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COVID-19 hospitalizations in US reach record high, HHS reports

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As the US reaches an average of 700,000 Omicron cases per day, departments across the nation report worker shortages. CNN's Nick Watt reports.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States have reached a new record high, surpassing the previous peak from January 2021, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

There are 145,982 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 — about twice as many than two weeks ago. There are nearly 24,000 ICU beds in use for COVID-19 patients.

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Hospitalizations reached a previous peak about a year ago, with more than 142,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19 on January 14, 2021. During the Delta surge over the summer, COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked at about 104,000 on September 1, 2021. Read the full story here:

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Registered nurse Sara Nystrom, of Townshend, Vt., prepares to enter a patient's room in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. 

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