Medical personnel discuss patients that had been admitted for testing for the coronavirus at the entrance Central Maine (ROBERT F. BUKATY / ASSOCIATED PRESS)Medical Center on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Lewiston, Maine. U.S. hospitals are setting up circus-like triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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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.

Workers at a Brooklyn hospital retrieving a body from a refrigerated trailer in April. (Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times)

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.

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