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Kentucky sees biggest Covid-19 surge yet
03:39 - Source: CNN
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Once again, Americans who don’t even have coronavirus are suffering the consequences of Covid-19 patients filling up hospitals.

More than 101,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data Thursday from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Now, some patients wanting urgent care won’t get it because so many beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.

“Before Covid, our ICUs were pretty busy. It’s because people were having car accidents and heart attacks and needing complicated surgery and going to the ICU afterward,” said Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, chief clinical officer of Providence Health System in Seattle.

“And those people are being put on the back burner. So anything that’s even remotely elective, we’re canceling those cases.”

In Idaho, the Department of Health and Welfare activated its Crisis Standards of Care in the northern part of the state Tuesday due to “a massive increase in patients with Covid-19 who require hospitalization.”

Crisis Standards of Care are “a last resort” that’s only activated when “we have exhausted our resources to the point that our health care systems are unable to provide the treatment and care we expect,” health department director Dave Jeppesen said.

Gov. Brad Little pleaded for eligible Idahoans to get vaccinated.

“We have reached an unprecedented and unwanted point in the history of our state,” the governor said.

In Arkansas, only 23 ICU beds are available, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday.

He noted 91.5% of hospitalized Covid-19 patients and 90% of Covid-19 deaths are among people who did not get fully vaccinated.

Nurses check on a Covid-19 ICU patient at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

In West Virginia, hospitals are “overwhelmingly inundated with cases of people that are not vaccinated,” Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday.

The state has 813 people hospitalized with Covid-19 and set a new record for Covid-19 patients in ICUs – 252 on Wednesday, Justice said. A record 132 Covid-19 patients on ventilators.

Doctors and governors agree: The crisis impacting Americans with or without Covid-19 was preventable.

“We just need to use good sense and get ourselves vaccinated, and then we’ll stop this,” Justice said.

CDC survey: 2/3 of respondents who tested positive reported long-term symptoms

In a survey of 6,000 people across the country, about 22% said they had tested positive for coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a newly published report.

And the majority of respondents who tested positive said they had symptoms lasting four weeks or longer.

“Approximately two thirds of respondents who had received a positive test result experienced long-term symptoms often associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection,” researchers wrote.

Of those who tested positive for coronavirus and had long-term symptoms, 22% said they had suffered fatigue, 17% said they’d had a change in the sense of smell or taste, 15% said they had long-term shortness of breath, almost 15% said they had a cough, and 14% said they had headaches.

About 29% said they thought getting a Covid-19 vaccine improved their symptoms.

The survey was taken online, and people diagnosed their own symptoms – unlike other studies in which a medical professional has conducted an exam.

But researchers said the survey results offer a real-life look at how people are suffering from Covid-19.

Children are paying the price, too

This school year, more kids are getting hit hard by the Delta variant – which is more contagious than any other strain of coronavirus students dealt with last year.