COVID-19 Has Reached an All-Time High

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Echo Diffenderfer, Staff Writer/Editor

The number of COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed since March. On Tuesday, November 10, the number of people with COVID-19 at U.S hospitals reached 60,000. According to CNN, the COVID-19 tracking project, a volunteer organization that compiles data on coronavirus cases, said the number as of Tuesday was 61,694.

The United States currently has about 1,661 new hospitalizations per day, the organizations data shows. These numbers are extremely troublesome because rises in hospitalizations are usually followed by a high death toll.

More than 239,000 people in the U.S. have died since the start of this pandemic, according to Johns Hopskins University.

Another 110,000 or more deaths are projected in the next two months, according to the University of Washington’s Institute Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

The rising numbers have begun taking their toll on American communities. In Texas, the hard-hit county of El Paso has six mobile morgues and  has asked for four more trailers, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said Monday. That comes as the state nears 1 million infections since the pandemic’s start. Most regions in Illinois are seeing “far higher rates” of Covid-19 hospitalizations than they did during the spring, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci knows people across the country are weary of the daily bad news about the pandemic, but he has some advice for Americans. “Hang in there a bit longer,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday. “Do the things you need to do and we’ll be okay.”