Despite rising rates of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization in the United States, there has been no increase in the north-east.
In New England and New York and New Jersey, infection rates peaked in three months. COVID-19-related receptions are also on the rise – daily intake has more than doubled in the past month.
Overnight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has renewed community risk levels, raising many northeastern counties, especially New York and Massachusetts, to “high” vigilance levels. A “high” level of community indicates a “high potential for a health system strain” and a “high level of serious illness,” so the CDC recommends that people wear masks in public places, including schools.
“If we were still using the CDC COVID-19 risk classification, the northeast would be bright red, indicating an uncontrolled spread of the population. Vaccination and intensification rates are highest in this part of the country, but infections are still on the rise,” he said. . . Maureen Miller, an epidemiology professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, told ABC News.
Despite the fact that Manhattan and the rest of New York are still considered a “medium” risk, the rate of infection has increased by almost 33% in the last 10 days. Most of New York State is now painted orange for the “high” threat.
Boston-based Suffolk County, as well as six other counties in Massachusetts, are “high-risk” communities. Sewage levels in large parts of Boston have reached their highest level since early February, with residents between the ages of 20 and 29 reporting the highest number of infections.
Data show that in many parts of Vermont and Maine, community levels are at high or medium risk. Six northeastern states in the region – Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey – have the highest number of new cases per capita in the past week out of 50 states.
“I think the wave we are seeing is real and bigger than we estimate. Since most cases of COVID-19 are not reported – because people are tested at home or not at all – I wouldn’t be surprised to know that the number of daily infections is higher than in the delta, perhaps in the winter of 2020-21. David Dowdy, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told ABC News.
According to health experts, the increase was due to a combination of factors, including easing of masking requirements and other restrictions on COVID-19, as well as highly infectious omicron subvariants, particularly BA.1.12.1. The sub-variant is estimated to account for 36.5% of cases nationwide and 62% of infections in the New York-New Jersey area. BA.1.12.1 is estimated to be 30% to 80% more contagious than the original omicron strain.
“It is becoming clear that the latest version of Omicron BA.2 and its offspring, BA2.12.1, can avoid the immunity that results from the original Omicron infection. Vaccination is still highly recommended for those who are infected with Omicron. . “What changed the big game in how this wave came about was human behavior. There’s a lot of evidence now that wearing a mask can help slow down the spread of COVID-19 … I wear a mask every time I walk inside a building. From a supermarket to a plane. Life goes on.” but you have to be smart about it. “
Amid growing concerns about the return of mask and vaccine mandates, New York City Mayor Adams said Friday that officials are closely monitoring the increase, reiterating that the city is ready to “rotate and move” and that mitigation measures need to be reinstated.
“We can’t control what this virus is doing. But we can respond and we are doing it,” Adams told a cell news conference on Friday. “Yes, we are worried [about the numbers]. Yes we are. But not panic, not preparation, not panic. We are ready as a city and we will not panic. ”
Asked if the city would consider reinstating the mask mandate for K-12 schools and proving the need for vaccinations, Adams said the city was “not there yet.”
“We are turning and moving like COVID drills and shifts. Every morning we meet and, based on the results of our meetings, announce where we are going. If it stays at that level, we can turn and move and still fulfill mandates, “It’s alarming that we’re seeing an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. We can change. COVID rotations and shifts, I turn around and move,” Adams repeated. – In any case, we will make a decision after the morning meetings.
Adams praised the city’s immunization and booster performance, as well as access to home tests, which he said will help prevent a sharp rise in hospitalizations and deaths.
Earlier this week, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Wasan told CNBC that if infections and hospitalizations continue to increase, mask and vaccination requirements could inevitably return.
“If we move to a higher risk and healthier environment, we would seriously consider re-introducing those mandates,” Vasan said on Tuesday.