More than 80,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 over the next three weeks, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ensemble forecast projects — offering a stark reminder the nation is still facing challenging times.
In the meantime, Covid-19 numbers keep rising. The US reported a record high of more than 125,200 Covid-19 hospitalizations nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. And many states are reporting alarming trends.
California’s Los Angeles County hit a grim milestone Wednesday, surpassing 10,000 Covid-19 deaths, and one health official said any progress made over the summer had “completely evaporated.” Texas reported a record number of hospitalizations for the third day in a row. Mississippi and Louisiana saw its highest single-day case count.
New Orleans officials urged “extreme caution” during New Year’s Eve, announcing bars, breweries, and live adult entertainment venues must close indoor facilities starting at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Georgia officials declared plans to add adults 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders to the current group of individuals eligible to receive the vaccine. In West Virginia, the governor announced the state will begin “vaccinations today to the general population that is in excess of 80 years of age.”
In Nevada, officials said people 75 and older will be included in Tier 2 of the state’s Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan and will be vaccinated at the same time as the first group of Nevada’s frontline workers. Residents between 65 and 74 years of age and people with underlying health conditions will be part of the Tier 3 group, along with the second group of essential workers.