Over the weekend, the number of patients in U.S. hospitals with Covid-19 topped last winter’s peak, and the government announced another single-day record of roughly 1.5 million new cases on Monday, two gloomy milestones as the country’s health system grapples with the highly contagious omicron strain.
According to data maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services, there were 144,441 Americans hospitalised with the virus as of Sunday, surpassing the previous high of 142,315 people recorded about a year ago on Jan. 14, and the number has risen to 147,000 as of Tuesday.
As many jurisdictions submit their weekend Covid testing data on Mondays, the daily total of confirmed infections is likely artificially high. On Monday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that nearly half of the city’s Hospitalizations are due to Covid rather than for Covid. Because most states do not track that amount of detail in their cases, no national data is available. The number of cases is also likely to be underestimated due to the widespread availability of at-home test kits, the findings of which are rarely reported to state or federal authorities.