U.S. NEWS – The vast majority of counties are currently seeing a “low” level of new COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to CDC data. But about 7% of counties are experiencing a “medium” or “high” rate. The summer increase remains small compared to previous coronavirus waves in the U.S. Still, it is the first time since winter that the country has experienced growing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. COVID-19 deaths appear to be rising slightly, but the provisional data from the CDC is prone to amendments and delays. The week ending Aug. 19 saw 636 COVID-19 deaths – up from 511 a month prior.
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