A record number of Americans are hospitalized or die from COVID-19 within 12 days, even after the vaccine has been approved.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, more than 114,200 people have been hospitalized. The national average of daily cases for the week was 215,729, a record high, data from Johns Hopkins University show. That’s more than three times the daily average during the summer peak in July.
An average of 2,569 people died each day over the past week, the highest average during the pandemic. On Wednesday, the number of deaths reached 3,656, the highest daily average on record.
So far, a newly authorized Pfizer vaccine has been administered to hundreds of health care workers this week, and CVS and Walgreens pharmacy chains are helping to vaccinate residents and employees of nursing homes.