More articles Health systems in the United States are struggling to cope with the spread of a pandemic, with hospitals reporting their patients are dying more often and having less access to care.
More than half of hospitals are seeing an increase in deaths from the flu, the CDC reported Friday.
In the past two weeks alone, the U.S. has recorded 5,921 flu-related deaths, according to the CDC.
The number of flu-associated deaths has climbed steadily over the past year, as flu seasons have expanded.
Hospitals are struggling with how to manage the spread and treatment of the virus, and many are facing budget constraints and staffing shortages, according the CDC, which is the leading source of information on the pandemic.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that there are now more than 7,000 influenza-related hospitalizations in the U .
S., which is more than the number of hospitalizations from the coronavirus and the flu combined.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said Friday that a combination of factors, including a surge in influenza-associated hospitalizations, is behind the surge in deaths.
Frieden told reporters at a briefing that the federal government has stepped up efforts to address the challenges that the pandemics pose.
“As a result, we are seeing increased deaths in the flu and other infections,” Frieden told the briefing.
At the same time, the number and type of cases in the pandep have increased, with more than 60 percent of cases being the flu.
Faced with a shortage of hospital beds, the hospitals have been rationing care to help cover costs.
While there are more than 1,000 hospitals that are providing flu-specific care, the majority are located in rural areas.
Some of the hospitals are trying to stay open and offer flu- and coronaviruses-specific services.