Registered nurse Kyanna Barboza adjusts the ventilator on her COVID-19
patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. Coronavirus deaths
in the U.S. hit another one-day high at more than 4,300 with the
country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly
uprising at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Physical therapist Daniel Lumbera helps a COVID-19 patient sit up on his
bed at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. The state’s hospitals
are trying to prepare for the possibility that they may have to ration
care for lack of staff and beds, and hoping they don’t have to make that
choice, as many hospitals strain under unprecedented coronavirus
caseloads. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Resident Gail Nanning, 83, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech
COVID-19 vaccine at the The Palace assisted living facility, on Tuesday,
January 12, 2021, in Coral Gables, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Several tents are set up so people who have registered can receive
their COVID-19 vaccinations as they drive through the parking lot of
State Farm Stadium, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Glendale, Arizona.
The Arizona Cardinals’ stadium has opened up as a vaccination site that
will be a 24-7 operation. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
U.S. COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high
at over 4,300
The Associated Press
January 13, 2021
Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at
more than 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on
the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol.
The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed
380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing
in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or
about 407,000. Confirmed infections have topped 22.8 million.
With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and
on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists,
the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday, January 12, by Johns
Hopkins’ count. Arizona and California have been among the
The daily figure is subject to revision, but deaths have been
rising sharply over the past 2 1/2 months, and the country is
now in the most lethal phase of the outbreak yet, even as the
vaccine is being rolled out. New cases are running at nearly a
quarter-million per day on average.
More than 9.3 million Americans have received their first
shot of the vaccine, or less than 3% of the population,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That is well short of the hundreds of millions who experts say
will need to be inoculated to vanquish the outbreak.
The effort is ramping up around the country. Large-scale,
drive-thru vaccination sites have opened at stadiums and other
places, enabling people to get their shots through their car
Also, an increasing number of states have begun offering
vaccinations to the next group in line — senior citizens — with
the minimum age varying from place to place at 65, 70, or 75. Up
to now, healthcare workers and nursing home residents have been
given priority in most places.
And the Trump administration announced plans Tuesday to speed
up the vaccination drive by releasing the whole supply of doses,
instead of holding large quantities in reserve to make sure
people get their second shot on time.
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