Hospitalizations nearly triple in one month – NBC New York

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in New York exceeded 2,000 for the first time since late Tuesday, February, and nearly tripled in just one month, as highly contagious omicron subvariants trigger renewed precautionary requests for part of local and national officials.

The uptrend continued on Wednesday.

As of the latest update from Governor Kathy Hochul, 2,119 New Yorkers were hospitalized with COVID in all 10 regions of the state, an increase of 153% since April 3 alone, although still well below of 13,000 admitted during the January peak increase of the variant.

The COVID hospitalization rate per 100,000 New Yorkers has more than doubled in the same period, from 4.25 to 9.84, according to state data, with Finger Lakes feeding the latest increases at a regional rate of 28.04 COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 residents on a seven-day basis. And while only 47% of patients hospitalized with COVID across the state were admitted for this reason, the numbers are on track.

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Here’s a look at COVID’s hospitalization trends in New York State.

The proportion of COVID patients hospitalized in central New York, which was driving the increase in COVID in New York a few weeks ago, is 62.4%, well above the state average, for example. At the time, health officials blamed the overall increase in infection to a higher-than-national prevalence of the omicron BA.2.12.1 and BA.2.12 subvariants.

Now, the first, which a new prepress study, not yet peer-reviewed, says is 25% more contagious than the “inherently more transmissible” omicron BA.2 subvariant that was earlier, is estimated to represent up to 70% of all viruses circulating in the CDC region including the Empire State, another weekly increase in prevalence.

In comparison, the high end of the CDC estimate for the national prevalence of BA.2.12.1 is 45%, and it is still believed that BA.2 is driving most cases in America. And the potential drip effect in New York is already materializing.

Although the rate of COVID infection in central New York continues to stabilize or even decline, the state says, the other regions that experienced lower viral rates, including New York City and Long Island , are seeing their basic COVID metrics increase.

The five municipalities now have their COVID hospitalization rate per 100,000 residents since early March, and while it remains fairly low (5.86 continuously), it could very well increase in the coming weeks if the infection rate continues to rise.

Earlier this week, New York City health officials raised the COVID alert level by half, with cases exceeding a rate of 200 per 100,000 people in all five districts. It was the first time the health department had adjusted to this level since it launched the new system under the administration of Mayor Eric Adams earlier this year.

Two districts, Manhattan and Staten Island, are now also considered medium-risk COVID counties by the CDC. Of the 56 U.S. counties with a high-risk CDC designation as of Wednesday, more than half are in New York State.

Although so far no scientific evidence links BA.2.12.1 to more serious COVID-related diseases or to a reduced efficacy of the vaccine at this time, the increase in transmissibility seems clear.

No new COVID protocol will be implemented (or re-implemented) at this point in the city, but if the alert level reaches a high level, the highest of the three set by health officials, a face mask warrant inside for all people regardless of vaccination. could return.

For now, New York Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan says New Yorkers should be more careful than they have been in recent weeks, and is recommended for those at higher risk of suffering. serious illness by COVID, for any reason, that they consider avoiding the crowd. indoor meetings and other high-risk situations.

“The coming weeks will be critical to curb the spread of COVID-19 and return to a low-risk level so that we can enjoy spring more safely,” Vasan said Monday. “And remember, the measures you take to protect yourself also protect others, especially the most vulnerable. As a city, we have the tools we need to fight this virus. As New Yorkers, we are together in this. By incorporating these steps. in our daily lives, we can continue to take care of each other and ourselves. ”

The CDC also reiterated its recommendation for travel masks a day ago, citing COVID’s current spread rates and projected trends in its decision-making process.

Subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which early data suggest are less contagious than BA.2.12.1 but more transmissible than BA.2, have been circulating in South Africa and Europe, but have not yet been detected. using laboratory results in the US. They’re probably still here.

According to the CDC, less than 1% of the country’s more than 81 million COVID infections have so far been genomically sequenced to isolate variants.

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