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Omicron Hospitalizations Increasing with Each Day in the US

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.

According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, the country recorded about 1.5 million new cases on Monday, bringing the seven-day average to 754,000 new cases per day. To be fair, a major part of Covid Hospitalizations appear to be caused by people who are admitted for other reasons but later test positive for the virus. While Hospitalizations are at an all-time high, HHS did not begin collecting data until August 2020, so it misses the first early spring increase of illnesses.

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.

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