Three Americans died of COVID-19 every minute on Tuesday when a record of 4,327 deaths was confirmed and 215,805 new cases were recorded, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Since the first case of the deadly insect was first recorded in the U.S. on January 21, 2020, the country has reported 22,849,333 cases and 380,821 deaths, according to the latest figures, showing that cases continue to rise.
The only time the death toll exceeded 4,000 was on January 7, when 4,194 deaths were reported, according to Johns Hopkins, whose data showed the US had averaged more than 3,223 deaths per day for the past week.
On Tuesday, federal officials agreed to send states additional doses of vaccine requested by several governors as the US tries to speed up the pace of vaccinations, with the daily death toll at 3,200, according to Reuters.
Hospital stays and case numbers remain dangerously high, with 131,000 patients being treated in the US, according to the Daily Mail.
The situation is particularly dire in Los Angeles, where health officials are urging people to wear masks within their own four walls to prevent the deadly virus from spreading among family members.
Officials say the peak rates of cases in LA are likely due to family get-togethers that happened over Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to the outlet.
“One of the more heartbreaking conversations our healthcare workers have had is about those last words when children apologize to their parents and grandparents for bringing COVID into their homes because they got sick,” said Hilda Solis, County head, across from the LA Times.
“Please, for your loved ones, stay home. Stay safe. Keep your loved ones alive, ”she said.