The United States on Wednesday reached over 100,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. Cases have tripled since October 1st, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Many healthcare facilities are facing overcrowding and overpopulation as more people are being admitted to the hospital.
According to CBS News, California has nearly 10,000 hospitalizations with a current rate of 75% ICU capacity. South Dakota, Indiana, and Nevada are already at 100% ICU capacity. Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, provides treatment for 30 patients in a parking garage, considered an alternate care location.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) stated in the weekly report that,
Overall weekly hospitalization rate is at its highest point in the pandemic, with additional steep increases in individuals aged 65 years and older. The weekly percentages of deaths due to PIC increased for five weeks from early October through early November and are expected to increase for the most recent weeks as additional data are reported. Hospitalization rates for the most recent week are also expected to increase as additional data are reported.
Along with overcrowding, there is a shortage of hospital staff to treat the patients.