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U.S. Covid Hospital Deaths Hit February Levels as ICUs Overflow

  • Alabama’s need outstrips supply, and 4 states top 90% capacity
  • Fatalities dim hopes for a wave that would prove less lethal
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WATCH: Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. have hit numbers not seen since February. Jinshan Hong reports.(Source: Bloomberg)

Covid-19 patients are dying in U.S. hospitals at levels not seen since February, and the numbers could worsen as intensive-care units overflow in parts of the South.

In Alabama, there are now more people in ICUs statewide than there are staffed beds available, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Florida, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas are all using more than 90% of their ICU capacity. Covid-19 patients take up about half of ICU beds in those states, an extraordinary amount for a single diagnosis.