According to an internal US Department of Health and Human Services memo obtained by ABC News, 25% of the nation’s hospitals report that beds in intensive care units are over 80% full.
The memo, which was circulated at the highest levels of the federal government and used to set the day-to-day priorities of agencies working on the COVID-19 response, said that 29 US states and territories are on an upward trajectory of infection, while 10 jurisdictions in Plateau and 17 other countries are in a downward trend.
314,894 new cases were confirmed during the October 1-October period. 7, up 6% over the previous week. Also 4,730 deaths related to the Coronavirus were recorded during the period from October 1 to October. 7, down 5.2% from the previous week, according to the note.
Meanwhile, the national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 4.5% to 5.7% in weekly comparisons, the note said.
In Arkansas, the seven-day rate of positivity for COVID-19 tests jumped from 7.1% to 22.8% – a 300% increase – between the weeks ending September 24 and October 1, according to the note.
Delaware’s seven-day case rate of COVID-19 rose 41.6% to 1,009.5 cases per million population on October 4 from the previous week – well above the regional average of 633.5 cases per million. The memo said the number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations across the state was trending upwards.
In Hawaii, pet shelters are full due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On October 30, the state will begin the largest trans-Pacific pet airlift in history, carrying hundreds of animals to Seattle from Kauai, Honolulu, Maui and the island of Hawaii, according to the memo.
The memo said the daily rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 in Idaho rose from 7.3 to 8.7 per 100,000 residents during the week ending October 4.
Indiana has also seen an upward trend in the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 for seven days. Meanwhile, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the state continues to rise, with the average daily new cases up 50% from the peak in April and May, according to the note.
Multiple counties in Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Cambria, Bradford and Colombia – reported a doubling of the number of new COVID-19 cases in the week ending October 4.
Josh Margolin of ABC News contributed to this report.