COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 125,000 amid Vaccine roll-out

As the US ushered in 2021, more than 125,300 Covid-19 patients remained hospitalized — another record for the fourth day in a row.

Los Angeles County, as well as state state of California, have battled brutal surges of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the past weeks, which in part were driven by Thanksgiving gatherings, health officials said.

Amid this pandemic and the surge in cases, more than 90% of intensive care unit beds are in use this week with more than half of those beds occupied by Covid-19 patients,” Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said in a video message posted on Twitter.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday announced doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be available to pharmacies in limited supply starting January 4 to be administered to people who are 70 and older as well health care workers.

The roll-out has been slower than many officials expected, but if the US is able to “catch up” in 2021, widespread vaccination could be possible starting in April, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

Florida health officials announced the state has evidence of the first case of the variant in a man in his 20s with no history of travel.

California health officials also said earlier this week the variant was detected in a 30-year-old San Diego man, who is not hospitalized and had very few social interactions during his potential contagious period.

In Kenya, The Health Ministry says 28 Covid-19 patients in Kenya are in ICU. A total of 661 are hospitalized countrywide while 2,960 are under home-based care.