December 13. As U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations tick up, some hospitals and health systems have again postponed nonemergency procedures to free up hospital space and ensure they can adequately care for urgent healthcare needs.
The daily average for COVID-19 hospitalizations nationwide was nearly 66,000 as of Dec. 12, a 23 percent increase over the last 14 days, according to The New York Times. As for cases, the U.S. is averaging about 119,000 new infections per day, a 43 percent rise over the last two weeks.
Effective Dec. 9, New York is requiring 32 hospitals with limited capacity to halt nonurgent elective procedures as COVID-19 cases increase in the state. Similar orders are in place in Massachusetts. Hospitals with limited capacity in the state were ordered to reduce elective procedures effective Nov. 29.
Source: Becker´s Hospital Review