COVID-19 live updates: Hospitalizations reach another all-time high in Iowa for 2021 – ABC News

Alaska currently has the country's highest case rate, followed by West Virginia, Wyoming, Kentucky,Montanaand South Carolina, according to federal data.

A visitor walks past artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's "In America: Remember," a temporary art installation made up of white flags to commemorate Americans who have died of COVID-19, on the National Mall in Washington, Sept. 22, 2021.

West Virginia and Montana have seen their case rates double over the lastmonth. In Alaska,case metrics are at record highs, according to federal data.

Hospital admissions are down by about 12.5% in the last week, with improvements in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, according to federal data.

A nurse tends to a 2-month-old on a ventilator for respiratory failure because of COVID-19 at Children's Hospital New Orleans, Aug. 18, 2021.

Seven states, however, have less than10% ICU availability: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas.

Evenhighly vaccinatedstates are experiencing shortages. One central Massachusetts health system, UMass Memorial Health, is running low on critical care beds following the admission of an influx of COVID-19 patients in recentweeks.

-ABC News' Arielle Mitropoulos

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