CNN News: Covid-19 hospitalizations reach record high, HHS data shows

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As of January 11, 2022, more than 145,900 people were in hospitals across the US, surpassing the previous peak from January 2021. The number of hospitalization is a record high, pushing the health infrastructure towards emergency staffing and adding great strain on the health care networks. A high number comes amid a surge in Omicron cases, a high transmissible COVID-19 variant. Hospitals are struggling with staffing as more and more employees are testing positive and thus required to isolate and recover. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, at least 2,700 medical staffers are being hired, trained, and deployed to assist with the surge. On Monday, January 10, 2022, Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, declared a limited state of emergency after the number of ICU hospitalized doubled since December 1. Kentucky has already mobilized the National Guard to provide support with 445 members being sent to health care facilities across the state. The US averaged more than 754, 200 COVID-19 cases daily over the last week which is about three times last winter’s peak average and 4.5 times the peak that was driven by the Delta strain. Read the full article here

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