As nursing home attorneys, we are seeing and hearing many problems at nursing homes during the pandemic. The death toll, especially at nursing homes, comes as states report record-breaking numbers of new cases. For the first time since early June, the United States reported more than 1,000 deaths in a single day due to the coronavirus.
At the peak of the pandemic in April, 60,000 were hospitalized on April 15, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That number reached its lowest level on June 15 with 27,772 people hospitalized. Today, the number has now exceeded 60,000. The alarming climb in death rates and hospitalizations prove this is no hoax. The actual number of infected people is from two to 13 times as high as the reported rates, according to data by the C.D.C.
Even Trump seems to finally understand. In the first briefing of the White House coronavirus task force since April, President Trump warned the nation about the state of the pandemic. “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” Mr. Trump said. “Something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is.”
He also told Americans to “get a mask.”
Incredibly, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the most recognized and trusted faces of the federal coronavirus response, was not invited to the press conference.