Transcript for Post-holiday COVID-19 surge worsens, 2.3 million children have had the virus
In the meantime, we're seeing the worst surge yet, still not at its peak. More than 22 million Americans have now tested positive, right now, averaging 246,000 cases a day. That's 170 cases every minute. More than 379,000 American lives some 3,200 lives every day now. Tonight, we're with the paramedics with patients in dire need, now being turned away at hospitals across this country, with no more beds, no more in some cases, two, three hospitals at a time. Here's ABC's Kaylee Hartung tonight. Reporter: Tonight, doctors bracing for what they're calling a perfect storm. Hospitals already pushed to the limit as the post-holiday surge worsens. The number of patients admitted inside the hospital is at levels that most hospitals have not seen. Reporter: California topping 30,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. L.A. County alone approaching 1 million cases. Hospitals forced to turn ambulances away. Today, we saw it happen with the Long Beach fire department. These are challenges that we have to deal with the fire department to make sure that we can be responsive to the community. Reporter: And one, two, three hospitals later, you're just looking for the closest bed. That's right. Reporter: It's a story repeated across the country and in record numbers. Close to 130,000 people now hospitalized with the virus. Doctors in Alabama calling the crisis frightening. It's going to basically get to the point that elective, non-emergent procedures simply don't get done. Reporter: And new fears of a superspreader event in that state after this scene erupted. Fans, most without masks, packing the streets of Tuscaloosa to celebrate Alabama's national championship win. In Las Vegas, nine members of the sodetani family got infected. Father Eric didn't make it. If you think you're untouchable, you're not. This disease does not discriminate. Trust me, trust me. It affects the whole family. Reporter: And David, tonight, the CDC is announcing that anyone trying to fly into the U.S. Must show proof of a negative covid test or they will not be allowed to board that flight. That's regardless of citizenship of vaccination status. David? All right, Kaylee Hartung tonight. Kaylee, thank you.
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