Omicron Cases Reported in 44 States as COVID-19 Cases Rise Across the US

People in lines to test for COVID-19 in NY where cases have increased.

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Authorities from 44 states have reported new cases of the Omicron variant, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Although the cases of coronavirus with the Omicron variant reported so far have been mild, experts advise that all precautions be taken to prevent further infections.

Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, and Wyoming, reported their first cases of COVID-19 of the Omicron variant on Friday. The fast-spreading variant had already been detected in 39 states previously.

“If there are a lot of hospital workers, nurses and doctors and ICU staff who call your home because they have symptomatic COVID, that will really affect a health system that is already under stress,” said the Dr. Peter Hotez, professor of pediatrics and molecular virology at Baylor College of Medicine, to CBS News.

Across the country, many hospitals are already at a breaking point due to the winter waves of the Delta bypass. In Wisconsin, just over 4% of ICU beds are available. In Nebraska, frontline workers are overwhelmed.

New York City now reports 8,300 new cases a day, according to state health officials. The increase is causing long lines at test centers and prompting some companies like Citibank to tell employees to work from home.

In Orlando, Florida, Omicron was found in nearly 100% of sewage samples taken this week, authorities said.

The CDC is again pushing for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but is no longer recommending the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine, in light of new data on the risk of a rare side effect of blood clotting. Johnson & Johnson’s blood-related injection.

Nationwide, hospitalizations increased by approximately 3% and deaths increased by approximately 7% during the last week. But some regions are seeing a much more pronounced increase.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have reported increases of more than 5% in new hospital admissions for COVID-19 over the past week.

Washington DC leads the nation with a 39% increase in hospitalizations. Connecticut’s COVID-19 admissions have increased by 24% in the past week. New Jersey, Illinois, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia each reported an increase of 11% or more.

The daily rate of vaccinations increased and 72.5% of the population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 61.3% are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data, and more than half were booster doses.

President Biden He said Thursday that vaccinations and boosters are essential to keep business and holiday gatherings safe. “For the unvaccinated, we are facing a winter of serious illness and death,” he said. “But there is good news if you are vaccinated and you have your booster shot, you are protected against serious illness and death.”

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