Aug 25, 2021 - Health

U.S. COVID hospitalizations top 100,000 for first time since January

 EMS paramedics prepare to transport a COVID-positive woman to a hospital on August 25, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
Paramedics prepare to transport a COVID-19 patient to a hospital in Houston on Wednesday, days after her father died of the virus. Texas' largest city is seeing a major surge of the Delta variant. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

More than 100,000 Americans are now in the hospital with COVID-19.

Why it matters: It's the first time since January that coronavirus infections have surpassed 100,000. Hospitals and state health officials say the spike is driven by unvaccinated adults nationwide.

By the numbers: COVID-19 cases reached 100,517 on Tuesday and declined to 100,059 on Wednesday, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.

The big picture: The Delta variant of the coronavirus is leaving hospitals across the country inundated, as they face staff shortages and burnout, Axios' Tina Reed notes.

  • More than 77% of intensive care unit beds are in-use across the U.S., with Arkansas and Alabama officials reporting this week that their states have no spare ICU beds.
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