(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
The United States saw more than 2,800 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported on Dec. 2, according to Johns Hopkins University. This growing trend could fluctuate after Thanksgiving because of reporting delays. Averages and case counts did drop during the Thanksgiving weekend due to agencies taking days off and a backlog developed.
Deaths and hospitalization averages have been on a steady rise for weeks and new records on daily case counts are getting set frequently.
The COVID-19 pandemic has 14 million confirmed cases nation-wide, while the number of COVID patients in the hospital is exceeding 100,000 according to The COVID Tracking Project.
Over 270,000 deaths from the virus have been confirmed in the United States since the start of the Pandemic.
Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, said on Thursday that help is on the way and that the United States is just days away from distributing millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.