COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record highs for 17th day

Cities are now scrambling to get ahead of the next wave of cases which are expected to spike in the wake of Thanksgiving. ABC's Mona Kosar Abdi reports.
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Turning announce the pandemic in the race for a vaccine AstraZeneca announced says it will adding lower dose version of its vaccines ongoing trials. The announcement on CDC says the nation's death total could top 2321000. In the next three week. Some who were ready. The disease nearly 90000 Americans in hospitals across the nation almost doubled the number hospitalized at the beginning of the month. Mercy hospital in Oklahoma giving us an inside look. Packed hall ways and exhausted doctors and nurses. Back in April we just had long holiday. On the floor. Code stations. And now we. Four always workers patients with coated. One Texas Kelly reporting for the fourth time this month the they have no available icu beds the staff there prioritizing covic patients. Those non pandemic related illnesses. Are now being sent to other areas cities now scrambling to get ahead of the next wave of cases which are expected to spike in the week of Thanksgiving. Officials in the seat that was area are imposing new mask mandates the move comes amid an unsuccessful campaign by health officials in the area. To get governor Mike per cent to require masks statewide. And New York City has canceled the annual CN upon bar crawl. Yeah. And now the holiday travel concern Sunday's expected to be another busy travel day as people return home. More than a million expected at airports a loan. TSA says it's ready to open as many lanes as needed to allow for social distancing. If you look at national battle most passengers. Waited less than eight or nine minutes if they were stand a passenger and then if you're pre checked passenger. You're gonna weigh on the order of two or three minutes. But the crowd adding to fears of the virus will spread even more. This edition of cases is not something that we can sustain and we are in their humanitarian crisis right now. Some states are now warning that the demand for testing could be even higher after Thanksgiving. The advice is to wait a little while after the holiday to get your test if possible.

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