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This is How Bad Coronavirus Really is in America

From makeshift morgues to shipping in nurses, here is how bad the situation is getting in the hotspots.

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the country, four states in particular are feeling the wrath of the highly infectious and potentially deadly virus in the most extreme ways. According to NBC News, almost 1 in 5 new cases of the coronavirus reported around the world came from just three U.S. states—Florida, Texas and California—while Arizona is also experiencing a major surge. (Countrywide, there have been 3.53 million cases and 138,000 deaths.) In case you still aren't convinced of the severity of the situation in these four states, here are some of the realities they are dealing with as coronavirus cases are piling up. Read on, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.


Texas: Hospitals are at Capacity 

Female anaesthesiologist writing the updates

CNN reports that in South Texas, hospitals in Laredo are full and the federal government is being forced to convert a hotel into a healthcare facility. Other hospitals are experiencing not only a shortage of beds, but also drugs, ventilators, and even staff. 


Texas: Trucks are Being Used as Makeshift Morgues

Dozens of refrigerated trucks and containers seen on Randall's Island prepared for influx of dead bodies as morgue amid COVID-19 pandemic

Two counties in Texas—Cameron and Hidalgo—have nowhere to put their bodies so they are sharing a large refrigerated trailer. Over in San Antonio officials are in the process of requesting refrigerated trucks.


Texas: Nursing Homes are Overwhelmed

Home care doctor wearing personal protective equipment(PPE).Infection and cross-contamination during home visit to suspect COVID-19 senior patient

There is worry that nursing home facilities aren't equipped to deal with the infections ravaging their high-risk residents. According to reports, there were nearly 1,000 new infections of nursing home residents in the week ending Friday, July 10—which is likely a low estimate due to a data lag. Since last Friday, the state has reported more than 1,800 new cases among nursing home residents. 


Florida: The ICUs Are at Capacity

Infected patient in quarantine lying in bed in hospital, coronavirus concept.

According to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), over 50 hospitals in Florida have reached capacity due to the large number of coronavirus patients—and absolutely no beds are available. 


Florida: The State is Worse Off Than Most Countries

Florida Health and FDEM COVID-19 Mobile Testing Facility. Walk-up coronavirus testing site at Miami Beach, Florida

With more than 301,000 positive cases of coronavirus, only eight other countries have a higher case count, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Florida: There's an "Epicenter of the Epicenter"

Lincoln Road shut down to the public to stop spread of Coronavirus Covid 19 Miami Beach Florida

Broward County (home of Miami) is the undeniable epicenter of the virus. However, despite the surge of cases, people are still partying in pre-pandemic fashion—forcing the numbers to continue their steady rise. "As of today, our county capacity for intensive care patients was 423 beds and we currently have 438 COVID patients," Miami mayor, Dan Gelber said in a Tuesday statement. "That means our county is 'over' capacity."


California: It's Setting Records

couple wearing masks due to corona virus pandemic at the Griffith Park in Los Angeles

California might have been one of the first states to shut down, but their reopening strategy seems to have set them back—way back. On Wednesday they set record highs for hospitalizations and ICU admissions. 


California: Phasing Back Reopening and Lockdowns is Possible

a road sign still reads Face Covering Required for coronavirus

Due to their surge of cases, California has been rolling back their reopening, closing bars, indoor dining at restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and other higher risk indoor venues. And, more stay-at-home orders in at-risk areas are very possible. "We can't take anything off the table — there's absolutely no certainty of what exactly is going to happen next," Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director warned.


California: Keeping Kids Out of Classes

schoolgirl studying homework math during her online lesson at home,

Los Angeles and San Diego school districts—two of the largest in the country—have announced that when children start going back to school in the Fall, all instruction will be online only. 


Arizona: Morgues are at Capacity

Phoenix, Arizona, USA cityscape in downtown at sunset.

So many people are dying of coronavirus in some parts of Arizona, that they don't know what to do with all the bodies. Maricopa County (the Phoenix area) is experiencing the largest surge of cases in the state, and the medical examiner's office recently ordered four portable coolers to serve as extra morgues.


Arizona: Shortage of Healthcare Workers

Exhausted crying doctor/nurse in coronavirus protective gear N95 mask

The Arizona department of Health announced this week that they are deploying out-of-state nursing staff to hospitals with critical staffing needs. "Hospitals may receive these resources for up to six weeks as they enhance their internal surge plans," they explained on Twitter


How to Stay Healthy Where You Are

Woman Washing her hands with soap and water at home bathroom

Wear your face mask, wash your hands frequently, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, monitor your health, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss this special report: I'm a Doctor and Here's How to Never Catch COVID-19 Outside.

Leah Groth
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