COVID-19 Cases And Hospitalizations On The Rise (Again)

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again
Note the rise on the far right of the graph (via NY Times)

Well, here we go again, kids. The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again in nearly every state in the U.S.

From the New York Times:

Reports of new cases were nearly flat in the United States at the beginning of April, but as the month draws to a close, they are increasing in all but three states, signaling a wave that is increasingly national in scope.

The recent increase was once concentrated in the Northeast, but the effects of the highly contagious BA.2 subvariant is growing more geographically diverse. In the last two weeks, cases have more than doubled in states from West Virginia to Utah.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise nationwide, after plummeting early this month to their lowest point since March 2020. More than 30 states and territories have seen their hospitalization rates tick up in the past two weeks.

Since mid-April, the number of hospitalizations in the much of the Northeast has risen by 40% or more.

Also, it’s important to note that home testing isn’t reported most of the time. So, odds are there are even more new cases than we know about.

According to reports, testing of public sewage (an important measure of actual virus in a community) is on the rise.

Wastewater surveillance captures the presence of SARS-CoV-2 shed by people with and without symptoms. By measuring SARS-CoV-2 levels in untreated wastewater over time, public health officials can determine if infections are increasing or decreasing.

And folks, please get vaccinated. As I reported earlier this month, a new study shows vaccinations prevented 2.2 million deaths, 17 million hospitalizations and 66.1 million additional infections through March 2022.