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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Surging. Where Are Hospitals Reaching Capacity?

Added 11-10-20 06:07:02am EST - “The pandemic is once again putting tens of thousands of people in the hospital in the U.S. Is it more than the health care system can handle? Find out which states are getting close to their limit.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Surging. Where Are Hospitals Reaching Capacity?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Surging hospitalizations are straining health care systems around the country. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

Throughout the U.S., hospitals and health care workers are tracking the skyrocketing number of new coronavirus cases in their communities and bracing for a flood of patients to come in the wake of those infections. Already, seriously ill COVID-19 patients are starting to fill up hospital beds at unsustainable rates.

U.S. hospitalizations overall have nearly doubled since late September. As of Monday more than 56,000 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized around the country, approaching the highs of the midsummer and spring surges.

"We have legitimate reason to be very, very concerned about our health system at a national level," says Lauren Sauer, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University who studies hospital surge capacity.

The spring and summer waves of COVID-19 hospitalizations were concentrated largely in a handful of cities in the Northeast and parts of the South.

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