For the first time since the pandemic began, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 surpassed 90,000, The Wall Street Journal reports, and the U.S. hit a hospitalization record for the 17th straight day, per CNN. The number of people in intensive care units was also at an all-time high of 17,802 on Thursday. Infections recorded over the last 24 hours did drop sharply Thursday to around 110,000, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed, but a lack of reporting on Thanksgiving is likely behind the dip. That trend could continue throughout the weekend before heading back up, the Journal notes. Still, individual states, like Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas, all reported record numbers, while New York hit its highest mark since April 25, when the state was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.
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