The US recorded its second-highest one-day tally of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, and experts say rising coronavirus hospitalizations could portend higher daily counts in the coming week. COVID-19 is getting worse all over the country with deaths increasing. There were 2,597 new deaths reported across the US, bringing the country’s overall Covid-19 death toll to over 270,600. The country’s daily average of Covid-19 deaths across a week is 1,531. But as coronavirus hospitalizations rise, the number of daily deaths is predicted to get worse, with various experts recently warning that it could could surpass the current death toll. Recorded hospitalizations already are at unprecedented levels. More than 98,600 Covid-19 patients were in US hospitals Tuesday, the most counted during the pandemic. Health experts say they expect a lot more new cases due to Thanksgiving gatherings. The world appears to be moving closer to available Covid-19 vaccines. The U.K. has approved the vaccine and doses are soon to be available to the public. Oregon reported its highest number of deaths reported in a day. Texas set its record for coronavirus cases reported in one day, at more than 15,000. And Mississippi has more Covid-19 patients in hospitals than ever before, at more than 1,000, state officials said. The U.S. is struggling to keep the virus under control as new cases are being reported every day. A widespread distribution of vaccines may still be months away, but the US is preparing to ship out the first wave of vaccines, and health care workers and long-term care patients are at the top of the list to receive them. Federal officials expect to have 40 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine available by the end of December, but those doses will not all be available at once, CDC vaccine advisers were told Tuesday.