10 things you need to know today: January 11, 2022
U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to 132,646 on Monday, breaking the record of 132,051 set in January 2021, Reuters reported. The number of people seeking care has risen steadily since December as the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant drove new cases to record levels. Hospitalizations have doubled in the last three weeks. The seven-day average for new cases has doubled in just 10 days, reaching 704,000 as U.S. authorities confirmed more than a half-million cases for six straight days. The surge has overwhelmed health systems in hard-hit states such as Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin, which have reported hospitalization records, as have Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.