Hospitals across the US are being inundated with COVID-19 patients, as the number of people admitted to intensive care units reaches alarming levels, new data shows.
There were 129,748 people being cared for at hospitals for the virus Monday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
It marked the 41th consecutive day that COVID-19 hospitalizations had topped 100,000.
The online tracker pinpointed hospitalization hotspots across the country.
“These record hospitalization levels are not evenly distributed: As hospitalizations in the Midwest and Mountain West have continued to fall, they have risen in California and across the entire US South,” the project said.
Maps showed that numerous regions — particularly in Southern California and Arizona — have COVID-19 patients occupying more than 45 percent of their ICU.
Hospitalizations in the Golden State have climbed to concerning levels with more than 22,633 coronavirus patients, of whom around 4,971 are in the ICU, the data shows.
The COVID Tracking Project said Arizona’s “hospitalizations have far exceeded the state’s summer surge, and continue to grow each day.”
Nurses care for a COVID-19 positive patient at UMass Memorial Hospital on December 4.Allison Dinner/AFP via Getty Images
The Grand Canyon State has around 4,997 people hospitalized for the virus with about 1,158 in the ICU, according to the data.
The concerning figures come as the country recorded 1,739 virus-related deaths and more than 194,000 new infections, the data shows.