‘I’ve never seen anything like this’: Houston doctor says hundreds of patients are waiting to be admitted into hospitals, but there are no beds
Emergency room doctors in Southeast Texas say they are running out of hospital beds and some patients are waiting hours and sometimes days to be admitted into a hospital.
Covid killing nearly 3,000 in U.S. every day as CDC warns of 'surge event' from Capitol riots
Mario Tama | Getty ImagesNearly 3,000 people in the U.S. are dying every day, on average, of Covid-19 as top health officials warn that the worst is yet to come. Over the past week, the country has reported an average of more than 247,200 new cases every day, up 27% from a week ago, according to Hopkins data. "We're going to continue to see mortality in the 2,500-5,000 a day range," Redfield told the McClatchy news agency in an interview. Redfield warned Friday that the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday will make the outbreak worse. More than 22.1 million doses have been distributed, according to the data, but just 6.7 million have been administered.cnbc.com
A record number of people died from Covid the last two days in America as rioters stormed U.S. Capitol
Patients lie on stretchers in a hallway in the overloaded Emergency Room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center amid a surge in COVID-19 patients in Southern California on January 5, 2021 in Apple Valley, California. A record number of people died in the U.S. from Covid on Tuesday and Wednesday, when a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol during a riot. A record 3,733 people died from the virus on Tuesday, followed by 3,865 deaths Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Over 361,200 people in the U.S. have died of the disease since the virus arrived in the U.S. nearly 12 months ago. Since then, almost 1 in every 914 U.S. residents has died of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to a Reuters analysis.cnbc.com
FDA gives emergency authorization for new antigen test to help detect coronavirus quicker and cheaper
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the first emergency use authorization for a new category of tests to help rapidly detect coronavirus. The main advantage of the antigen test is that it can provide results in minutes. There is a higher chance of false negatives with an antigen test and a negative result may need to be confirmed with an additional PCR test prior to further treatments. The antigen tests have a simpler design and can be produced at a lower cost than PCR tests. There have been a total of 8,408,788 coronavirus tests with 1,275,916 positive cases in the U.S. so far, according to the COVID Tracking Project.cnbc.com
Some Houston hospitals see decrease in ER visits amid COVID-19 crisis
Across the Texas Medical Center, 18% of all ICU beds are being used by COVID-19 patients and 43% from non-COVID-19 patients. While they are still waiting to see a possible surge in cases, Houston Methodist Hospital said they're down 75% in the emergency room department. “Hospitals are very well equipped in separating patients with suspected COVID versus the other emergencies that we have dealt with,” Zoghbi said. Even the CDC is reporting flu data comparisons from 2019 to 2020 should be interpreted with caution because they say people staying home during this pandemic are prohibiting them from keeping an accurate count of flu cases. On the other hand, Shane Magee, MD, from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic said flu cases are simply down this year.
Walgreens to open 15 drive-thru testing sites for the coronavirus across 7 states
Walgreens said Tuesday that it plans to open 15 drive-thru testing locations for the coronavirus across seven states, starting later this week. Walgreen's expansion of drive-thru testing marks the acceleration of an effort that the White House announced more than three weeks ago. These latest sites are not in CVS parking lots, but at larger locations that can support multiple lanes of cars. The rapid COVID-19 test, which the sites will use, delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results within 13 minutes. Walgreens president Richard Ashworth said the pharmacy chain learned how to scale test sites after opening its first location in Massachusetts.cnbc.com
More than 1 million people tested for coronavirus in US, but access varies from state to state
Here's a look, in charts, at where the U.S. stands in testing for the coronavirus. Third is Washington state, home of the first COVID-19 case detected in the U.S., at more than 1,000 test results per 100,000. While Texas has tested more than 50,000 people, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, that's only 174 per 100,000 of its residents. But it's not the only state facing backlogs; South Carolina's state epidemiologist last week cited a shortage in the chemicals needed to process the tests to explain that state's lag. Based on Thursday's totals, the U.S. had tested 1,267,658 people, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which aggregates state-reported data.cnbc.com