MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The CDC published its latest predictions in the fight against the coronavirus and said it expects an increase in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations over the next four weeks, according to its new ensemble forecasts.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the current COVID-related death toll in the US now stands at 773,000.READ MORE: CBS4 Exclusive: Support Beams At Dadeland Mall Parking Garage Alarms Shoppers
The CDC forecasts suggest, by December 18, the new death toll could be between 794,000 and 822,000.
The agency also predicts hospitals are likely to admit more than 12,000 new COVID patients in the next four weeks.READ MORE: Arrest Made In Miami-Beach Deadly Stabbing
Florida ranks the No. 1 state for predicted number of COVID-19 deaths for the week ending Nov. 28 with 279.
Last week, there were 19 new COVID-19 deaths in Florida, which is a change of +1368%.MORE NEWS: South Florida Law School Creates Ben Crump Social Justice Center
Factors that could throw off the forecasts range from the rise of new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 to the start of a new flu epidemic.