US breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations with more than 100,000 patients

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(NEXSTAR) – The United States has broken yet another COVID-19 record On Wednesday, registration of more than 100,000 hospitalized patients for the first time.

The COVID Tracking Project data showed 100,226 people hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday evening. Nearly 20,000 of them were in intensive care and 6,855 were on ventilators.

US hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients are trying to attract nurses and doctors coming out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to graduate, and offering exorbitant salaries in a desperate attempt to alleviate staffing shortages.

California officials recently announced that the state could running out of intensive care beds over Christmas, and Governor Gavin Newsom warned residents that “drastic” measures may become necessary to slow the spread of the virus.

The grim hospitalization milestone comes the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged the Americans staying home over the holidays this year amid a surge of new cases across the country. Those who decide to travel despite the CDC’s warning are encouraged to take a test before and after the trip.

“The best thing for Americans to do this upcoming holiday season is to stay home and not travel,” Henry Walke, who is the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said Wednesday. “The cases are increasing. Hospitalizations are on the rise, deaths are on the rise. We have to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase. »

The United States has recorded more than 264,500 deaths and 13,711,150 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.