Hospitals Are Filling Up and Cities Are Shutting Down

U.S. hospitals are staggering under the strain of COVID-19 cases, which have jumped almost 50% over the last two weeks.

To stem the tide, cities and states are imposing new restrictions and lockdowns, essentially telling Americans to cancel plans for the holidays.

Almost 79,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest total during the pandemic according to Reuters. And there’s no sign that the virus is slowing down.

New York City shuttered public schools when the 7-day positive test rate average hit 3%. Minnesota closed bars, restaurants, and fitness centers starting on Friday, and Michigan imposed new restrictions as well.

Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota said that more than 90% of the ICU beds in the eastern half of the state were occupied, and Wisconsin reported that 90.2% of its ICU beds were occupied.

Civic leaders across the country are holding their breath about Thanksgiving, hoping that travel during the holidays won’t lead to yet another spike in infections and overrun the healthcare system.

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