(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Last week, the U.S. marked its deadliest week since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country. The nation reported 15,578 deaths, or about 92 COVID-related deaths every hour.
With the country also averaging over 200,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, health officials warn that there will be another surge related to Thanksgiving travel and gatherings.
Currently, the nation stands at an 87 percent rise in cases over the past month and has marked five straight weeks where cases exceeded 100,000 a day.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, there are more than 104,000 people hospitalized due to the infectious virus — a new daily record.
There was a reported 213,498 new cases and 2,622 additional deaths on Tuesday.
As of Thursday morning, COVID-19 has infected nearly 15.4 million Americans and has killed nearly 290,000 people, reports Johns Hopkins University. With the current pace of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths, the nation is on track to surpass 300,000 coronavirus deaths by week’s end.
The Food and Drug Administration will be holding its hearing with Pfizer on Thursday over granting emergency authorization to start distributing its vaccine nationwide.