Nine US States Seeing Spikes in COVID-19 Hospitalizations

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 20: Medical workers transport a patient outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 20, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are just beginning to see a downturn in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Hospitalization data challenge the notion that spike in new cases is solely because of increased testing.

HealthDay News – In another troubling sign that the spread of COVID-19 might be accelerating, new US data show hospitalizations in at least 9 states have been on the rise since Memorial Day.

In Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Mississippi, Utah, and Arizona, increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients are showing up at hospitals, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

For example, Texas has reported 2 consecutive days of record-breaking COVID-19 hospitalizations. The state, which was one of the first to reopen, has seen a 36% increase in new cases since the end of May, with a record 2056 hospitalizations recorded by Tuesday afternoon, the Post reported.

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The hospitalization data challenge the notion that the country is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases solely because of increased testing, the Post reported. By Wednesday, the US COVID-19 case count neared 2 million as the death toll passed 112,000.

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