The United States recorded nearly 180,000 new coronavirus infections Monday and over 1,000 deaths, with 45 states reporting an increase in week-over-week cases. The U.S. broke its record for hospitalizations for the 14th consecutive day, with nearly 86,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized coast to coast. Medical workers around the U.S. are growing increasingly exhausted as hospitals fill to capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment run dry. Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, spoke in a conference call Monday.
Jean Ross: “Nearly one year into this pandemic, our hospitals are knowingly still not prepared. Our latest survey of nurses shows that more than 80% of hospitals have done no surge capacity planning. … And the Trump administration has explicitly stated it is not even trying to contain the virus.”
Click here to see our full interview with Jean Ross. Hospitals are warning of an even more dire situation ahead, with millions of Americans ignoring the CDC’s recommendation against traveling for Thanksgiving. On Monday, the Transportation Security Administration said over 3 million people traveled by air over the weekend — the busiest three-day period since March.