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U.S. records 132,000 inpatients with COVID-19… shortage of medical personnel

[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Lee Young-ki = As the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) mutant Omicron spreads rapidly, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the United States has reached an all-time high. As a result, the number of hospitals experiencing a shortage of medical personnel is increasing.

Reuters reported on the 10th (local time) that the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the United States was 132,646 in its own tally on the same day. This number surpassed the record of 132,051 in January last year. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, which has been steadily increasing since December of last year, has doubled in the past three weeks.

“Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC and Wisconsin have recorded record levels of hospitalizations,” Reuters said.

The average number of new COVID-19 cases per day in the United States stood at 704,000.

It is known that some hospitals are experiencing a shortage of medical personnel due to a surge in inpatients.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the day before, “24% of hospitals nationwide are in serious shortage of manpower. Currently, about 1200 out of about 5,000 hospitals are experiencing a serious shortage of manpower, and more than 100 hospitals with shortages will be added within the next week.” will be,” he reported.

U.S. health officials have warned that the surge in hospitalizations due to Omicron infection could strain the hospital system.

Assisi Ja, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, said he feared that the surge in microns would limit the capacity of hospitals to care for patients other than COVID-19.

Medical staff at Western Reserve Hospital in Ohio, USA, taking care of patients with severe COVID-19. 2022.01.04 [사진=로이터 뉴스핌]

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