States submit vaccine orders as coronavirus death toll grows

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — States are facing a deadline on Friday to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high in the U.S. on Thursday at 100,667, and hospitals were at the breaking point.

Arizona on Friday reported more than 5,000 new known COVID-19 cases for the second straight day as the number of available intensive care beds fell below 10%.

Nevada reported 48 new deaths on Thursday, the deadliest day since the onset of the pandemic.

Pennsylvania’s top health official says intensive care beds could be full this month.

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