‘Stressed, stretched and stressed’: Delta variant results in COVID surge in US


Olympia: The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is doubling every 18 to 19 days in the state, Washington state health officials say.

Umair Shah, the state health secretary, said on Wednesday that the surge driven by the delta version of the coronavirus has caused “tension, strain and strain” on hospital resources across the state.

Hospitals across the state are facing their all-time highs, a hospital official said, and the impact has been particularly hard on regional and rural hospitals, with no critical care beds left.

According to the state health department, 1,346 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday.

There have been more than 488,000 confirmed coronavirus infections and 6,448 deaths related to COVID-19 in Washington state during the pandemic.

In another blow to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legacy, New York’s new governor on his first day in office acknowledged that the state had nearly 12,000 more deaths from COVID-19 than Cuomo told the public. Was.

Sarkar Kathy Hochul said on NPR on Wednesday, “The public deserves a clear, honest picture of what’s happening. And whether it’s good or bad, they need to know the truth. And that’s how we restore confidence.” “

In its first daily update on the outbreak on Tuesday evening, Hochul’s office reported that about 55,400 people have died from the coronavirus in New York, based on data from death certificates submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s more than the roughly 43,400 that Cuomo reported to the public as of Monday, his last day in office.

The Democrats, once widely acclaimed for their leadership during the COVID-19 outbreak, resigned because of the impeachment campaign after being accused of sexually assaulting at least 11 women, she disputed allegations.

Higher numbers are not entirely new.

Federal health officials and some educational institutions tracking COVID-19 deaths in the US have been using the high tally for several months because of known gaps in the data Cuomo was choosing to campaign for.

But Hochul said it’s important to be completely transparent about the numbers.

“There are a lot of things that weren’t happening and I’m going to get them done,” she said on MSNBC.

“Transparency will be the hallmark of my administration.”

Cuomo’s attorney Rita Glavin and her campaign staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Associated Press first reported a large discrepancy in July between the figures publicized by the Cuomo administration and the figures being reported by the state to the CDC.

The count used by Cuomo in his news media briefing included only laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported through a state system that collects data from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities.

This means the number of people who die at home, in hospices, in prisons or in government homes for people with disabilities is excluded.

It also did not include people who possibly died of COVID-19 but never tested positive to confirm the diagnosis.

“There are estimated and confirmed deaths. People should know both,” Hochul said.

During the spring of 2020, when New York was the deadliest hot spot in America, Cuomo emerged as a pandemic hero in the eyes of many Americans for his daily PowerPoint briefings and harsh but reassuring language.

He won an international Emmy and wrote a book on leadership in a crisis.

But Cuomo’s critics have long accused him of manipulating coronavirus statics to burnish his image.

Months later, it was revealed that his administration had underestimated the nursing home death toll, leaving several thousand people who died after being transferred to hospitals.

Cuomo used those low numbers last year to falsely claim that New York was seeing a much lower percentage of nursing home residents dying from COVID-19 than other states.

Federal prosecutors are investigating his administration’s handling of the data.

The State Legislature Judiciary Committee is also investigating the case as part of the impeachment inquiry and is considering whether to include those findings in a report.

This week, in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal, Cuomo’s Emmy was canceled.

And the publisher of his book has said that it will no longer print hardcover copies and will not come with a paperback edition.

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