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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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  2. Health: New cases down, but the West is at risk — Low vaccination rates exacerbate America's caregiving crisis — COVID is here to stay. So what does "victory" look like? — FDA will review Merck COVID-19 pill.
  3. Politics: NHL announces all but four players have been vaccinated — WHO names new advisory group on COVID origins — Biden admin warns Moderna to "step up" global vaccine supply.
  4. Education: LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations amid staffing shortage — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive — Arizona can't use aid for anti-mask education grants, Treasury says.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Oct 14, 2021 - Health

FDA will review Merck COVID-19 pill

The Merck logo. Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it will meet on Nov. 30th to review Merck's experimental oral antiviral COVID-19 treatment

Why it matters: An oral antiviral drug designed to prevent or treat COVID-19 could be a key tool to combat the pandemic. Merck ended its vaccine development in January.

Oct 14, 2021 - Health

FDA panel unanimously endorses Moderna boosters for certain populations

A pharmacist prepares to give a COVID-19 booster vaccination. Photo: Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Thursday endorsed boosters for Moderna recipients who are at high risk of severe COVID-19, occupational exposure to COVID-19 or are 65 years and older.

Why it matters: The unanimous decision mirrors the FDA conditions for those who qualify for a Pfizer booster.