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COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated Americans putting pressure on hospitals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The COVID-19 comeback across the U.S. is putting pressure on hospitals at a time when some of them are busy just trying to catch up on surgeries and other procedures that were put on hold during the pandemic.With the highly contagious delta variant spreading rapidly, cases in the U.S.

are up around 70% over the last week, hospital admissions have climbed about 36% and deaths rose by 26%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.Some hospitals are reporting record or near-record patient volumes.

But even for those that aren't, this round of the pandemic is proving tougher in some ways, hospital and health officials said.

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