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These 5 States are Seeing a Huge Rise in COVID Hospitalizations

Areas in the South and Midwest have some hospitals filling up.
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It can seem, as virus experts predicted, like there are "two Americas": In states like Maine or Massachusetts, the levels of COVID transmission are very low, and so are hospitalizations. In areas of the South, the transmission levels are "high." As a result, hospitalizations nationwide are up 46% from last week, with more than 5,4000 COVID patients admitted. In fact, four states alone in the South and Midwest make up more than half of the country's hospitalizations, and their rates, in some cases, are as high as they were at the peak of the pandemic. Read on to see which ones—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Florida Has the Largest Outbreak in the Country, With One Hospital in "Black Status"

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"Florida has the largest outbreak in the country, and has the highest seven-day average of cases since the state's previous peak in January," reports Axios. As a result, all hospital-based outpatient or non-emergency procedures are being deferred in some places, aka moving into "black status." "Cases continue to rise sharply with no sign that the surge is beginning to decelerate," said Dr. Neil Finkler, chief clinical officer of AdventHealth's Central Florida Division. "This important step will help us create more resources for our clinical teams, and ensure that we can continue to care for our community." They said they had about 1,000 COVID patients in the hospital.


Louisiana Had Biggest Increase of Hospitalizations Since March

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"As of Tuesday, 1,390 people were in the hospital with the coronavirus, an increase of 169 since Monday. The state Department of Health said it was the largest single-day increase since March of last year," reports NBC News. "Louisiana is experiencing hospitalization rates that it hasn't seen since March 2020, Joseph Kanter, the state's health officer, said on a call with reporters on Thursday," reports Axios. "We didn't think this far into the pandemic that we would be right back here. It feels like we never left, unfortunately," he said.


Hospitals Filling, Texas is on High Alert for a "Fourth Surge"

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"​​When Terry Scoggin left work at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday evening, there were five patients at the facility being treated for COVID," reports the Texas Tribune. "Overnight, six more people suffering severe coronavirus infections were admitted to the rural Northeast Texas hospital — pushing the facility to its capacity limit and putting Scoggin, the hospital's chief executive, on high alert for what he's calling 'a fourth surge.' 'We're at it again,' Scoggin said." "These numbers are staggering and frightening," said Eric Epley, CEO of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma in San Antonio.

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Missouri is Battling a "Big-Time Delta Surge"

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"Daryl Barker was passionately against a COVID-19 vaccination, and so were his relatives. Then 10 of them got sick and Barker, at just 31, ended up in a Missouri intensive care unit fighting for his life," reports the AP. "It's a scenario playing out time and again at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, where 22 people died from the virus in the first 23 days of July. Many other hospitals across Missouri are fighting the same battle, the result of the fast-spreading delta variant invading a state with one of the nation's lowest vaccination rates, especially in rural areas." "We've had a big-time delta virus surge here. A lot of admissions, a lot of people who are very sick and are dying," Dr. Harbaksh Sangha, Lake Regional's chief medical officer, told the wire service. "So as a human being it's very frustrating, but as a physician, we just take care of whatever we get."

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The Number of COVID Patients Has Tripled in Minnesota

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"Two weeks ago, there were 19 patients in Minnesota ICU beds. That number has since tripled and health experts fear it will only get worse," reports CBS. "When I say now they're coming in sicker than ever, I mean it," Mary Turner, President of the Minnesota Nurses Association and a COVID-19 ICU nurse at North Memorial Medical Center, told the network. "People are getting sicker faster and they're needing care quicker than they did with the previous surges we've had," said Helen Strike, President of two local Allina hospitals.


What the Hospitalized People Had in Common

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An estimated 99% of those hospitalized from COVID-19 were not vaccinated, according to reports. Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
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