Washington, DC and Maryland each report a spike in the number of people who have died from COVID-19, according to data from NBC News.
The rapidly rising death toll follows weeks of rising hospital admissions that have put pressure on local health centers.
DC reported 10 more people to COVID-19 on Thursday, the third largest single day death toll in a year. It is the highest number of fatalities since vaccines became freely available to anyone who wants one.
According to NBC News, the number of fatalities has increased by 780% in the district in two weeks.
The number of deaths in Maryland has risen by about 58% in two weeks, NBC News calculates.
28 Marylanders died of COVID-19 on Thursday, the lowest number since Christmas. The state reported 65 deaths on Tuesday, one of the highest one-day counts since the start of the pandemic, according to Data from the Maryland Department of Health.
Three-quarters of people hospitalized for COVID-19 at the University of Maryland Medical System had not been vaccinated, according to data from Dec. 6 to Jan. 5, Governor Larry Hogan said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says: COVID-19 vaccines protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
Nationally, many recent COVID-19 deaths are still linked to the delta variant, even if the omicron variant becomes dominant, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said this week:.
The rapidly rising death toll comes after weeks of rising cases and growing hospital admissions.
Hospitals are reporting that they are under pressure from the number of COVID-19 patients, and some local health centers have moved to crisis care standards to keep pace. DC and Maryland declared a public health emergency this month.
There are some signs that the recent spate of infections could be abating. Over the past week, both Maryland and DC have seen a decline in COVID-related hospitalizations and a downward trend in the weekly average number of cases.