Coronavirus live updates: Trump claims U.S. is ‘rounding the turn’ as more than 42,000 are hospitalized for covid-19
October 27, 2020 at 12:12 AM EDT
Hospitals in nearly every region report a flood of covid-19 patients
By Joel Achenbach, Karin Brulliard, Brittany Shammas and Jacqueline Dupree
Hospitals in many regions of the country — the Upper Midwest, the Mountain West, the Southwest and the heart of Appalachia — are seeing record levels of patients suffering from covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
More than 42,000 people were hospitalized nationally with the virus on Monday, a figure that is steadily climbing toward the midsummer peak caused by massive outbreaks in the Sun Belt. In the places hit the hardest, this is nudging hospitals toward the nightmare scenario of rationing care.
The country is not there yet, but the recent rise in confirmed coronavirus infections — which set a single-day record Saturday of more than 83,000 — is an ominous leading indicator of an imminent surge of patients into hospitals. The pattern of this pandemic has been clear: Infections go up, hospitalization rates follow in a few weeks, and then deaths spike.