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COVID hospitalizations jump again: Maps show where it’s worst

USA, (Qnnflash) – For the second consecutive week, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has seen a significant rise, surging by over 12%, marking a concerning trend. In the past week alone, an additional 9,056 individuals were admitted to hospitals due to the virus, signifying a 12.5% increase, based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This upturn in hospitalizations is part of the ongoing summer wave of COVID-19 cases that began a few weeks ago. Last week, new hospitalizations had already risen by 12.1%, indicating a sustained and growing impact.

In multiple states, the increase in hospitalizations has far exceeded the 12% mark. Approximately two dozen states, including Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, reported more than a 20% surge in new COVID-19 hospitalizations.

New Hampshire experienced the most significant escalation in a single week, witnessing a staggering 96% increase, nearly doubling the number of hospital admissions.

However, the surge is not uniform across all regions within a state. County-level data reveals that while hospitalizations might triple in one area, another part of the state might see fewer individuals seeking treatment for serious COVID-19 symptoms. This discrepancy underscores the localized nature of the outbreak.

Jill Rosenthal, the Director of Public Health Policy at the Center for American Progress, suggests that the recurring summer surges of COVID-19 could be becoming the new norm. She pointed out that such waves have been observed over the past few summers, indicating that an increase during this season isn’t unexpected.

The trend could be attributed to various factors. During the winter, people tend to socialize indoors, which can facilitate the spread of the virus. In contrast, summer sees a rise in overall travel and social interactions. Additionally, in warmer regions, individuals often spend more time indoors with air conditioning, rather than being outside. The omicron variant remains the predominant strain, constituting around 99.9% of cases, according to the CDC.

As the situation evolves, health officials and experts continue to emphasize the importance of vaccinations, preventive measures, and local interventions to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

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