Omicron Peak due in February as COVID hospitalizations in New York City surpass 10,000 – NBC New York

What there is to know

  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul Continues to Promote Vaccinations and Testing as State Battles Worst COVID-19 Wave in a Year; Statewide COVID hospitalizations surpassed 10,000 as of Tuesday
  • The risk of breakthrough infections more than quintupled in December while the risk of breakthrough hospitalizations nearly doubled; Unvaccinated NYers are still infected and hospitalized at more than 6 times and 14 times the rate, respectively, of vaccinated
  • Omicron, whose first case in New York was reported on Dec. 2, accounted for 93.8% of the sequenced samples uploaded to GISAID, in the past two weeks, although the CDC estimates its share could reach 99.1%.

COVID-related hospitalizations in New York City topped 10,000 and then some on Tuesday, totaling their highest levels since early May 2020, with new estimates released by the CDC putting the regional prevalence of omicron at 99% .

The estimated share of the variant in current COVID-19 cases in the United States is at least 92% or more, according to the federal health agency. Both reflect large increases from last week, especially nationally, and come as New York and America struggle almost daily with record workloads as well as virus hospitalizations.

The data is almost difficult to understand. More than one in five tests in New York are coming back positive these days, and that number is expected to rebound significantly on Wednesday after Gov. Kathy Hochul said delays in reporting over the holiday weekend were likely to be the cause. of the number of daily “deceptive” cases in the 51,000-53,000 range over the past two days after approaching a record 90,000 on the first day of the new year.

However, the growing number of hospitalizations statewide is not misleading. As of Tuesday, the statewide number of hospitalizations stood at 10,411, the highest total since April 30, 2020, when the total was 10,993. The level of increase in the past two days alone (1638), for comparison, is only 238 admissions fewer than the statewide total hospitalizations exactly three months ago.

And the number is set to climb further, with this latest viral wave, as a Manhattan emergency room doctor said this week, “making people really sick in a different way” than previous waves.

More than half of all hospitalized COVID patients statewide are in New York City, which has the second largest adult full vaccination rate (84.1%) of the 10 regions in the state behind Long Island (86, 5%). Yet the two regions, again altered by their density relative to the others, find themselves at the top of the COVID impact charts.

South Nassau’s Mount Sinai told News 4 on Tuesday it was rescheduling most elective surgeries that require overnight hospitalization conditions in a bid to preserve hospital capacity as COVID-19 cases skyrocket without weaken. It is one of nearly two dozen hospitals in the state that have taken such steps to keep bed capacity above 10% according to the state’s peak winter plan.

Mount Sinai says the number of hospitalized COVID-positive patients reached 100 on Tuesday morning, representing about a third of all available beds at the South Nassau facility. And it’s not just about the patients.

Nearly 200 of its employees are sick, whether for quarantine or surveillance purposes, due to the improved COVID-19 protocol. Many may be back in the freshly relaxed five-day isolation window, but given how badly omicron has raged across the state in recent weeks, many more may come out when they return.

The number of hospitals on hiatus peaked in late November, around 32, and has since declined to around 22 on Tuesday as the state takes advantage of updated federal quarantine guidelines and deploys various resources and plans to mitigate the far-reaching impacts of the omicron surge.

Rates in children have skyrocketed in New York in recent weeks, especially in the city, prompting parents to get their eligible youngest children vaccinated and to get boosters for their older ones, now that the FDA approved third doses of Pfizer for 12 year olds. to 15. It is not clear when 5 to 11 year olds may be eligible.

Mount Sinai said in a statement that it is closely monitoring the situation and “we remain hopeful that the recent outbreak of COVID due to the omicron variant will peak in the coming weeks and then begin to reduce the number of new cases of COVID that we see in our emergency department and in other areas of the hospital.

The state also carefully monitors the data. Hochul said it would be a critical week to assess whether “broader steps” are needed to preserve hospital capacity amid a viral wave she doesn’t expect to reach until next month.

Long Island has the highest mobile positivity rate of New York’s 10 regions as of the state’s Tuesday update, with more than a quarter of all tests done in that region coming back positive. More than one in five returns positive in the city. Of the five boroughs, the Bronx has the highest positivity rate at around 28%.

Groundbreaking COVID cases account for a growing share of positives, although state data shows the unvaccinated are still at least six times more likely to be infected. They are 14 times more likely to be hospitalized with the virus, according to the latest statistics.

Ultimately, officials say vaccinations will reduce the increase in hospitalizations and deaths associated with the omicron wave – and these measures concern them far more than infections alone. That’s why they’re calling for calm right now – and pushing COVID vaccinations and reminders for those who need to get them.

Hochul once again sought to make this point clear in a statement on Tuesday, saying, “The best way to protect ourselves and our children from being hospitalized with COVID is with the vaccine and the booster. keep fighting the surge of winter, keep using these tools: get your second dose and booster when you are eligible, get your kids vaccinated, remember to wear a mask and stay home if you’re not feeling well. If we don’t, many more New Yorkers will continue to get sick. “

Reporting by Jessica Cunnington and Anjali Hemphill of NBC New York.


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