The United States is spiraling toward a new low during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the rise in travel over the holidays, COVID-19 cases are expected to rise incredibly fast. Eight days into the new year, The COVID Tracking Project has reported 23,000 deaths. Furthermore, America recorded more than 300,000 new cases on Friday.
There is not a region in the country that is not experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases. New Jersey and California recorded 20,000 and 50,000 new COVID-19 cases respectively on Friday. On Friday, California, Arizona, West Virginia, Texas, South Carolina and 11 other states recorded record-high hospitalizations.
The United States has recorded more than 21 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began last winter. Thus far, the virus has taken the lives of 367,000 people and future projections are not kind. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation expects an additional 150,000 COVID-19 deaths by the end of the year. Making matters worse, experts predict the next few months will be the worst yet.