In November, 37,000 Americans died from Kovid-19, in the longest months since the first days of the Pandemic, in an agitation that tested the capacity of morgs, cemeteries and hospitals.
During the revival, states began reopening field hospitals to deal with the influx of patients pushing health care systems and their workers to the breaking point.
Hospitals bring in mobile morgs when funerals are broadcast live or drive-by affairs.
Health officials fear the crisis will worsen in the coming weeks as many Americans ignore requests to stay home for Thanksgiving and avoid people who do not live with them.
“I have no doubt that the death toll is going to rise… it’s a terrible and tragic place,” said Josh Mike Udd, associate director of global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“It will be a very dark week.”
The number in November was much lower than the 60,699 in April, but close to a high of 42,000 in May. According to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The death toll dropped to just 20,000 in June after states closed several businesses and instructed people to stay home.
The rapidly deteriorating situation is particularly disappointing as vaccine supply will begin in weeks, Mike Udd said.
At Mercy Hospital Springfield in Missouri, a mobile morgue was re-used in 2011 when a hurricane swept through nearby Joplin, killing at least 160 people.
At Bellfontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, cemeteries have increased by about a third this year compared to last year, and more than 20 people are waiting for a safe time for memorial services while cremated remains are in storage. The dead included a husband and wife in their 80s who surrendered to Kovid five days apart.
The Star Tribune in Minneapolis-St Paul recorded a 40% increase in the number of pages submitted for paid death in November, mainly because of Covid-19, a spokesman said. By November 29, the newspaper had 11 pages of death news, about halfway through a typical Sunday.
“Hospitals across the country are concerned about their capacity on a daily basis and we have not really seen the impact of the Thanksgiving trip and Thanksgiving reunion, not just the winter,” he said. Amesh Adolaja said. , Senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
The number of hospital beds is only a concern. As the virus spreads simultaneously everywhere, many hospitals are trying to find the right staff to care for their patients. Adolaja said.
“You can’t say doctors and nurses are coming from other states because other states are also dealing with Kovid patients.”
The virus is responsible for 268,000 deaths and 13.5 million confirmed infections in the US. As of Monday, 96,000 people had been hospitalized with the virus in the US. The country records an average of 160,000 new cases and 1,470 deaths per day – as of mid-May.
State and local officials are also responding with shutdown, curfew, embargo and mask mandate.
California officials said the state could record three times the number of hospital admissions during the Christmas month. Stay-home orders are being considered in areas with the highest number of cases. Los Angeles County has already told 10 million residents to stay home.
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