U.S. Surpasses 40 Million COVID Cases, More Than 650K Deaths

A sobering snapshot in time – the U.S. has now recorded over 40 million cases of COVID-19 and over 650,000 deaths as the Delta variant continues to spread.

From NBC News:

The country has recorded 40,000,070 cases and 651,690 deaths, according to the latest NBC News tally.

It recorded 35,355 news cases and 279 deaths Sunday. About 207 million people have received their first doses of a vaccine, and more than 175 million have been fully vaccinated.

Vaccination rates have risen slowly since July, but still no state or territory has passed the 70 percent fully vaccinated threshold, and the country is nowhere close to its peak in April, when more than 3 million people were getting shots every day.

There’s an average of 100,000 patients being treated each day in hospitals across the country. That’s higher than any point before vaccines were available for most folks.

One hospital in Montana is at 150% capacity in regard to ICU beds prompting calls to the National Guard for help.

Adding to the pressures, many hospitals are facing a shortage of nursing staff as many are quitting due to burn-out from the 17 month-long pandemic.

And did I mention the newly-emerging mu variant that may be resistant to existing anti-bodies?

Meanwhile, in Texas…