The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has left nearly 50,000 Americans hospitalized with experts fearing several hospitals will soon be put under severe strain.
According to The COVID Tracking Project, hospitalizations rose in 47 states over the last month with a total of 47,502 people hospitalized as of Sunday - the highest level seen since the summer.
In Wisconsin, a record of more than 1,200 patients are hospitalized and nearly 90 percent of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are in use, the state's hospital association says.
In the Southwest, New Mexico has been grappling with increasing rates of cases and hospitalizations. On Sunday, hospitalizations reached an all-time high of 365.
The state's Department of Health says this is the tenth consecutive day that New Mexico has set a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations.
It comes as the US recorded more than 81,000 infections on Sunday, with the country's total case count of 9.2 million rising by more than one million in the last two weeks.
The seven-day rolling average number of new daily cases hit 81,431 - a level not seen since early September - according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, daily deaths have fallen to lows not seen in two weeks with just 447 reported yesterday.
About 819 people are dying per day, the highest figure seen in more than one month, according to the DailyMail.com analysis.
It comes at the US prepares to head into Election Day on Tuesday with President Donald Trump saying the country is rounding the corner and Democratic rival Joe Biden says the president's response to the pandemic has been 'almost criminal.'
Coronavirus hospitalizations rose in 47 US states over the last month and there are currently a total of 47,502 people hospitalized as of Sunday.
The US recorded more than 81,000 infections on Sunday and the seven-day rolling average number of new daily cases also hit 81,431 - a level not seen since early September -
Although just 447 deaths were recorded yesterday, an average of 819 people are dying per day, the highest figure seen in more than one month,
Cases have been surging across the country, with the Midwest, Great Plains and Southwest seeming to shatter new records every day.
In Illinois, 6,980 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Sunday, finally breaking a streak of three straight recording-breaking days.
As of Saturday night, 3,294 Illinoisans are hospitalized with COVID-19. This is the highest level seen since May 30.
Of those, 692 patients are in the ICU and 284 are on ventilators
'I know that the vast majority of people in this state want to keep themselves safe, keep their families safe, keep their children safe, their neighbors and friends,' Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a news conference over the weekend.
'But unfortunately, as these trends indicate, things are moving in a bad direction all across our state.'
Nearly the entire state is under an indoor dining ban and capacity limits with no gatherings allowed of more than 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity/
'Every day now we see these numbers going through the roof, and so the idea that we're going to make the locations that are amplifying the number of cases and the spread, the transmission of this virus, that we're going to open those even more at this point makes no sense to me,' the governor said.
As of Saturday night, 3,294 Illinoisans are hospitalized with COVID-19, which is the highest level seen since May 30, as about 7,000 cases are recorded every day
The Wisconsin Hospital Associations reported that an average of nearly 1,300 people are hospitalized with the virus, taking up 84 percent of hospital beds
There are more than 1,700 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, which is the highest figure seen since early May
Yale University has reported 43 new