38 states increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations

New Jersey sees its highest daily case levels since May, doubling from Thursday to Friday while deaths rise in 26 states.
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38 states are seeing rises in hospitalizations. Deaths are even increasing in 26 states. New Jersey seeing its highly daily levels since may. Trevor Ault has more from hackensack, New Jersey. Good morning, Trevor. Reporter: Eva, good morning. Some really worrisome numbers here in New Jersey. Cases doubling from Thursday to Friday as the virus is sinking its teeth into major portions of the United States. We've been reporting cases and hospitalizations on the rise. Now nationwide deaths are rising too. This morning coronavirus gripping much of the united States, pushing doctors and nurses to their limits as many patients cling to life. What's been the toughest part of all this? Breathing. Reporter: Over the past week new cases nationwide jumping 14% and deaths jumping 15%. Nationwide 1-4 hospitals have more than 80% of icus filled. A higher percentage than the summer time peak. Ohio and Illinois rocked by the virus, shattering daily records for new cases. 18-year-old Michael Lang, a Chicago native, dying this week. Illinois' top doctor, ngozi ezike, becoming emotional Friday announcing the state's growing case total. Excuse me please. I expect it was the concern for what Illinois' future looks like if we don't make a change very soon. Reporter: The troubles stretch beyond the midwest. New Jersey one of the states hit hardest early in the pandemic now seeing its highest daily case increase since may with hospitalizations doubling since the summer. Governor Phil Murphy now in quarantine after two senior staffers tested positive. New Jersey health officials urging people to follow the guidelines. Wear masks. Wash your hands. Socially distance. Stay at home if you're feeling sick or not well. Reporter: As hospitals fill up in El Paso, Texas governor Greg Abbott is requesting an army hospital be used to treat patients who don't have in Nevada, Jimmy flores, a healthy 28-year-old caughthe virus in June, later going on oxygen he offers this advice. Be smarter with your decisions. Reporter: Right now in Georgia patients are getting the same treatment as president trump received. A new trial is under way for regeneron, which president trump says was the key to his recovery. The company's CEO said president trump was just one case and that is the weakest evidence for whether or not a drug works. Whit? Trevor, thank you so much.

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