COVID-19 cases rising in nearly half of US

The upper Midwest is being hit especially hard by the uptick in cases.
2:02 | 04/17/21

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Now to the pandemic and cases rising in nearly half the country. The upper midwest hit especially hard. Dozens of hospitals in Michigan at 95% capacity. And globally, another painful milestone -- more than 3 million people now dead from covid-19. ABC's Reena Roy from Minneapolis. Reporter: Tonight, that staggering new milestone, 3 million people killed by covid-19 worldwide. Here in the U.S. Cases rising in nearly half the country. In the upper midwest alone, the number of people fighting the virus in the hospital up 14% in the last week. Patients are again lining our hallways like they were last spring. This situation is very serious. Reporter: At least 35 hospitals in Michigan now at 95% capacity. The family of 35-year-old Vincent Welch says he was desperately trying to get the vaccine, but died on Friday of coronavirus complications before he was able to. Everything that happened from him starting to get sick until the very end will haunt me for the rest of my life. Reporter: All 50 states now planning to expand eligibility to anyone 16 and older by next week. But the pause on Johnson & Johnson's single shot still in effect after six women who recently got it suffered rare but severe blood clots. The CDC advisory committee will meet Friday to potentially vote on a recommendation. This is a reflection of the safety system working. Reporter: Angie Wilson, a Detroit nurse anesthetist, says she was hesitant to get vaccinated, but with younger patients flooding her hospital, she decided on the j&j vaccine. The extended pause has her on edge, but she's still glad she got the shot. I went and got my covid antibodies checked, and they're positive, so they're growing. It gives me a sense of a little security. Reporter: When it comes to this fourth surge, health officials say variants are likely to blame, with the uk variant now responsible for nearly half of all U.S. Cases. Whit? That variant now in all 50 states as well. Reena, thank you.

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