The United States faces a winter surge as the number of coronavirus hospitalizations rises in 14 states

The United States faces a winter surge as the number of coronavirus hospitalizations rises in 14 states

As winter approaches, fourteen U.S. states are facing a spike in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maps. The overall increase in the country is 8.6%, with 16,239 new admissions in the week ending November 11. The upper Midwest, parts of the South Atlantic, and southern mountainous regions saw higher elevations. This increase is in line with health officials’ expectations, as they attribute it to cold weather that promotes increased transmission of the virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maps show a spike in coronavirus cases in 14 states.

“Cold weather tends to lead to increased spread of viruses and other infections,” the CDC notes. A 2020 study suggests that the COVID-19 virus thrives longer in cold, dry conditions, underscoring the seasonal challenge.

Hospitalizations have risen steadily since late June, peaking in early September but remaining stable at about 15,000 through October and November. While this is well below the January 2021 peak of more than 150,600, the latest data reveals troubling trends in many states.

Vermont leads at 70 percent, followed by Iowa and Alaska at 60 percent. Montana, Minnesota and Hawaii saw increases of more than 30 percent. Virginia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona and Washington, D.C., recorded increases of more than 20 percent.

“Although the magnitude of the spikes in some states may be startling, this may be because they represent relatively low numbers of hospitalizations,” the report explains. For example, in Vermont, with a 70 percent increase, there were only 43 hospitalizations per week.

Florida and Massachusetts saw moderate declines of 10 to 20 percent, while Rhode Island and New Jersey saw significant declines of 33.3 percent and 34.2 percent, respectively. Nationally, there is a 1.8% rise in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, indicating more severe cases requiring ventilation.

While local surges have prompted establishments to re-enforce mask wearing over the summer, the evolving situation underscores the importance of remaining vigilant and adaptable in the face of changing infection rates.

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