Covid Hospitalizations Rise Post-Memorial Day. Are We Already Seeing A 2nd Wave?
Although many states have begun to relax the stay-at-home orders implemented to fight the coronavirus, after Memorial Day weekend, “more than a dozen states and Puerto Rico are recording their highest averages of new cases since the pandemic began” and “hospitalizations in at least nine states have been on the rise,” reported the Washington Post.
- For example, “in 10 of the past 15 days, [Texas’] seven-day average of new cases has increased,” with an overall “36 percent increase in new cases since Memorial Day.”
- Then, in Arizona, “in 13 of the past 15 days the state’s seven-day average of new cases has increased,” resulting in an overall “49 percent increase since Memorial Day.”
- Arizona has been struggling with its bed capacity, as “76 percent of all ICU beds in Arizona were in use” as of Monday.
- Arkansas has also seen an increase in the state’s seven-day average of new cases, with “an 88 percent increase in hospitalizations since Memorial Day.”
- North Carolina is “experiencing the second-largest spike in the nation behind Texas,” as “the state reported 621 hospitalizations” on May 26, “but two weeks later, that number has climbed to 774.”
- In South Carolina, there was a 6 percent increase in hospitalizations, causing 12 counties to reach 75 percent of hospital capacity.
- Mississippi “has seen a 17 percent increase in hospitalizations since Memorial Day.”
- Utah’s numbers are climbing as well, as “the seven-day average of new cases has increased 12 of the past 15 days.”
The Post reported that as of Tuesday, “at least 110,000 people in the United States have died of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and almost 2 million cases have been reported.”