US emergency rooms are seeing a 6% increase in coronavirus patients

The Biden administration continues to urge Americans to get vaccinated as the prevalence of COVID-19 variants strain hospitals nationwide.
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Eva, we turn now to the pandemic as case numbers and hospitalizations rise across the U.S. ABC's zohreen shah is in los Angeles with the latest. Zohreen, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. Organizers here at dodger stadium tell me they expect another 12,000 shots to go into arms here in the next week. The race to vaccinate is real as patients in hospitals and cases keep climbing in some parts of the country. This morning, the number of covid patients in emergency rooms is growing. Up 6% nationwide as case numbers the past several days hit nearly 70,000 daily. One hospital system in Columbus, Ohio, reporting covid patients have tripled in the last month. And what we're seeing now, I believe, is attributed to that spring break travel where so many of our residents left Ohio and might have come back with covid-19 or, more concerning, a variant of covid-19. Reporter: In Michigan dozens of hospitals near capacity. One doctor warning they've seen more kids with covid-19 the last two weeks than all last year. There's the new variant, the b.1.1.7 uk variant, and it's possible this variant is more contagious and affects children more than the prior variants had in the beginning of the pandemic. Reporter: 1-year-old Fiona bell is hospitalized in Michigan finally stable after nine days on life support. Her mother recently with this urgent warning. It's not over, and we can't -- we can't let up because our most vulnerable communities are at risk. Reporter: The vaccination race critical. But after six women suffered blood clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, some women including one nurse are nervous. It took me six months to get on board with vaccinating, and I continue to hope that I'm not one of the small very rare minority that has those devastating effects. Reporter: Health officials are investigating if there is a direct link between the Johnson & Johnson and those clots. Meanwhile, a CDC advisory panel meets on Friday to talk about next steps. Dan. This is such a huge question. Zohreen, thank you very much. Let's bring in Martha Raddatz who is going to be hosting "This week" later this morning. Martha, good morning. I know you have Dr. Fauci on the show this morning. Has he given any indications about when he thinks that the government should start administering these j&j shots once again? Well, they want to do a thorough review and they've said it would take about one or two weeks. Dr. Fauci has consistently tried to calm people down about this because he more than anyone knows about vaccination hesitation, those people who already have suspicions about vaccines when they hear about the j&j and this very, very rare disorder they found from people taking it, all about six cases and all of them women. Dr. Fauci has tried to calm people down. But you still have people who are very hesitant, and it's right down party lines, as you know, Dan. Two in five Republicans don't want anything to do with the vaccine. That's according to the latest polling, so I know Dr. Fauci, we're going to ask him those questions today about how long he thinks this will take and if there's any possibility they would actually pull it from the market, but it doesn't look like that is the case at this point. So interesting to hear about how it's polarized like so many other issues. In a divided country. Let me switch gears just for a second and ask you about the president. President Biden over the weekend, we heard from him directly, and for the first time, he called the situation on the southern border with all those child migrants, he called it a crisis. Is his use of that word significant to you? Well, it certainly stood out to me, Dan, because I've been down on the border. We were down there a couple of weeks ago doing the show, and journalists who witnessed this including me were certainly calling it a crisis as you saw migrants streaming over that border and facilities filling up especially for those unaccompanied minors, so that president Biden is now calling it a crisis, and one of the reasons he's calling it a crisis is because they put a cap on refugees coming into this country, so it did indeed stand out to me. Martha Raddatz, always great to get your analysis on a Sunday morning. Thank you and I want to remind everybody check out "This week" later this morning. Martha has an exclusive interview with the secretary of state, Antony blinken, on president Biden's decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, plus, as mentioned, Dr. Fauci will come on to discuss the latest on the U.S. Vaccination rollout as much of the country sees increases in cases and in hospitalizations. It's all coming up later this morning right here on ABC. Time now for a check of our

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