As COVID-19 hospitalizations begin to tick up, State health experts worry that it will present a challenge with the rise of the influenza and RSV stacked on top. Health officials are advising people to wash their hands, get vaccinated, stay home when sick and use preventive measures like masking up around vulnerable family members.
Politico reported, according to the CDC, nearly 30,000 people currently in the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, a 30 percent increase since Thanksgiving. As flu season outbreaks during the winter, COVID still remains to hit the hardest, fatally impacting immunocompromised people and adults older than 65. Hospitals are “exhausted,” says health officials. But—with New York, New Mexico, and Arizona among the hardest hit—COVID continues to impact unvaccinated communities.
A little more than 13 percent of Americans over the age of 5 have gotten their updated booster vaccine since it was released in September, according to the CDC. A third of older adults aged 65 and older, a group more susceptible to hospitalization, are a part of that vaccinated group. But cases will begin to decline once the majority of people are fully vaccinated, including booster shots.
“The situation facing our hospitals is extremely serious,” said Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer and state epidemiologist. “Hospitals are overwhelmed and don’t have enough beds to treat everyone in the manner they’re accustomed to.”
States like Mississippi and Arizona are down ICU beds with limited resources to support infected patients. Oregon Governor Kate Brown mandated an executive order on Wednesday in response to the RSV, Flu, and COVID-19 outbreaks.
Now, administering flu shots poses a challenge as the wave of flu and influenza continue to circulate. Health officials believe that the flu hit early and hard this year, threatening health care systems treating COVID patients. The goal by many health officials is to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates before the end of the year, a goal supported by the Biden administrations recently announced six-week campaign.
The community level of COVID-19 in Washington D.C. is low based on hospitalization is low, but the test positivity rate is high, continuing to impact unvaccinated DC residents. An average of 62 cases per day were reported in Washington, D.C., about the same as the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 172,044 cases have been reported.
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