Hospital admissions of the coronavirus rose sharply in at least nine U.S. states after Memorial Day weekend.
Seven-day average cases of coronavirus have risen across the country in a trend that is not only due to an increase in testing, the Washington Post has found it. While hospital admissions of coronavirus are difficult to track due to differences in the way states report data, the nine states in which hospital admissions have clearly increased are Texas, California, Oregon, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Utah, Arkansas, and Arizona.
Texas has seen a 36 percent increase in new cases since Memorial Day, with coronavirus admissions at a record high of 2,056 as of Tuesday. There were 1,935 hospitalizations in the state on Monday.
Arizona reported a 49 percent increase in hospital admissions, from 833 on Memorial Day to 1,243 on Tuesday. At the same time, 76 percent of the state’s ICU beds were occupied. Other states that have seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, including Arkansas, reported that ICUs were still not running at full capacity.
States are steadily reopening businesses and tourist sites that were initially closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with Texas lifting restrictions in early May. Cities in the United States have also seen massive demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by police officers during his arrest, with protesters disregarding social distance guidelines.
However, in certain cases, large gatherings of people do not seem to have caused a spike in coronavirus cases. For example, Memorial Day parties at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, where hundreds of partygoers were photographed nearby, have not led for new coronavirus outbreaks.