The previous peak was 142,246, on January 14, 2021, according to HHS. During a delta-variable rush over the summer, the number peaked at around 104,000 on September 1.
In Virginia, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a limited emergency on Monday after the number of hospitalized intensive care unit cases more than doubled since December 1. The order allows hospitals to expand bed capacity and provides more flexibility in staffing, he said, adding that it also expands the use of telehealth as well as broadening the jurisdiction of doctors who can administer vaccines.
In Texas, at least 2,700 medical personnel are being recruited, trained and deployed to help with the surge, joining more than 1,300 personnel already dispatched across the state, the Texas Department of Health Services said in a statement to CNN.
Kentucky has mobilized the National Guard to provide support, with 445 members sent to 30 health care facilities.
“Omicron continues to burn across the Commonwealth, and is growing at levels we’ve never seen before. Omicron is significantly more contagious than the delta variant,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, referring to the earlier variant that spurred increased cases in the summer and fall months.
“If it spreads at the rate we’re seeing, it’s certainly going to fill our hospitals,” he said, “and Kentucky is “down to 134 adult intensive care beds.”
Mitigation measures such as mandatory masking are also being revived in some areas.
Delaware Governor John Carney signed a blanket authorization for indoor mask Monday due to a surge in hospitalizations, with some hospitals “more than 100% of inpatient bed capacity amid severe staffing shortages,” he said in a statement. Churches and places of worship are exempt from the mandate, while companies must provide masks to customers and have signage on indoor mask requirements.
“I know we’re all exhausted by this pandemic. But at the level of hospitalization we’re seeing, Delaware residents who need emergency care may not be able to get it. It’s just a fact. It’s time for everyone to get involved and do what works. Wear your mask indoors. Avoid Crowds or anticipate and spread Covid. Get your vaccine, and if you qualify, get a boost. That’s how we’re going to get through this increase without putting more lives at risk,” Carney said.
With the spread of the Omicron variant, cases of Covid-19 have exploded.
The number of new Covid-19 cases in the United States has averaged 754,200 per day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That’s about three times the average peak last winter (251,987 on January 11, 2021), and 4.5 times the delta-driven peak (166,347 on September 1), according to JHU.
The country has averaged 1,646 Covid-19 deaths per day over the past week — 33% higher than last week, according to JHU. The average peak was 3,402 per day on January 13, 2021, JHU data shows.
Hospitalizations from superinfection are increasing, but the risks of not being vaccinated are higher
HHS data on Covid-19 hospital admissions includes both patients who have been hospitalized with complications of Covid-19 and those who may have been admitted for something else but have tested positive for Covid-19. This has been true throughout the epidemic, although the proportion of patients who fall into each category has changed over time.
Fully vaccinated people represent a growing proportion of people hospitalized with Covid-19 – but hospitalizations among people who received a booster dose remain rare, and the gap in risk by vaccination status was wide.
Between April and July 2021, before the Omicron variant emerged, more than 90% of Covid-19 hospital admissions were among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, according to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But a sample of data collected by CNN suggests that number has fallen to between 60% and 75% in recent days and months:
• In Pennsylvania, about 75% of Covid-19 hospital admissions between September and early December 2021 were among people not fully vaccinated, according to data from the state health department.
• In New York, about 61% of Covid-19 hospital admissions during the week ending January 2, 2022 were among people not fully vaccinated, according to state health department data.
• Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system, reported Thursday that 62% of Covid-19 patients at its eight hospitals have not received a vaccination.
In some hospitals, as many as 40% of Covid-19 patients “are coming not because they are sick with Covid, but because they are bringing in something else and Covid or the Omicron variant has been detected,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky told Fox News on Sunday. .
“If they are (accidentally) diagnosed with Covid in hospital, they still need to get into the infection protocol — personal protective equipment, all that still needs to be used. So it’s a huge drain on the system overall,” Gupta said on Tuesday.
While fully vaccinated people account for a larger proportion of Covid-19 hospital admissions, multiple accounts indicate that those fully vaccinated and boosted account for a small share.
Less than 5% of patients in the hospital have been fully vaccinated and boosted, President and CEO Dr. Mohan Sontha said Thursday at the University of Maryland Medical System. Beaumont Health reported Thursday that only 8% of Covid-19 patients have been fully vaccinated and boosted.
The CDC did not respond to CNN’s multiple requests for data on the share of Covid-19 hospitals by vaccination status.
The agency publishes data on its website regarding relative risks by vaccination status. Cumulatively, the risk of hospitalization was eight times higher for unvaccinated people than for fully vaccinated people. But in the last week of November, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed hospitalization rates were about 17 times higher for unvaccinated people than for fully vaccinated people.
Schools and Industries Facing Omicron . Issues
As Los Angeles prepares to return to school on Tuesday, nearly 62,000 students and staff have tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to stay home, data from the Los Angeles Consolidated School District showed Monday, equating to a 14.99 positivity rate. %. By comparison, Los Angeles County’s overall positivity rate rose to 22%.
Other sectors are also struggling due to high infection rates.
Some municipalities have seen nearly a quarter of their garbage-collecting workforce in recent weeks due to Covid-19, which has led to delays, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America.
“This has unfortunately coincided with an increase in the volume of waste and recycling associated with the holidays. However, we hope that as volumes decrease and sanitation workers return to work, these delays will be temporary,” CEO and CEO David Biderman said in a statement Monday. .
Public transit systems in major metropolitan areas such as New York City and Washington, D.C. have had to scale back service with employees sick from Covid-19. In Detroit, 20-25% of SMART bus service has been canceled or delayed, the agency said in a statement Saturday.
Rosa Flores, Claudia Dominguez, David Shortel, Pete Montaigne, Melissa Alonso, Hana Sarrison, Sherry Mossberg and Jane Silva contributed to this report.