masks for health workers. He added that trained staff will be the scarcest resource as hospitals increase their capacities and reallocate beds from other units of the hospital to Covid’s intensive care unit.
“In the past, hospitals could set up new intensive care units that were basically from scratch. They transformed their anesthesia wards, their post-acute care facilities, and post-operative care facilities in intensive care units to care for Covid patients,” Gottlieb said about earlier stages of the intensive care unit pandemic. “This time they won’t be able to do that if they can’t get trained staff into these settings.”
Dr. Marc Boom, CEO of the Houston Methodist Hospital System in Texas, said parts of the state like El Paso that weren’t hit as hard earlier this year are now rising sharply. In addition, he said, the urban areas that have had problems all summer also tick.
“We are concerned about where things are going,” he said on Thursday.Squawk on the street. “” And we really see potential for a pretty challenging month if we don’t manage to turn this back down. “
He added that the Houston Methodist was “battle tested” due to the influx of Covid-19 patients who saw it this summer. He said the hospital has been preparing for this surge for months and is ready to care not only for Covid-19 patients, but other sick people in need of care.
“We can’t let what happened in March and April happen again. We’ve had delays in diagnosing cancer, people who were scared of going to the emergency room,” he said. “It is a stress and a strain on our employees, but their sacred duty and obligation is to take care of people and they know and they step on and take care of people with everything.”
Dr. Alan Kaplan, CEO of UW Health at the University of Wisconsin, said his system’s hospitals are overwhelmed in both rural and urban communities. With help from the federal government, they have set up a field hospital in Milwaukee, but he does not expect any further help.
“For all practical purposes, everyone is on their own,” he said, adding that half of the state’s total of 300,000 Covid cases were reported in the past month, as were coronavirus deaths. “All of our hospitals are reaching their limits and capacities.”
He added that trained staff could become scarce in the coming weeks.
“We are always low on staff, either because they have Covid or because they have some other disease, and we need to get Covid out before we get them back to work,” he said. “There is no excess now.”
– CNBCs Sara Salinas contributed to this report.