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Houston's coronavirus situation is "dire, and it's getting worse, seems like, every day," Harris Health System CEO and President Dr. Esmail Porsa said Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

The big picture: Porsa said the region is seeing numbers related to the spread of the virus that are "disproportionately higher than anything we have experienced in the past." He noted that Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital's ICU is at 113% capacity, and 75% of its beds are coronavirus patients.

Why it matters: New York hospitals never became so overwhelmed that patients were abandoned in hallways, but the situation became dire after lockdowns were in place, and became a matter of riding out the storm, writes Axios' Caitlin Owens.

  • In Texas and elsewhere, people remain free to move around and thus keep spreading the virus.

What he's saying: "The situation, the best I can describe it is dire and it's getting worse, it seems like, every day. As we're hopeful we can turn for the better, it seems like every day we're setting a new record."

  • "LBJ Hospital has been over 100% capacity for ICU beds. As of yesterday afternoon, it was 113%. That happens, exactly as you describe it, as we add more intensive care beds to the hospital, the capacity goes over 100% capacity. Meaning every traditionally designated ICU bed at LBJ Hospital is already occupied. And 75% of those beds are now COVID-19 positive, which is staggering."

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Oct 21, 2020 - Health

The overwhelming aftershocks of the pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic will wreak havoc on the U.S. health care system long after it ends — whenever that may be.

Why it matters: The pre-pandemic health care system was already full of holes, many of which have been exposed and exacerbated over the past several months, and many Americans will be stuck with that system as they grapple with the long-term consequences of the pandemic.

Oct 20, 2020 - Health

University of Michigan students ordered to shelter-in-place

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University of Michigan students must shelter-in-place for 14 days due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases on campus, the school's president Mark Schlissel wrote in a letter on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Schlissel said the order is meant to address small- and medium-sized social gatherings that have been identified as the primary cause of new cases on campus.

Oct 21, 2020 - Health

CDC: Two-thirds of excess deaths were from COVID-19

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About 285,000 more people have died in the U.S. than anticipated, and 66% of those fatalities were due to COVID-19, a report out Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

By the numbers: The deaths, recorded between Feb. 1 and Sept. 16, disproportionately affect Latinx and Black Americans. The "excess death" rate among 25-to-44 year-olds is also up about 27% from previous years.