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U.S. Coronavirus Hospitalizations Soar, with Record Infection Levels in Five States

HeadlineAug 17, 2021

U.S. coronavirus cases continue to soar, with hospitalizations now at levels seen during last summer’s peak. The U.S. is now detecting over 140,000 new infections a day, with Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oregon all recording their highest caseloads of the pandemic. In Arkansas, a record high number of patients are on ventilators, with more than 300 people intubated. Medical workers at a Little Rock hospital report they’re overwhelmed.

Courtney Hovorka Holdcraft: “It’s actually really hard. I made it a whole year without crying, and then, actually, a couple of months ago, left here from work crying because of so many — two — two deaths in one shift, from patients that I’ve had for very long periods of time.”

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